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  • Si ku quan shu

Other Title

  • 四庫全書

Translated Title

  • The Complete Library in Four Sections (Siku Quanshu)


  • Siku quanshu (Complete library in four sections), compiled in the Qianlong period of the Qing dynasty, was the largest collection of texts in pre-modern China and has an important historical place in the histories of cultural texts and academic thought in China. The Wenjin ge edition is a manuscript written during the Qianlong reign. It includes a total of 36,304 volumes in 6,144 boxes placed on 128 bookshelves. They comprise 79,309 juan (sections) and were originally kept in the Wenjin Pavilion at the Summer Palace in Rehe (Jehol, now Chengde). In 1914, they became part of the holdings of the Capital Library (now the National Library of China). The complete collection is divided into four sections: classics, histories, masters, and belles-lettres, each bound in the colors of one of the four seasons, for convenient browsing. The texts on which the Wenjin ge edition was based were the books kept in the Palace Treasury, books compiled by the Qing court, books submitted from all quarters of the empire, and books reconstituted from the Yongle Encyclopedia. The complete set of the Siku quanshu in the National Library of China preserves a rich body of literature and historical materials, as well as the original shelving, cases, and books.


  • Ji, Yun, 1724-1805 Editor

Created / Published

  • Beijing : Emperor Gaozong of the Qing dynasty, Aisin-Gioro Hongli, [1773 to 1781].


  • -  China
  • -  1773 to 1781
  • -  Qing dynasty, 1644-1911


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: Five volumes, 31.6 x 20 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of China.
  • -  Content in Chinese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
  • -  Title revised per Asian Division.--cc28 2023-01-06


  • 1 online resource.

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  • Chinese Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Prints

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  • 2021666133

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Ji, Yun, Editor. Si Ku Quan Shu. [Beijing: Emperor Gaozong of the Qing dynasty, Aisin-Gioro Hongli, to 1781, 1773] Pdf.

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Ji, Y. (1773) Si Ku Quan Shu. [Beijing: Emperor Gaozong of the Qing dynasty, Aisin-Gioro Hongli, to 1781] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Ji, Yun, Editor. Si Ku Quan Shu. [Beijing: Emperor Gaozong of the Qing dynasty, Aisin-Gioro Hongli, to 1781, 1773] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.