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Siku Quanshu 文淵閣四庫全書


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Siku Quanshu Wenyuange edition 1782 (The Complete Library of Four Treasures, 四庫全書) has been deemed as an essential resource for Chinese humanity studies. Initiated by Emperor Qianlong in the late 18th century, the project aimed to collect the most comprehensive information representing the major categories of traditional Chinese knowledge.

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