Lyce Jankowski of the Université Paris-Diderot submitted this announcement of her new book on Chinese numismatic scholarship in the first half of the nineteenth century.
I am pleased to announce the publication of Les Amis des monnaies, la sociabilité savante des collectionneurs et numismates chinois de la fin des Qing
([Numismatic Friendship - Social Networks of Numismatists and Coin Collectors during the late Qing Dynasty] (Paris: Hémisphères Maisonneuve & larose,
Coin collections started in China during the sixth century AD, nearly one millennium before the first numismatic manuscript in the Western world was published. The curiosity
for coins continued growing during the following centuries, even under foreign imperial rules. In the middle of the eighteenth century, the Emperor Qianlong possessed the most
comprehensive collection including an example of all the coins cast in East Asia since the seventh century BC. Coins were also carefully collected and studied by scholars, who
between them developed a 'numismatic friendship'.
The period from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century constitutes a golden age for Chinese numismatics. Following the publication in 1751 of the Qinding
qianlu (The Imperially Ordered Catalogue of Coins), many collectors became interested in coins and engaged themselves in publishing catalogues, monographs, or other
studies. These publications using the methods employed in literature by ‘Evidential studies’ (kaozhengxue), were highly influential in changing numismatics scholarship.
This book guides us into the world of collections and collectors in China by following a group of scholars, who had a passion for epigraphy and numismatics during the first
half of the nineteenth century. Some of them are famous scholars and collectors, such as Chen Jieqi or Wu Dacheng. Others are collectors, who are less well known but made crucial
contribution to the study of Chinese material culture. Last, this book explores the community of antiques dealers, rubbing makers and even forgers, showing the complex social
network that linked all these people together.
The book is an edited version of her PhD thesis, which was awarded the Quadriennal Prize of the Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium. The publication was also rewarded at the
end of last year with the F. Blanchon Prize of the French Academy.
The United States is a young country, as nations go. Coin and medal collecting was a rare and individual pursuit in the early days of the republic, not taking off until the
mid-1800s. We draw our influences from Europe, and there numismatics had been known as "the hobby of kings" for centuries. This book pushes the origins of coin
collecting back much farther. Its publication coincides with numismatic zeal in China greater than it has been in generations, with Chinese coins bringing world-record prices at
auction. This book will likely be a welcome addition to the literature of the study of numismatics. -Editor
Lyce Jankowski is an art historian specializing in the numismatics of East Asia. She has taught the history of Chinese art at the Sorbonne University (Paris IV) and numismatics
at the University of Oxford. Trained in Classics and History of Art at the Sorbonne University, in Sciences of Antiquity at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and in Chinese at the
National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, her main research interest is the history of Chinese art collections.
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