French Indologist

Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum (1923 – 1996), also known as Louis Frédéric or Louis-Frédéric, was a French scholar, art historian, writer, translator and editor.[1] He was a specialist in the cultures of Asia, especially India and Japan.

Early lifeEdit

Louis-Frédéric was born in Paris in 1923. He studied at the Sorbonne and the École pratique des hautes études.


Louis-Frédéric wrote many books on India, Japan and Southeast Asia.

He was the editor of the 10-volume Encyclopaedia of Asian Civilizations which was published in eight editions in English between 1977 and 1987.[2]

Louis-Frédéric's Japan encyclopedia was published in six editions in English and French between 1996 and 2005.[2]

Selected worksEdit

In an overview of writings by and about Louis-Frédéric, OCLC/WorldCat lists roughly 170 works in 337 publications in 14 languages and 7,762 library holdings.[2]

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  • L'Inde: ses temples, ses sculptures, 1959
  • Sud-Est asiatique: Temples et Sculptures, 1964
  • La danse sacrée de l'Inde,
  • Japon: arts et civilisation, 1969
  • La vie quotidienne au Japon à l'époque des Samurai (1185-1603), 1969
  • Tôkyô, 1970
  • Le Shintô, esprit et religion du Japon, 1972
  • Encyclopaedia of Asian Civilizations (10 vol.), 1977-1984
  • La vie quotidienne au Japon au début de l'ère moderne (1868-1912),1984
  • Japon, l'empire éternel, 1985
  • Japon intime, 1986
  • Dictionnaire de la civilisation indienne, 1987
  • A dictionary of the martial art, 1991
  • L'Art de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud-Est, 1994
  • Les Dieux du bouddhisme, 1996
  • Le Japon, dictionnaire et civilisation, 1996
  • Histoire de l'Inde et des Indiens, 1996


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