(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.