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Xiangguo 香國 "The Country of Fragrances"


The Xiangguo 香國 "Country of fragrances" is a book on fragrances compiled by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) collector and publisher Mao Jin 毛晉. The 3 juan "scrolls" long book explains various odorous products from all of China. For some, unfortunately, the place of origin is not indicated. The book quotes extensively from ancient texts, yet without bringing these statements into a clear order. Mao Jin also is not very critical towards the texts he quotes, and so perpetuates textual errors. The books was therefore not included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書, yet it is to be found in the collections Shanju xiaowan 山居小玩, Qunfang qingwan 群芳清玩 and Meishu congshu 美術叢書.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1858. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
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