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Jiupu 酒譜 "Notes on Wine"


There are two different books with the title of Jiupu 酒譜. The first was written by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Dou Ping 竇蘋, the second by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Xu Ju 徐炬.
Dou Pin 竇蘋, courtesy name Dou Ziye 竇子野, came from Wenshang 汶上 (modern Wenshang, Shandong), and has also written a book called Xintangshu yinxun 新唐書音訓, a phonetic commentary to the history Xintangshu 新唐書. His Jiupu seems to be not complete, although contemporary bibliographies say that it was very short. The arrangement is quite confused and not very well structured. It consists of a lot of short quotations from ancient literature, beginning with selected terms for alcoholic beverages (Jiuming 酒名) and ends with short quotations from stories about drinking games (Jiuling 酒令). Dou Ping's Jiupu is included in the collectanea Baichuan xuehai 百川學海, Shuofu 說郛, Tang-Song congshu 唐宋叢書, Shanju zazhi 山居雜志, Yimen guangdu 夷門廣牘 and Siku quanshu 四庫全書. There is also a manuscript edition by Master Miao 繆氏 from Jiangyin 江陰 in his collection Yunzizaikan 雲自在龕.

The author of the other Jiupu, Xu Ju, is also a writer of which virtually nothing is known, except that he came from Lin'an 臨安 (modern Hangzhou 杭州, Zhejiang) and lived in Nanjing, Jiangsu, during the early Ming period. In his book, he describes different alcoholic beverages and quotes from a lot of poems and essays in which wine plays a role. The author says that he relied on an earlier study of wine by the Tang period 唐 (618-907) scholar Wang Jing 王琎. The author seems not to have enjoyed a higher education, as the book is full of writing errors, and also of factual mistakes in the quotation of literature. It was therefore not included in the Siku quanshu, nor in other important collectana. It can, nevertheless, be found in the relatively unknown collectaneum Shanju zazhi 山居雜志.


Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1861. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

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June 17, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald · Mail