Previous stay at IIAS: 1 June 2013 - 31 december 2013
My fellowship at IIAS in 2013 provided me a good opportunity to study the Van Gulik Collection, which consists mostly of books from the personal library of Robert Hans van Gulik (1910-1967), Dutch sinologist, diplomat and writer of detective stories. After six months work in 2013, I had finished cataloguing more than half of the complete collection, which contains about 3400 titles, in almost 10,000 volumes.
11 October 2014 - 15 February 2015
I hope this new four-month fellowship supported by IIAS will allow me to finish the cataloguing work carried out last year, which will be embodied as a complete full information catalogue of Van Gulik’s Chinese, Japanese and Korean book collection, and which may be presented on the internet.
The Van Gulik Collection in the East Asian Library of Leiden University consists mostly of books from the personal library of Robert Hans van Gulik 高羅佩 (1910-1967), Dutch sinologist, diplomat and writer of detective stories. The complete Van Gulik collection contains about 3400 titles, in almost 10.000 volumes. Although the well-known part of the collection, its novels and books on art and music, which included about 400 titles, had all been reproduced onto microfiches in last century by the IDC, there are more than 3000 books and titles that haven't been opened up to public, nor have they been completed cataloged yet.
I will use my time to study the edition of these books and to catalogue the entire collection, so that the rare books among them may be protected and republished. I intend to make a complete full information catalogue, which may be served on internet.