Rare French work on Confucius handed over to China National Library

2020-11-05 Ecns.cn Editor:Ji Xiang

(ECNS) -- A French-language book "An Introduction to The Analects of Confucius" entered National Library of China on Wednesday.

It is the earliest-known French work on Confucius, an ancient Chinese philosopher and educator (551 BC - 479 BC).

Published in 1688, it is also the first intact manuscript written in a foreign language during the European Enlightenment collected by the library. 

A particular exhibition was held to display the rare book, showing its significance in Sino-French cultural exchange.

Italian, German, English... Other foreign works on Confucius, mostly dated between the 17th and 19th centuries, were also put on show.

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