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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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TitleMing Xing guanjian lu 明刑管見錄
Short titleB3880700-00
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
AuthorMuhan 穆韓
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentAdvice on administering justice for beginning and inexperienced magistrates, in 29 rubrics. He Gengsheng’s preface notes that works like Chen Hongmou’s Congzheng yigui or Wang Huizu’s Zuozhi yaoyan and Xuezhi yishuo (qq.vv.), which deal with the larger principles of local government, cannot go into the details: this is what the present work is doing. The organisation of the text in 29 rubrics was effected by the magistrate of Raoyang 饒陽 (Zhili), Wang Languang, who stresses in his preface that the work can help not only beginners but experienced officials as well. Notes in the upper margin refer to the author’s tenure as acting magistrate of Pingquan 平泉 (Zhili). He appears to have served in other counties of Zhili as well (Fengning 豐寧, Luanping 灤平, Yizhou 易州), and also to have held a position at the Ministry of Justice. His preface was written in Luanyang 灤陽 (probably Luanping), where the work was first printed. The prefaces and postfaces celebrate his experience in law and efficiency as a judge. Huang Pengnian’s 1887 ed. was produced for a library of books on administration that he collected in a pavilion called Suliu tang 蘇柳堂, near his offices of Shaanxi provincial judge, to teach the officials in law.The success of the work can be seen in the fact that it had editions in several provinces (Huang Pengnian’s preface mentions editions in Jiangxi, Anhui and Hubei). [n.p., photocop. table, préfaces et postfaces]
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