Tsuen-Hsuin Tsien is professor emeritus of Chinese studies and curator emeritus of the East Asian Library at the University of Chicago and author of Paper and Printing. Edward L. Shaughnessy is the Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Professor in Early Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago, author of China: Empire and Civilization and Before Confucius, and editor of the journal Early China.
For any student of Chinese, Tsien's lucid introduction to the development of the book, to the beginnings of calligraphy and the massive archive of historical writing, characteristic of premodern China, is an essential reference work.-- "Times Literary Supplement" (5/13/2005 12:00:00 AM)
For scholars wishing to understand how a number of now justly separated palaeographic fields have developed over the past half-century, Tsien's re-editing of a classic work could not be timelier.-- "Times Higher Education Supplement" (6/10/2005 12:00:00 AM)
-- "Journal of Asian Studies"