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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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Title(Wusuo Liu xiansheng) Juguan shuijing 勿所劉先生居官水鏡 [Mr. Liu Wusuo’s Lucid Mirror of The Office Holder]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodLate Ming (1585-1644)
AuthorLiu Shijun 劉時俊
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume1
Publication typeWoodblock

A magistrate handbook compiled by the author’s admirers to serve as advice to his successors in the post of Wujiang 吳江 (Nan Zhili) magistrate. The opening mulu lists every piece included in the work. J. 1 includes various essays on local government (discussing justice administration, management of subaltern personnel, tax collection, gifts and bribes, examinations, etc.) as well as model forms and registers. J. 2-3 contain judgments (讞語), some quite extensive, and answers to complaints (批詞) (j. 2), official communications (公移), proclamations (告示), texts for worship and sacrifices (崇祀), and texts celebrating philanthropists (旌善) (j. 3), written by the author as magistrate or legal official in three Nan Zhili counties, namely Lujiang 廬江, Tongcheng 桐城, and Wujiang. J. 4, titled Fu juguan shuijing, includes some extra materials, including pieces on the government of the five capital wards of Nanjing. Some items borrowed from Liu Shijun’s Sanyi zhengbian (q.v.) are inserted. The text can be considered part handbook and part record of administration.

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