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The Chinaman and the librarian: the meeting of Shen Fuzong and Thomas Hyde in 1687

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a lecture for the Oxford Bibliographical Society
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In 1687 a young Chinese Christian convert named Shen Fuzong visited Oxford, where he spent a few weeks working in the Bodleian with Thomas Hyde, Bodley's Librarian. Shen was not only proficient in writing Chinese, but he could also speak and write Latin, and he is the first recorded visitor to England from China who could therefore communicate effectively with the English learned classes. Shen helped Hyde catalogue the Bodleian's oriental holdings, and after he left Oxford Shen continued to c...

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
New College
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Humanities Division - English Language and Literature
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uuid:6ce9489d-9858-4543-a31d-69b2962b05ba
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ora:3635

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