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Flog Nine: Can You Say It In ESPERANTO?

Title: El Cina Poezio (‘Of Chinese Poetry’ ?)
Author: Prof. Saint Jules Zee (徐声越)
Year: 1980
Publisher: 中国报道社 (Zhongguo baodaoshe)
Location: Beijing, PRC

Description: Hardbound in dust jacket.

Pagination: [4] I [II] III-XIV [1-2] 3-93 [94-96] 97-135 [136-138]

Contents: Classical and modern Chinese poems translated into Esperanto.

Poems translated by Professor Saint Jules Zee (see his Wiki page–in Esperanto!–here).

The volume contains poems by classical authors such as Du Fu and Li Bai, and modern poets such as Guo Moruo (see the translation of 光海 Guanghai above), Xu Zhimo, and Wen Yiduo.

An interesting collection published in the early days of China’s ‘opening up’, reflecting China’s engagement in the Esperanto movement. Included is a post-able questionnaire (also in Esperanto) beginning ‘Kara leganto’ (‘Dear reader’). Question one: ‘Kio estas via generala impreso pri tiu ei libro?’

Illustrations: Occasional line-drawing illustrations.

Condition: Good condition. Dust jacket worn and lightly torn around edges.

Price: £15.00 / $24 (+s&h)

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Flog Eight: I Like My Characters TRADITIONAL

Title: 中國城語故事 (Zhongguo chengyu gushi ‘Stories of Chinese Sayings’)
Author: 蘇尚耀 (Su Shangyao)
Year: 中華民國六十二年七月(1973)
Publisher: 文化圖書公司 (Wenhu tushu gongsi)
Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Description: Oblong stable-bound book on thick card stock. Spine on right.

Pagination: [1-10]

Contents: Illustrated children’s book with stories explaining traditional Chinese chengyu.

Chengyu (lit. ‘city speech’) are, typically, four-character expressions or sayings that serve as a marker of educated speaking. The ten chengyu  illustrated in this children’s book are accompanied by a story to aid the reader in memorising the idiom and its meaning.

The book, printed in Taiwan, is written in traditional Chinese characters, and next to each character is the zhuyin fuhao (注音符號) or bopomofo ‘spelling’ of the character with tonal marker.


If you like your stories illustrated, your characters traditional, and need a little help remembering that 青梅竹馬 (qingmei zhuma ‘green plum and bamboo horse’) is purely innocent, then take a look at the terms for purchasing this book.


Condition: Worn. Wear to spine. Creasing to corners. Cover faded. But internally, a good copy.

Price: £2.50 / $4 (+s&h)

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