The Original Heritage, Holly’s International Beijing Inaugural Auction, 16 October 2020 Sale Catalogue


Hardback auction catalogue.
Oblong. Text in Chinese. Illustrations in color. As new.
9 lots, collection from the Oriental Book Company of Hu Shi and Chen Duxiu, including manuscripts “Hu Shi Liu Xue Ri Ji” (Hu Shi’s Diary During His Oversea Study), Hu Shi’s letters to and from his friends Wang Yuanfang, Zhang Xilv and Xu Yisun, Hu Shi’s “Comments on Studies of Dream of The Red Chamber” (I) and (II), “Chen Duxiu’s Preface of Science and Life Philosophy”.
Hu Shih (Chinese pinyin: Hu Shi; 17 December 1891 – 24 February 1962) was a Chinese diplomat, essayist, literary scholar, philosopher and politician. Hu was widely recognized today as a key contributor to Chinese liberalism and language reform in his advocacy for the use of written vernacular Chinese. He was influential in the May Fourth Movement one of the leaders of China’s New Culture Movement, the president of Peking University, and in 1939 was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature. He had a wide range of interests such as literature, philosophy, history, textual criticism, and pedagogy. He was also an influential scholar and held the famous Jiaxu manuscript for many years until his death.
Chen Duxiu (October 8, 1879- May 27, 1942) was a Chinese revolutionary socialist, educator, philosopher and author, who co-founded the Communist Party of China (with Li Dazhao) in 1921. From 1921 to 1927, he served as the Communist Party’s first General Secretary. Chen was a leading figure in both the Xinhai Revolution that overthrew the Qing dynasty and the May Fourth Movement for scientific and democratic developments in the early Republic of China. After his expulsion from the Communist Party in 1929, Chen was for a time the leader of China’s Trotskyist movement. Chen’s ancestral home was in Anqing, Anhui, where he established the influential vernacular Chinese periodical New Youth (Xin Qingnian).
Size: 11.4×8.5×0.5 inches.
224 pages.


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