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Jiushi 酒史 "A History of Wine"


The Jiushi 酒史 "A history of wine" is a history of wine culture in China. It was compiled by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Feng Shihua 馮時化, courtesy name Feng Yinglong 馮應龍, style Yuchuan 與川 and Wuhuai shanren 無懷山人. The 6 juan "scrolls" long books mainly quotes from poems and prose texts that talk about alcoholic beverages and their cultural context. It is divided into six chapters, but the overall composition of these parts is quite unsystematic and full of textual errors. Some quotations are too short and of no help to understand the context. At the end of the book part of Wu Shu's 吳淑 encyclopaedia Shilei fu 事類賦 is quoted, namely the chapter Jiufu 酒賦 "Rhapsody on wine". The author of this text is indicated as Yanshan jushi 燕山居士, a non-identifiable person. The collector Bao Shigong 鮑士恭 owned two editions of this book, with identical text, but the author of one version is called Xu Wei 徐渭. Another version was owned by the library of the Imperial Household. The Jiushi is not included in any of the greater collectanea.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1863. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
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