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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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TitleZheyu guijian 折獄龜鑑
Topic2.3 Judicial cases: historical casebooks
Historical periodAntique and Medieval period
Reprint (year of)2005
AuthorZheng ke 鄭克
CollectionLidai panli pandu 歷代判例判牘
Number of volume4
Place of publication北京
Publication typePrint

A collection of model judicial cases. The work is said to date from the Shaoxing period (1131-1162). (Zhao Shituo‟s 1261 postface is to a new ed. that he had engraved to replace a worn-out old ed. that was the only one available). The  Siku  entry mentions the alternative title  Jueyu 決獄  guijian  and notes that the  Songshi  bibliography speaks of an original 20 juan. The aim of the work was to complement the Yiyu ji by He Ning and He Meng (q.v.), using historical texts and biographies. (A note in the 1595 ed. gives a detailed list of the sources used, including the dynastic histories, imperial edicts from the Song, and a number of famous Song authors, such as Ouyang Xiu, Wang Anshi, Shen Gua, Su Shi, and  others.) The 395 entries of the complete ed. are organized into 20 categories (men 門). Only five of them were preserved in the printed editions available in the eighteenth century; such is the case with the 1595 ed. (the oldest extant today), which features 113 entries in all and whose editors remark in a note placed after the mulu  that  several missing categories are mentioned in the extant entries. On the other hand, the  Yongle dadian  text used for the  Siku quanshu  ed. appears to be complete. According to Yang Fengkun (see below), however, the 395 entries it contains include only 280 entries going back to the Song, the rest coming from later eds. and having found their way in the Yongle dadian. This is the text that Xu Lian used for the 1835 Zhiyong congshu ed., which seems to have been the first complete published ed. in the Qing. His preface mentions an ed. lacking a mulu that he had obtained from Li Fangchi  李方赤  (i.e. Li Zhangyu  李璋煜, the compiler of the Xiyuan lu bianzheng cankao  [q.v.]), and  indicates that his effort to publish the  Zheyu guijian was related to the publication of a collection of leading cases dealing with augmented and reduced sentences, the  Xingbu bizhao jiajian cheng‟an (q.v.), with which, as can be seen in  its preface, Li Fangchi was also associated. A number of the cases presented in the entries are followed by theoretical comments by Zheng Ke dealing with the problems of investigation and judicial decision. One also finds mentions of the work under the title Zheyu bianlan 便覽  (e.g. Pan Wei‟s preface to the Xiyuan lu xiangyi, q.v.). [n.p., phtc.] 

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