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Science and Civilisation in China, vol. VI, Biology and Biological Technology, Part 4, Traditional Botany: an Ethnobotanical Approach By Georges Métailié. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Pp. xli + 748. ISBN 10: 1107109876; ISBN 13: 978-1107109872.

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1 Métailié demonstrates step by step the difference between a “botanical” reading and an “ethnobotanical” reading through the case of an 1847 work by Wu Qijun 吳其濬 in the conclusion (pp. 662, 667–69).

2 On the formation of modern Chinese botanical terminology, see Métailié, Georges, “La création lexicale dans le premier traité de botanique occidentale publié en chinois (1858),” Documents pour l'histoire du vocabulaire scientifique, 1981 (2), pp. 6573; Métailié, Georges, “The Formation of Botanical Terminology: A Model or a Case Study?,” in New Terms for New Ideas: Western Knowledge and Lexical Change in Late Imperial China, edited by Lackner, Michael, Amelung, Iwo and Kurtz, Joachim (Leiden: Brill, 2001), pp. 327–38. On the development of modern Chinese lexicon more broadly during the nineteenth century, see Masini, Federico, The Formation of Modern Chinese Lexicon and Its Evolution toward a National Language: the Period from 1840 to 1898, Berkeley, Project on Linguistic Analysis, University of California, 1993.

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