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  • Map
    Yuenan quan jing yu tu.
    越南全境輿圖 | Complete map of Vietnam
    "This undated brush and ink manuscript map of Vietnam during the 19th century combines features of the traditional cartography practiced in both China and Vietnam with some Western elements. The place names and a text block in the lower right-hand corner are in classical Chinese calligraphy, the writing system used by both Chinese and Vietnamese scholar-officials. Traditional elements include its pictorial style (mountains, trees,...
    • Date: 1885
  • Book/Printed Material
    An Nam Unification Records. This work consists of eyewitness accounts of events that took place in Vietnam between 1767 and 1804. Evidence points to a high-ranking court official, Ngo Thoi Nham (also called Ngo Thi Nham, 1746--1803) as the author of the first seven chapters. Another contributing author is thought to be Ngo Thoi Chi, a court official who accompanied the last Lê king, Lê Chiêu Thó̂ng, into...
    • Contributor: Ngô Thì Nhậm - Ngô, Thơì Chí, 1788 - Ngô, Thơì Du
    • Date: 1767

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    Khủn Tinh Poems. This work is among the most important written representations of the folklore of the Thai, or Tay, people in Vietnam, an ethnic group that once lived in southwest China, northeast Thailand, and Burma. Thai people migrated south about 1,000 years ago to escape from the Chinese, and in the present day constitute one of the largest minorities in Vietnam. The written language of Vietnamese...
    • Date: 1700
  • Book/Printed Material
    French Indochina Today. Volume 2: Tonkin-Annam.
    L'Indo-Chine française contemporaine
    L'Indo-Chine française contemporaine (French Indochina today) is a comprehensive study of French Indochina, a second edition of which was published in Paris in 1885. The work is in two volumes, each with two parts, covering what at that time were the four regions of French Indochina: Cochinchina (the extreme southern part of present-day Vietnam), Cambodia, Tonkin (the northern part of Vietnam), and Annam (central...
    • Contributor: Bouinais, Albert
    • Date: 1885
  • Book/Printed Material
    A Campaign in Tonkin.
    Une campagne au Tonkin
    Une campagne au Tonkin (A campaign in Tonkin) is a first-hand account of the military campaign mounted by France in 1883-86 in order to establish a protectorate over Tonkin (northern Vietnam). The author, Charles-Edouard Hocquard (1853-1911), was a military doctor who sailed with a French battalion from Toulon in January 1884. He arrived in the Gulf of Tonkin the following month and immediately proceeded...
    • Contributor: Hocquard, Charles-Edouard
    • Date: 1892
  • Book/Printed Material
    Historical and Archaeological Study of Cổ-Loa, the Capital of the Old Kingdom of Âu Lạc, from 255--207 BC.
    Étude historique et archéologique sur Cổ-Loa, capitale de l'ancien royaume de Âu Lạc, 255-207 avant J.C.
    Étude historique et archéologique sur Cổ-Loa, capitale de l'ancien royaume de Âu Lạc, 255-207 avant J.-C. (Historical and archaeological study of Cổ-Loa, the capital of the old kingdom of Âu Lạc, from 255--207 BC) was published in 1893, several decades after the French had established their colonial presence in Vietnam. The book documents findings from the mission directed by Gustave Dumoutier (1850-1904) to explore...
    • Contributor: Dumoutier, G. (Gustave)
    • Date: 1893
  • Book/Printed Material
    French Indo-China. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French Indo-China is Number 78 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after the...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
  • Book/Printed Material
    Mechanics and Crafts of the People of Annam.
    Technique du peuple annamite
    Henri J. Oger was a colonial administrator in French Indochina with a deep admiration for the people and culture of Vietnam, or Annam, as the French then called it. In 1908-9 he commissioned artists and wood carvers to visit the 36 streets of Hanoi and the surrounding countryside in order to document the material culture, methods of production, and cultural practices of the common...
    • Contributor: Oger, Henri
    • Date: 1908
  • Map
    Carte des royaumes de Siam, de Tunquin, Pegu, Ava Aracan, &c. "Jacques Bellin (1703-72) was a prolific cartographer attached to the French Marine Office. His sea atlases reflected the careful mapping of bays, seas, and harbors that characterized 18th-century French naval cartography. In 1764, he published Le Petit Atlas Maritime (Small maritime atlas), a work in five volumes, containing 581 maps. This map, from the third volume of the atlas, shows the kingdoms of southeast...
