Siku quanshu

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Volumes of the index to the Sìkù quánshū, on display at the Tôyô Bunko
  • Chinese: 四庫全書 (Sìkù Quánshū)

The Sìkù quánshū is a collection of Chinese texts compiled by some 4000 scholars at the order of the Qianlong Emperor in 1772 to 1781. It is the largest collection of Chinese texts ever assembled historically, containing some 3400 texts in 80,000 volumes, collected into 36,000 fascicles.

The collection is organized into four categories: Confucianism, history, philosophy and natural philosophy, and literature.


  • Gallery labels, Tôyô Bunko.[1]