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Shuzhong guangji 蜀中廣記

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Shuzhong guangji 蜀中廣記 "Broad records of Shu" is a description of the province of Sichuan compiled by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) writer Cao Xuequan 曹學佺, courtesy name Cao Nengshi 能始, style Shicang 石倉. He came from Houguan 侯官 (modern Minhou 閩侯, Fujian) and was an administration vice commissioner (canzhengshi 參政使) and surveillance commissioner (anchashi 按察使) of Sichuan during the Wanli reign 萬曆 (1573-1619). The 108 juan "scrolls" long book was written when Cao was in Sichuan. It records the history, geography, eminent persons, customs and habits, literature and paintings from the province of Sichuan. The focus lies on writers and literati. The first part is structured according to geography into western, southern, eastern and northern Sichuan and occupies almost a third of the book. Although the chapters cover a wide range of topics and are very detailed in comparison to other books, the book is written in a very coarse language and has not a very high literary standing.
The Shuzhong guangji is included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

名勝 Mingsheng Geography
邊防 BianfangBorder defense
通釋 Tongshi Comprehensive explanation of historical administration
人物 Renwu Eminent persons
方物 Fangwu Local products
Xian Daoists
Shi Buddhist monks
游宦 Youhuan Migrating officials
風俗 Fengsu Customs and habits
著作 Zhuzuo Literary producs
詩話 Shihua Poems and novels
畫苑 Huayuan Paintings

Source: Wang Zhaoming 王兆明, Fu Langyun 傅朗雲 (ed. 1991), Zhonghua gu wenxian da cidian 中華古文獻大辭典, Dili 地理 (Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe), p. 369.

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