    • Contributor: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
    • Date: 1764
  • Map
    Great China Embracing the Kingdoms under Heaven. This rare Chinese map of the world is an important example of Chinese cartography from the early 19th century. The map is a hand-colored wood-block print, first published in Beijing by Zhu Xiling. China is at the center of the map, which shows the Great Wall, Lop Nur Desert, provincial divisions, provincial and regional capitals, military outposts, local settlements, and the main waterways and...
    • Contributor: Zhu, Xiling
    • Date: 1818
  • Book/Printed Material
    Annamite Bibliography.
    Bibliographie annamite
    Bibliographie annamite (Annamite bibliography) is a bibliography of books, periodical articles, manuscripts, and maps from or about Vietnam, going back to the arrival of the first French priest in the country in the 17th century. It lists 470 items, including works in French, English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian. The bibliography is organized in five parts. Part one lists books and articles published in...
    • Contributor: Barbié Du Bocage, V.-A. (Victor-Amédée)
    • Date: 1867
  • Map
    Carte de l'Indo-Chine "This map of Indochina, published under the auspices of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Colonies, was compiled by Pierre-Paul Cupet (1859-1907), Jean-Baptiste Friquegnon (1858-1934), and Joseph de Malglaive (1862-1914), all officers in the French Army and members of the Pavie Mission. Auguste Pavie (1847-1925) was a French naval officer, explorer, and colonial administrator who, between 1879 and 1895, led a series of...
    • Contributor: Friquegnon, Jean-Baptiste - Malglaive, J. De (Joseph) - Cupet, P.
    • Date: 1895
  • Map
    Carte de l'Indo-Chine orientale "This 1881 map of eastern Indochina is by Jules Léon Dutreuil de Rhins (1846-94), a French naval officer, explorer, and geographer. Dutreuil de Rhins led an adventurous life that took him to Mexico, the Congo, Indochina, and Central Asia. In 1876-77, he commanded a ship in the navy of the King of Annam, and in 1879 published a book entitled Le royaume d'Annam et...
    • Contributor: Rhins, J.-L. Dutreuil De (Jules Léon)
    • Date: 1881
  • Book/Printed Material
    Newly Inscribed Medical Understandings of the Medical Master Hải Thượng. Introductory Volume. Shown here is the introductory volume to an extensive set of medical, philosophical, and literary writings by the famous physician Lê Hữu Trác (commonly known as Hải Thượng Lãn Ông, 1720--91). The full set includes 61 volumes, plus this head volume or introductory volume, and an end or addendum volume. The set also includes two prefaces: one by Hải Thượng, the author, written in...
    • Contributor: Hải Thượng Lãn Ông
    • Date: 1885
  • Book/Printed Material
    La colonisation de l'Indo-Chine; l'expérience anglaise, La colonisation de l'Indo-Chine: L'Expérience anglaise (The colonization of Indochina: the English experience) is an 1892 case study of the British colonial experience in Asia and its lessons for France in the administration of French Indochina (present-day Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam). The author, influential French essayist and colonial theorist Joseph Chailley-Bert (1854-1928), was a passionate advocate of reforming France's colonization practices and governing strategies,...
    • Contributor: Chailley-Bert, Joseph
    • Date: 1892
  • Book/Printed Material
    Exploratory Expedition through Indochina.
    Voyage d'exploration en Indo-Chine
    Voyage d'exploration en Indo-Chine (Exploratory expedition through Indochina) is an edited and annotated reprint of the account of the Mekong expedition of 1867-68, first published in 1870 in the French geographic weekly Le Tour du Monde. The book is by Francis Garnier (1839-73), the young naval officer who is credited with proposing and being the driving force behind the expedition, which was commanded by...
    • Contributor: Garnier, Léon - Garnier, Francis - Doudart De Lagrée, Ernest
    • Date: 1885
  • Book/Printed Material
    Embassy to the eastern courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat; in the U.S. sloop-of-war Peacock ... during the years 1832-3-4. In 1832 U.S. president Andrew Jackson, acting on the advice of Secretary of the Navy Levi Woodbury, dispatched Edmund Roberts as a "special agent of the government," empowered to negotiate treaties of amity and commerce with countries in Asia. The objective was to expand trade between these countries and the United States. Between early 1832 and May 1834, Roberts circumnavigated the globe in the...
