We are a small bookshop / publishers based in Dundee, Scotland, dealing with the publications, translations and research of the late Dr William Dolby (Bill), Sinologist and researcher, former lecturer and professor of classical Chinese at the University of Edinburgh, and a world renowned expert on Medieval Chinese literature, drama and theatre.
Our aim, through kind donation and combined effort, is to republish an immense 50-years-in-the-making collection of various translations and research into past and ancient China and Chinese; the language, customs, drama, and the life; work that has to-date remained obscured and mostly inaccessible to others. The work is mainly captured in thirty-three separate and very individual books titled the 'Chinese Culture Series' and in addition to other individual works.
The republication process involves large-scale edit of some mashed-up and prehistoric word documents, all with the need for Chinese character reinsertion (all lost) and a serious edit for presentation purposes.
During 2016 we successfully managed to complete a number of those works - viewed here. To purchase the current 'fruits of our labours', as published by 'Straightback Publishing', please use an online store such as AMAZON, Createspace, Barnes and Noble, etc., (Search 'William Dolby' and the current list of published books will be shown).
Other works, inc: A History of Chinese Drama 1976 (note, we have amazingly stumbled across a later edit dated 1997)) are currently available for purchase in their original self-published paperback/hardback formats (mostly 2002 - 2010) from our website and can be viewed here.
If any Chinese cultural bodies or institutions, Universities or private publishers are interested in all or any of William Dolby's Chinese Cultural Series, either to obtain a donation of the remaining self-published books or to republish one or more volumes, then please do get in touch.