Forum in Beijing sheds light on a late 12th-century book

By Lin Qi | | Updated: 2021-05-17 09:24
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Four volumes of an abridged version of Song masterpiece Zizhi Tongjian is the focus of a recent forum in Beijing. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The Song Dynasty (960-1279) produced brilliant cultures and influential technological advancements.

The printing industry of the empire, for example, saw maturity of the woodblock printing and invention of moveable type printing. Song books which feature fine printing, neat layout and elegant writing are thereafter sought after among collectors today.

A forum held recently in Beijing zoomed in on the artistic and historical values of a book believed to be published between 1174 and 1189, during the later years of Emperor Xiaozong.

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