The “Siku Quan Shu=Complete Library in Four Branches” was compiled during the years 1773-1782 by edict from Emperor Qianlong.
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It includes 3460 works, with a total of more then 36,000 volumes. In the “Siku Quan shu”, the important works include history, astronomy, geography, rules and regulations, politics, economics, society, science and technology, and philosophy. Its four main bibliographic divisions are jing 經, shi 史, zi 子, and ji 集.