An exhibition titled “The Imprint of Civilization: The Amazing Journey of Books” presents Taiwan’s National Central Library (NCL) collection of rare books and inscriptions, as well as the history of books.
The collection comprises rare or authoritative editions from the Song (960-1279), Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties, and hand-copied Buddhist sutras dating from the Southern and Northern (420-589), Sui (581-681) and Tang (618-907) dynasties.
Other exhibited items include manuscripts by famous writers, oracle stone inscriptions and rubbings of stone and bronze inscriptions, among others.
Visitors will also be treated to an array of printing and binding techniques that are tantamount to a microcosm of the evolution of books. The exhibition also has interactive features, such as making woodblocks, threading books and taking memory photos.
The Taipei Representative Office in Hungary said the exhibition, from October 18 to December 15, is co-organised by Taiwan’s National Central Library and Hungary’s National Széchényi Library.
The opening ceremony on October 15 was attended by István Íjgyártó, Minister of State for Cultural and Science Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Wen-lung Tao, head of the Taipei Representative Office in Budapest. A lecture on Chinese classics was delivered by Professor Max K.W. Huang of Taipei-based Academic Sinica.
The venue is the Ars Librorum exhibition space and Corvina halls on Floor 6 of the National Széchényi Library. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-8pm. Entry is free.