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TitleShuotie leibian 說帖類編[A Classified Collection of Board Memoranda]
Topic2.1 Judicial cases: general casebooks
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: The author of the preface (written at the Ministry of Justice) notes that some fifty years have elapsed since the publication of Quan Shichao’s Bo’an xinbian (q.v.); the archives have been accumulating by the day and the officials in charge of the Autumn assizes, fearing that in the end they would be thrown into disorder, have decided to use their spare time to compile them, selecting the more important and eliminating the superfluous, and arranging them chronologically and by categories. He also remarks that the commentaries currently used to supplement the official code, such as the Huizuan, Huibian, Tongzuan and Quanzuan, have all been “selected and compiled” (采輯) by private secretaries in the provinces and are full of lacunae (挂一漏百); in contrast, the present compilation “collects the totality [or rules] from the Ministry of Justice, looks for pearls [directly] in the abyss and picks jade [directly] from the mountain” (是書匯刑部之全,求珠于淵,采玉于山). (These considerations were already found, although with a few changes of words, in Chen Tinggui’s preface to Shuotie mulu [q.v.].) The general table of contents is followed by a table of contents in 6 juan entitled Shuotie jianming mulu 說帖簡明目錄, listing the titles of each memorandum in the successive categories (that is, the parts, sections, and statutes in the penal code), with their date, the provincial bureau of the Ministry involved, and the name of the culprit; the statutes concerned are indicated at the bottom of the central margin. In the body of the text the documents can be located through the part and section of the Code to which they belong (in the upper central margin) and the name of the culprit (in the lower central margin). The cases date mostly from the Jiaqing and Daoguang reigns, with a few from late Qianlong. (In the ed. seen at Tōyō Bunko parts of the jianming mulu have been mistakenly bound with the text proper through j. 6, obviously due to a confusion between the numbering of the chapters of the mulu and of the main text.) (phtgr. préf. et mulu général).
Ed.: 1835 engraving (鐫) collated and copied by the Bureau of the Code (律例館校鈔本), with preface by Dai Dunyuan 戴敦元 (1834). [Columbia]
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