The paper documents the relationship between the inventor printer and collector
of Oriental books Schilling von Canstadt and the Orientalist Julius Klaproth by
means of their extant correspondence. Both travelled to the Russian-Mongolian border
and acquired books, both were connected with the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg
and Paris, the centre of Oriental Studies. Klaproth’s focus were the history and
geography of East and Central Asia, Schilling’s book collecting and quality printing.
Small wonder they got in close contact — Schilling profited from Klaproth’s Orientalist
expertise, Klaproth from Schilling’s rich library and his experience with printing. The
letters show an alienation at some point, which was never redressed nor explained, even
though the relationship was not severed.