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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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TitleShuotie 說帖 [Ministry Memoranda]
Short titleB3854800-00,B3854200-00
Topic2.1 Judicial cases: general casebooks
Historical periodEarly Qing (1644-1796)
Publication typeWoodblock

This seems to be alternate recensions of Shuotie jiyao (q.v.), in two different stages of development. The title appears only in the mulu (titled “Shuotie mulu”) and on the cover labels. The pref. (“Shuotie mulu xu”) is the same as in Shuotie jiyao. The mulu features 7 j. (首, 1-6), j. 首 listing materials from the years 1784-95 and j. 1-6 materials from the Jiaqing and Daoguang periods up till 1831 in one copy and 1836 in the other. The two parts of the mulu (j. shou and j. 1-6, respectively) are similarly arranged in the order of the statutes in the Code, the entries corresponding to a new statute starting on a new folio; the part and section of the Code and statute caption are indicated both in the text proper and in the central margin; for each memorandum there is a rather detailed caption summarizing the legal problem at hand, the date, the provincial bureau involved, and the name of the culprit. In the work proper the arrangement is strictly chronological: the memoranda are arranged under each successive year and without clear logic—presumably in the original order of the Bureau of the Code archive; the central margin provides the names of the bureau and culprit (in some very rare instances the Bureau and the problem at hand, or the Bureau and a general circular), which are in fact the only mention (with the date) helping locate a memorandum from the mulu: in other words, contrary to most anthologies of leading cases and memoranda, only the mulu has been arranged in the order of the Penal Code, thus functioning as an index by contents. The year is indicated unsystematically, making research somewhat awkward: it is found either in the central margin, or at the beginning of each new year covered, or on the cover label of the fasc. The two manuscripts held at Columbia are not entirely similar: the second one is of a larger size but with two characters less per column, and more carefully written, and it is on preframed paper. From 1796 onwards it also features more entries than the first one (they have been inserted along the way); in the Daoguang period its selection of cases is only partly overlapping with that in the other copy, and it covers five more years.

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