A Chinese-English Dictionary. Compiled for the China Inland Mission. R. H. MATHEWS.
A Chinese-English Dictionary. Compiled for the China Inland Mission.
A Chinese-English Dictionary. Compiled for the China Inland Mission.

A Chinese-English Dictionary. Compiled for the China Inland Mission.

Shanghai. China Inland Mission. 1931. Index. H.U.P. Cambridge, Mass. 2nd printing. 1947. Stock ID #165253

[6]+ 1232pp, appendix. radical index, errata. Marbled endpapers, contemporary half calf, a little worn and marked, endpapers a trifle browned, a very good copy. 28 x 21.4cm. R.H. Mathews, the Australian, who was to be the compiler of this most widely used Chinese-English dictionary, was told on applying to the China Inland Mission that at 29 he was too old to learn the language. However he was accepted and arrived in China in 1906. During the war he was interned by the Japanese and his library confiscated. R.H. Mathews did not receive the financial recompense which one would expect from the compilation of such an important work, as his dictionary was published, in both the US and throughout Asia, in pirated editions. In December of 1962, however, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters. "Mathews" as the dictionary was commonly referred to by Chinese scholars in the mid - late 20th century was the most widely used Chinese-English dictionary until de Francis's dictionaries were published later in the century. This dictionary was the last of the missionary compiled Chinese dictionaries had dominated the field until the later part of the 20th century. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 165253).

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