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2003-19, Scott 3309-10 The Art Books (Jointly Issued by China and Hungary)
Ritual of Zhou, Song-dynasty Block-printed Edition
(2-1), Ritual of Zhou, Song-dynasty Block-printed Edition, 80 fen, 50*30 mm
Hungarian Illuminated Chronicle
(2-2), Hungarian Illuminated Chronicle, 80 fen, 50*30 mm
The Art Books
(1-1), The Art Books, 640 fen, 180*118 mm
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Scott No: 3309-10
Serial number:2003-19
Values in set: 2
Denomination: 1.60 yuan
Date of issue: 30th September 2003
Designer: Lu Jingren and Andor Andras
Size of stamps: 50*30 mm
Perforation: 12
Sheet composition: 16 for Sheet I, 8 for Sheet II
Printing process: offset
Printer: Beijing Postage Stamp Printing House
Background
The long Histories of book printing and collection in China and Hungary have been universally acknowledged. The Song-dynasty edition of Ritual of Zhou with annotations by Zheng Xuan of the Han Dynasty and explanation by Lu Deming of the Tang Dynasty was printed at the jianyang Printing House during China's Southern Song Dynasty, and now is collected in the Peking University Library. The illuminated book was exquisitely printed, representing the level of block-printing technology and engraving art of the Song Dynasty. The first book printed in Hungary, Hungarian Illuminated Chronicle, published in 1473, has a great impact in Europe, and is now among the rich colle4ction of ancient books of the famous National Szechenyi Library in Budapest, Hungary.
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