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Diwang jingshi tupu 帝王經世圖譜 "Illustrated Notes on the Emperor's Statecraft"


The Diwang jingshi tupu 帝王經世圖譜 "Illustrated notes on the emperor's statecraft" is an encyclopedia on statecraft compiled by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Tang Zhongyou 唐仲友. The original size of the book was 10 juan "scrolls", while the received version, reconstructed from fragments in the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) encyclopedia Yongle dadian 永樂大典, includes a large amount of illustrations, making out a total of 16 juan. The condition of the reconstruction made it necessary to add a critical commentary. The book assembles information about the administration of the imperial family, its household, and the central and the local governments, focused on statements in the Confucian classic Zhouli 周禮, but with many important informations from the histories and other texts.
There is a print by the Qingyin Studio 清吟閣 of Master Qu 瞿氏. The Diwang jingshi tupu is included in the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.


Sources:
Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 2039. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (2005). Zhongguo leishu 中國類書, pp. 108-109. Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe.


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