1st publ. in German as Lexikon chinesischer Symbole by Eugen Diederichs Verlag, Cologne, c1983.. Transl. by G. L. Campbell.
Introduction: The symbolic language of the Chinese. Dictionary of Chinese symbols
'This book contains some four hundred symbols, and even a casual run-through will show how many of these are concerned with the same few basic themes. These were the things that mattered most to the Chinese in their everyday lives, their heart's desires -- to live a long and healthy life, to attain high civic and social rank, and to have children (i.e., to have sons).' -- Introduction