Category Archives: exploration

The earliest catalogue of Dunhuang manuscripts

Modern scholars have often remarked how unfortunate it was that during Aurel Stein’s initial visit to the Mogao Caves in 1907 no attempt was made at prodicing a catalogue of the contents of the cave library. This was, of course, … Continue reading

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Abbot Wang from the Mogao Caves

Abbot Wang, also known as Wang daoshi or Wang Tao-shih, is one of the most infamous figures in the history of Chinese archaeology. He was the Taoist priest (i.e. daoshi) who stayed at the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang, taking care … Continue reading

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An English boy in Chinese Turkestan

I just received a hard copy of this paper and am putting it up a PDF so it is more accessible. The paper is about the young English boy who travelled with Tachibana Zuicho to Western China in 1910 on … Continue reading

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An unrecognized photo of Aurel Stein

Last week we went down for a few days to the south of Hungary and while there I wanted to see at a village called Gádoros, near Orosháza, the “museum” of Zsigmond Justh (1863-1894), a talented Hungarian writer who died … Continue reading

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Manuscripts of translations made from printed texts

Recently a 16-volume publication came out with “rare and precious” (guji zhenben 古籍珍本) travel manuscripts in the collection of the National Library of China (NLC). Having flipped through the volumes, I was surprised to find a text titled Xiongyali youji 匈牙利游記 (Record … Continue reading

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The role of A. O. Hobbs in the third Otani expedition

Putting my earlier articles online: An English participant in the Japanese exploration of Central Asia: The role of A. O. Hobbs in the third Otani expedition (Imre Galambos) In I. F. Popova, ed., Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the … Continue reading

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A Hungarian Visitor Among the Ainu

Putting some of my older publications online: A Hungarian Visitor Among the Ainu: A Translation of Benedek Baráthosi-Balogh’s Travel Reports to Sakhalin and Hokkaido (Imre Galambos) Japanese Religions, Vol. 33, 1&2 (2008): 55-74 Benedek Baráthosi-Balogh (1870-1945) was a public school … Continue reading

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The Third Ōtani Expedition at Dunhuang

Putting some of my older publications online: The Third Ōtani Expedition at Dunhuang: Acquisition of the Japanese Collection of Dunhuang Manuscripts (Imre Galambos) Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology 3/2008: 29-35 Aurel Stein’s 1907 visit to the hidden cave … Continue reading

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Japanese ‘Spies’ along the Silk Road

Putting some of my older publications online: Japanese ‘Spies’ along the Silk Road: British Suspicions Regarding the Second Otani Expedition (1908-09) (Imre Galambos) Japanese Religions, Vol. 35, 1& 2(2010): 33-61 Abstract: The beginning of the 20th century saw the Golden … Continue reading

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Sir Aurel Stein, Lajos Ligeti and a case of mistaken identity

Putting online some of my older publications: Another Hungarian looting China’s treasures? Sir Aurel Stein, Lajos Ligeti and a case of mistaken identity (Imre Galambos) Tonkō shahon kenkyū nenpō 敦煌写本研究年報, no. 4 (March 2010): 195-207. The voluminous publication Zhonghua minguo … Continue reading

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