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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[Memoranda]
Short titleB3854800-00,B3854200-00
Topic2.1 Judicial cases: general casebooks
Historical periodEarly Qing (1644-1796)
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentThis seems very much to be alternate recensions of the Shuotie jiyao (q.v.), in two different stages of development. The title appears only in the mulu (entitled “Shuotie mulu”) and on the cover labels. The preface (entitled “Shuotie mulu xu”) is the same as in the Shuotie jiyao. The mulu features 7 juan (shou, 1-6), j. shou 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 statuses in the Penal Code, the entries corresponding to each new statute starting on a new folio; the part and section of the Code and title of the statute 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 Lüliguan archive; the central margin provides the name of the bureau and that of the culprit (in some very rare instances the Lüliguan 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 shuotie, 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 fascicles. 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 a more careful calligraphy, and it is written 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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