Washington DC: Committees on Far Eastern Studies, American Council of Learned Societies, 1943. Preliminary Lithoprint Edition. 4to. xxiv, 361 pp, single-sided. Includes extra numbered leaf 74b. Preface in Chinese, Introduction and text in Chinese and English. Although not indicated, this book is from the library of Howard F. Bowker (1889–1970) noted numismatist and philatelist. Yellow leatherette binding with black lettering. Some light spotting and wear; minor pencil corrections (most likely in Bowker's hand); else a fine copy. Item #21342
The Harvard–Yenching Classification System is a library classification system for Chinese language materials in the United States of America. It was devised by Alfred Kaiming Chiu (1898–1977). The system was primarily created for the classification of Chinese language materials in the Harvard–Yenching Library which was founded in 1927 at the Harvard–Yenching Institute. During the period from the 1970s to the 1980s, a comprehensive subset of subject headings for Chinese language materials was gradually established in the Library of Congress Classification System so that almost a full spectrum of ancient and contemporary Chinese topics can be widely covered. As a result of this, the Library of Congress Classification System eventually replaced the Harvard–Yenching Classification System for all Chinese language materials acquired after the 1970s in many American Libraries. Though the system has largely been phased out, the system is still being used in some libraries for Chinese language materials acquired prior to the Library of Congress update. The key classes in the system and detailed in this work are: Chinese Classics; Philosophy and Religion; Historical Sciences; Social Sciences; Language and Literature; Fine and Recreative Arts; Natural Sciences; Agriculture and Technology; and Generalia and Bibliography. - wiki.