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Chinese Rare Books at the University of Colorado Boulder

An introduction to rare and historical Chinese books in the Rare Books Collection, along with historical books on China by non-Chinese authors.


As Europeans moved to trade with and colonize much of the globe in the early modern period, China was always a source of fascination. A large number of books, including many travel accounts, were published from the 1600s-1800s on China. But these works, unsurprisingly, remained inaccurate, or downright racist, for centuries. As with other Asian countries, many European depictions took a clichéd view of China and its people (akin to Edward Said's "orientalism").

Rare and Distinctive Collections


Classroom: Norlin N345

Reading Room: Norlin M350B