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The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting

Mortal Coils

Aldous Huxley

The Secret Doctrine, Volume II Anthropogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

Shakti and Shakta

John Woodroffe

Life and Teachings of Confucius



The author has seen the first part of Mr Baker's republication, containing the English text of his first volume, and the indexes of Subjects and Proper jNames, without alteration. The only other matter in it is an introduction of between seven and eight pages. Eour of these are occupied with an account of Confucius, taken from Chambers' Encyclopsediat which Mr Baker says he chooses to copy ;—so naturally does it come to him to avail himself of the labours of other men. " Convey the wise it call. Steal ? Eoh ! A iico for the phrase ! "

In the remainder of his Introduction, Mr Baker assumes a controversial tone, and calls in question some of the judgments which the author has passed on the Chinese sage and his doctrines. He would make it out that Confucius was a most religious man, and abundantly recognized the truth of a future life; that the worship of God was more nearly universal in China than in the Theocracy of Israel; that the Chinese in general are not more regardless of truth than Dr Legge's own countrymen ; and that Confucius' making no mention of heaven and hell is the reason why missionaries object to his system of practising virtue for virtue's sake I Mr Baker has made some proficiency in the art of " adding insult to injury." It is easy to see to what school of religion he belongs; but the author would be sorry to regard his publication as a specimen of the manner in which the members of it " practise virtue for virtue's sake."

In preparing the present volume for the press, the author has retained a considerable part of the prolegomena in the larger work, to prepare the minds of his readers for proceeding with advantage to the translation, and forming an intelligent judgment on the authority which is to be allowed to the original "Works. He has made a few additions and corrections which his increased acquaintance with the field of Chinese literature enabled him to do.

He was pleased to find, in revising the translation, that the alterations which it was worth while to make were very few and unimportant.

He has retained the headings to the notes on the several chapters, as they give, for the most part, an adequate summary of the subjects treated in them. All critical matter, interesting and useful only to students of the Chinese language, he has thrown out. In a few instances he has remodelled the notes, or made such additions to them as were appropriate to the popular design of the edition.

Hong-Kong, 2%th October, 18G6.





1. The Books now recognized as of highest authority in China are comprehended under the denominations of " The five King," and iC The four Shoo" The term king is of textile origin, and signifies the warp threads of a web, and their adjustment. An easy application of it is to denote what is regular and insures regularity. As used with reference to books, it indicates their authority on the subjects of which they treat. " The five King " are the five canonical Works, containing the truth upon the highest subjects from the sages of China, and which should be received as law by all generations. The term shoo simply means writings or boohs.

2. The five King are :—the Yih, or, as it has been styled, " The Book of Changes ;" the Shoo, or « The Book of Historical Documents ; " the She, or " The Book of Poetry ; " the Le Ke, or " Record of Bites; " and the Ch/un Ts'ew, or u Spring and Autumn/'' a chronicle of events, extending from B.C. 721 to480. The authorship, or compilation rather, of all these works is loosely attributed to Confucius. But much of the Le Ke is from later hands. Of the Yih, the Shoo, and the She, it is only in the first that we find additions said to be from the philosopher himself, in the shape of appendixes. The Ch'un Ts'ew is the only one of the

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