    • Contributor: Roberts, Edmund
    • Date: 1837
  • Book/Printed Material
    Burma under British rule Joseph Dautremer was a French scholar specializing in Asian languages who served for a time as the French consul in Rangoon, the capital of British Burma. Burma Under British Rule is a detailed study of Burma, with chapters devoted to the history, people, physical geography, economy, and international trade of the country. A brief concluding chapter deals with the Andaman Islands, where the British...
    • Contributor: Dautremer, Joseph
    • Date: 1913
  • Book/Printed Material
    A voyage in the Indian Ocean and to Bengal, undertaken in the years 1789 and 1790: containing an account of the Sechelles Islands and Trincomale ... To which is added a voyage ... Louis de Grandpré was a French army officer who made an extensive tour of the Indian Ocean region in 1789-90. This account of his voyage is an English translation of the original French version, which was published in Paris in 1801 under the title Voyage dans l'Inde et au Bengale fait dans les années 1789 et 1790, contenant la description des îles Séchelles et...
    • Contributor: Grandpré, L. De (Louis)
    • Date: 1803
  • Book/Printed Material
    A voyage round the world : including an embassy to Muscat and Siam in 1835, 1836, and 1837 In 1832, U.S. president Andrew Jackson, acting on the advice of Secretary of the Navy Levi Woodbury, dispatched Edmund Roberts as a "special agent of the government," empowered to negotiate treaties of amity and commerce with countries in Asia. The objective was to expand trade between these countries and the United States. Between early 1832 and May 1834, Roberts circumnavigated the globe. In the...
    • Contributor: Ruschenberger, W. S. W. (William Samuel Waithman) - Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1838
  • Book/Printed Material
    Voyage and Exploration in Cambodia and the Area to Its North. Jianpuzhai yi bei tan lu ji (Voyage and exploration in Cambodia and the area to its north) is a Chinese translation from an original French work entitled Voyage d'exploration en Indo-Chine effectué pendant les années 1866, 1867 et 1868 par une commission française. Its author was François Garnier (1839-73), a French naval officer and explorer. The work was written around 1873 during the reign...
    • Contributor: Ding, Richang - Garnier, Francis - LI, Wentian
    • Date: 1873
  • Book/Printed Material
    The Tale of Kiều. This is a manuscript of Truyện Kiều (also known as Kim Văn Kiều; The tale of Kiều) by Nguyễn Du (1765-1820), perhaps the most important poem in Vietnamese literature. It is written in Chư̈ Nôm (Sino-Vietnamese characters). The story is based on a 17th-century Ming Chinese novel, which Nguyễn Du read while he traveled to China in 1813. The plot portrays the chaotic political...
    • Contributor: Nguyễn, Du
    • Date: 1888
  • Periodical
    Kandahār Civilization, social life and customs of Kandahār, Province of Afghanistan. Kandahār was founded in 1960 as the monthly magazine of the Pushto vernacular in Kandahar Province. It was established within the structure of the Kandahar-based Tolo-e Afghan newspaper, with Mohammad Wali Zulmay as the first editor in chief. In an editorial note dated April 21, 1961, and entitled "With the Writers of Kandahār," the...
    • Contributor: Kandahār (Afghanistan : Province). Da It̤t̤ilāʻāto Aw Kultūr Riyāsat
    • Date: 1960
  • Book/Printed Material
    Historic Records of the East Capital of the Northern Song. Dongdu shi lue (Historic records of the east capital of the Northern Song) is a history of the nine courts of the Northern Song (960--1127), mainly consisting of a series of biographies, beginning with Taizu Jianlong (reigned 960--63) and ending with Qinzong Jiankang (reigned 1126--27). The book is divided into 12 juan of general historical information, five juan on high official families, 105 juan...
    • Contributor: Wang, Cheng, 12th Century
    • Date: 1190
  • Book/Printed Material
    The Tale of Kiều. Truyện Kiều (The tale of Kiều), written by Nguyễn Du (1765-1820) is regarded as the most significant poem in Vietnamese literature. It was composed in Lục-bát (6-8) stanzas and its original title in Vietnamese is Đoạn Trường Tân Thanh (A new cry from a broken heart). However, it is better known as Truyện Kiều or Kim Văn Kiều. The story is based on a...
    • Contributor: Nguyễn, Du - Pelliot, Paul
    • Date: 1894