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Unless otherwise specified, the descriptions of sources in this section are extracted from Pierre-Etienne Will and collaborators,Official Handbooks and Anthologies of Imperial China: A Descriptive and Critical Bibliography (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
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TitleDa Ming lüli fujie 大明律例附解 [The Great Ming Code with Explanations Appended]
Short titleB3792800-00
Topic1. Code and commentaries
Historical periodEarly Ming (1368 -1584)
Publication typeWoodblock

The main part of the work consists of the Ming Code with commentaries and additional materials; it is preceded by a mulu in the form of a complete list of statutes, and by the usual tables and diagrams on the five punishments, degrees of mourning, eight characters, and so forth. The text of the statutes (with occasionally quite extensive explanations in small characters inserted) is followed by a commentary (introduced by an 按), frequently quoting from such sources as [Da Ming lü] jiangjie, [Da Ming lü] zhiyin, [Lüjie] bianyi, and [Lütiao] shuyi (qq.v.); then by extracts from such works as Huidian 會典, Da Ming ling 大明令, and by substatutes from Wenxing tiaoli 問刑條例 and Chongxiu tiaoli 重修條例 (the texts and extracts quoted in the undated ed. “based on the Qianjiang Academy original” are occasionally different from those in the other eds.). The 12 chapters are followed by various appendixes: (1) nine folios on the use of statutes by analogy (比附律條), enumerating a number of crimes and misdemeanor which must be punished “as if it were according to…” (比依). (2) (in the copy at Ōki) the joint memorial of presentation of the new substatutes by Gu Yingxiang and others. (3) A relatively long (28 or 31 folios depending on the ed.) “Appendix” (附錄) containing a variety of materials useful to the judiciary profession, such as a poem of 14 pentasyllabic lines entitled “Poem on complete sincerity in deciding on punishments” (金科一誠賦), followed by an explanation line by line (for a similar commentary, see under Dulü peixi, j. 4A); a text titled “A discussion of essentials on models for government” (為政規模節要論), discussing various points of law; a set of extremely precise instructions on the material presentation of memorials (寫本格式); a table of officially sanctioned market prices converted into paper-money for a large array of products and goods (新奏准時估折鈔則例); a complement to a guide on judging cases titled Duanyu zhinan buyi 斷獄指南補遺, which includes a large quantity of terminology, model phraseology, advice on the composition of judgments, explanations on the degrees of mourning, and more; it ends with a rhymed poem on the Penal Code in 40 heptasyllabic verse (not in Chiyang copy). (For comparable materials see also Da Ming lü xuji.) The incomplete copy at Ōki is only fragments of the larger work bound haphazardly into one sole fasc. It features: (1) The bifu lütiao 比附律條; (2) The first 14 folios of j. 3 (戶律); (3) The last page (9a) of j. 12, on “Public works” (工律); (4) The last three folios (26-28) of j. 2, on “Officials” (吏律); (5) The “Appendix” (附錄). Comparison shows that these fragments are from the same engraving as the copies at Hōsa Bunko and Tōyō Bunko, i.e., with 10 columns per page instead of 9 in the undated ed. “based on the Qianjiang Academy original ed.,” hence the differences in page-numbering.

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