Born Aug. 8, 1849, in New Orleans, USA; died Mar. 16, 1925, in Paris. French Orientalist and bibliographer.
Cordier worked in China from 1869 to 1880, when he returned to France and became a lecturer on the geography and history of the Far East at the School of Oriental Languages in Paris. He was editor in chief of the international sinological journal T’oung pao (1890–1925) and the author of works on the history of China and bibliographies of literature on China, Japan, and IndoChina. Cordier was interested primarily in political history and his work is remarkable in its wealth of factual material.
WORKSHistoire génénerale de la Chine et ses rélations avec les pays étrangers, depuis les temps les plus anciensjusqu ’a la chute de la dynastie mandchoue, vols. 1–4. Paris, 1920–21.
Bibliotheca Sinica: Dictionnaire bibliographique des ouvrages rélatifs à l’Empire Chinois, 2nd ed., vols. 1–2. Paris, 1904–08.
Bibliotheca Indosinica, vols. 1–4. Paris, 1912–15.
Bibliotheca Japonica. Paris, 1912.