Brill’s Encyclopedia of China

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Author(s): Fuchs, Walter | Walravens, Hartmut
1. Historical Official Catalogs and Classifications From earliest times, bibliography has been a well-cultivated field in China. Handed down on scrolls until about 1000 CE, there has been a continuously growing number of books of all kinds since the invention of printing (printing and publishing). The main centers of book production were Fujian (Jianyang), and later Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Beijing. The systematic registration and categorization of literary works began with the imperial collections at t…