Paper and printing in ancient China by Berthold Laufer

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Published by Caxton Club in Chicago .

Written in English

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Places:

  • China

Subjects:

  • Printing -- History -- Origin and antecedents,
  • Printing -- China -- History,
  • Papermaking -- China -- History,
  • Books -- History -- To 400,
  • Books -- History -- 400-1400

Edition Notes

Book details

StatementBerthold Laufer.
ContributionsRogers, Bruce, 1870-1957, former owner., Caxton Club., Pynson Printers., Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers Collection (Library of Congress)
Classifications
LC ClassificationsZ186.C5 L4
The Physical Object
Pagination33 p. ;
Number of Pages33
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6768205M
LC Control Number31035432

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