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Yongle Encyclopedia

Yongle Encyclopedia (Chinese:永乐大典), China’s largest encyclopedia, covers a variety of subjects, including literature, art, medicine and agriculture.

The compilation began in 1403 and was first completed in 1404. Originally named Document Compilation (Wenxian Dacheng), it was disapproved by Emperor Zhu Di (1360-1424), due to lack of content. One of the emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) then ordered more scholars to write the encyclopedia, which was finished in 1408 with 22,900 chapters and 11,095 volumes. The set of books was named the Yongle Encyclopedia. (More...)

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