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Longjin fengsui pan 龍筋鳳髓判 "Judgings like Dragon Thews and Phoenix Marrow"


The Longjin fengsui pan 龍筋鳳髓判 "Judgings like dragon thews and phoenix marrow" is an encyclopedia compiled by the Tang period 唐 (618-907) scholar Zhang Zu 張鷟 (ca. 660-741). Zhang Zu was famous for his literary talent and was called Qingqian xueshi 青錢學士 "Green Cash Scholar" for the beauty of his poetry. He has also written the inofficial history Chaoye qianzai 朝野僉載. Very respected at his own time, he dared compiling a literary encyclopedia providing a critical overview of the literature of his own time. He used rhymed verses for the text and thus also gave examples of good poetry worth imitating by the average writer. The book is divided into 51 chapters arranged according to state offices. There was a very detailed original commentary to the text of the 4 juan scrolls long book which was reconstructed by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Liu Yunpeng 劉允鵬. Of the originally 10 juan long book, only 52 sub-chapters have survived.
The oldest surviving print has been made during the Wanli reign 萬曆 (1573-1619). The National Library 國家圖書館 keeps a print from the Hongzhi reign 弘治 (1488-1505). The Longjin fengsui pan is included in the collectanea Huhailou congshu 湖海樓叢書 and 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. 2035. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (2005). Zhongguo leishu 中國類書, pp. 44-45. Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe.


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February 5, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald · Mail