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Shuzhong guangji 蜀中廣記

Apr 3, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Shuzhong guangji 蜀中廣記 "Broad records of Shu" is a description of the province of Sichuan compiled during the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) by Cao Xuequan 曹學佺, courtesy name Nengshi 能始, style Shicang 石倉. He hailed 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-period 萬曆 (1573-1619).

The book of 108-juan 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 series Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

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