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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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TitleQiuyan jiyao 秋讞輯要[Essentials on the Autumn Assises]
Topic1. Code and commentaries
Historical periodUnknown
AuthorGangyi 剛毅(Z. Ziliang 子良) (comp.);Shen Jinxiang 沈晉祥 (postface)
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: This treatise on the Autumn assizes begins with imperial edicts (j. shou, not in the 1884 ed.), followed by general considerations (Qiuyan zhilüe 秋讞志略) and regulations classified according to the nature of cases (Qiushen tiaokuan 秋審條款)—that is, the contents of the Qiuyan zhilüe by Ruan Kuisheng (q.v.) (j. 1); the body of the work consists of the cases themselves, following the same classification, viz. cases involving officials (3 entries), cases involving people within the five degrees of mourning (38 entries) (j. 2); homicides (68 + 72 entries) (j. 3-4); robbery (40 entries) (j. 5); various cases (28 entries), cases with pardon or report, and cases by analogy (j. 6). According to Shen Jinxiang’s postface—which is the only place where Gangyi’s name appears in the Jiangsu shuju ed.—the documents published in the Qiuyan jiyao were hitherto kept secret at the office of the Autumn assizes of the Ministry of Justice. Gangyi, who had become familiar with them during his long career at the Board, compiled them for himself and had them published when he was provincial teasurer of Guangdong; but he could not take the woodblocks with him when he left the position. After he had been transferred from Yunnan to Shanxi in 1885, he got imperial approval to establish a center to train officials in law in Taiyuan (see under Muling xuzhi); there he used the text of the Qiuyan jiyao to complement the study of the Code. Shen Jinxiang, who was the prefect of Taiyuan at the time, considered that the work should be used as a model by every officials, not just those who are entitled to propose sentences for the Assizes; he therefore had a new edition produced. [n.p., phtc. postface]
Ed.: 1889 Jiangsu shuju ed. in 1 + 6 j., with postface by Shen Jinxiang 沈晉祥 (1886); Gangyi’s name appears only in a short note at the end of the mulu to j. 首 where he presents this ed. as a “fac simile” (mokan 摹刊). [*Fu Sinian] [*Harvard] [*Tōyō Bunko] [*Beitu fenguan] [Ōki (*base TBka)]
Call Numberoki B3863200
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