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Shejing 射經 "The Book of Archery"


There were several books with the title of Shejing 射經 "Book of archery", or Jiaoshejing 教射經 "Instructions for archery", most of which are lost. The oldest of these has been written by the Tang period 唐 (618-907) scholar Wang Ju 王璩. Fragments of it are included in the collectaneum Shuofu 說郛. Song period 宋 (960-1279) bibliographies list two books of this title, one with a length of 1 juan "scroll, and one with a length of 2 juan. The Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) scholar Wang Yinglin 王應麟 says that the book Shejing was divided into two chapters, the first discussing the rules of the body (tifa 體法), and the second the power of the bow (gongli 弓力). A further, 3 juan long book of this title is likewise recorded in the imperial bibliography Yiwenzhi 藝文志 in the official dynastic history Songshi 宋史. These books seem to be lost. The same source lists a book Shejing written by Zhang Zhongsu 張仲素, 3 juan long, which is lost. Tang Hao 唐豪, author of the book Zhongguo wuyi tuji kao 中國武藝圖籍考, says that there was a book of this title written by the Jin period 晉 (265-420) scholar Du Yu 杜預 that is lost. Zheng Qiao's 鄭樵 statecraft encyclopedia Tongzhi 通志 lists a 4 juan long anonymous Shejing that is also lost. Another, 4 juan long Shejing, was written by Tian Yi 田逸. It is likewise lost. According to the bibliography Qianqingtang shumu 千頃堂書目, the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) master Li Chengfen 李呈芬 has written a 13 juan long book Shejing. It is quoted in the Xu shuofu 繼說郛 and the imperial encyclopedia Gujin tushu jicheng 古今圖書集成.

Source: Zhang Shan 張山, Pei Xirong 裴錫榮 (ed. 1994). Zhonghua wuyi da cidian 中華武藝大辭典, p. 330. Nanjing: Jiangsu kexue jishu chubanshe.

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