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Tang da zhaoling ji 唐大詔令集


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Tang da zhaoling ji 唐大詔令集 "Collected grand edicts and decretes of the Tang dynasty" is a collection of edicts and decretes from the Tang period 唐 (618-907). It contains 130 juan and was compiled by Song Minqiu 宋敏求 during the Northern Song period 北宋 (960-1126). The task to compile an anthology of imperial edicts of the Tang period was already begun by Song Minqiu's father, the historian Song Shou 宋綬. After Song Shou's death his son continued with the compilation. The edicts covered all topics of actual state politics, from military affairs, economical questions to social affairs. Although the Tang da zhaoling ji is a very important book because it contains material otherwise lost, it is a pity that the edicts are not quoted in the original shape but often abbreviated or brought into a more literal form.
For many centuries only handwritten copies were in circulation. Therefore a lot of writing errors crept in, and juan 23 is lost, and parts of other juan are missing (14-24, 87-98). The first printing was done when it was included in the Siku quanshu 四庫全書 collection, and in the collectaneum Shiyuan congshu 適園叢書. In 1959 the Shangwu yinshuguan press 商務印書館 published a modern edition which suffers, unfortunately, still of printing errors.


Source: Zhang Zexian 張澤咸 (1992), "Tang da zhaoling ji 唐大詔令集", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Zhongguo lishi 中國歷史 (Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), Vol. 2, pp. 1222-1123.

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