1408 – Yongle Encyclopedia

The Yongle encyclopedia was an attempt to compile all knowledge available to the Ming Dynasty empire of China in 1408. Over two thousand scholars spent four years compiling the work, which was commissioned by the Yongle emperor. The finished product of 917,480 pages was bound into over eleven thousand volumes, most of which have been lost. Only four hundred volumes still have copies remaining.

Ming: Yongle Dadian, The Great Canon of Yongle era 永乐大典

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The Yongle Dadian (British Library OR 12020) is a copy of the original Encyclopaedia of all Knowledge commissioned by the Yongle emperor.

The Yongle Dadian is one of the star objects in the current BP exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China at the British Museum 18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015

http://www.britishmuseum.org/ming‎

PRECURSOR:
-0048 – The library of Alexandria

SUBSEQUENT:
1751 – the French Encylopedia
2007 – Wikipedia surpassed the size of the Yongle encyclopedia

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