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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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TitleJuguan geyan 居官格言[Maxims for Those Serving as Officials]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodLate Ming (1585-1644)
AuthorXu Tang 許堂
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume2
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: The name of the author appears only in Hu Xiyan’s preface, which states that the work was composed by Xu for his students while a director of studies of Qianzhou 乾州 (Shaanxi) and emphasizes its usefulness for acting officials as well. After having mentioned three handbooks widely used by newly appointed magistrates, viz. the Mumin beiyong 牧民備用, Weizheng zhunze 為政準則 (qq.vv.), and Guanzhen bichou 官箴筆疇 (probably the Bichou, q.v.), he adds that the Juguan geyan has now become an indispensable addition for the standards of conduct it sets, as well as the detailed indications on everyday administration which can be found in its appendix, entitled Shixing tiaojian 施行條件 (Conditions of implementation). This appendix, which includes a set of six models of proclamations dated to 1519, is significantly more substantial than the two short parts (shangxia pian 上下篇) of the main text, composed of rather terse aphorisms concerning the personal conduct and competence requirements of the magistrate (such as being perfectly knowledgeable about the law and regulations currently enforced). According to Takigawa (see below), it borrows many materials to the Sanshi zhonggao (q.v.). [phtc. en entier le MS. 1816]
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