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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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TitleGuanzhen 官箴[Admonitions to Officials]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodAntique and Medieval period
AuthorLü Benzhong 呂本中
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume1
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: Thirty-three short precepts for local officials. The emphasis is on the official’s personal conduct and attitude and his relations with his professional environment, the leading values being encapsulated in the triad qing 清 (uprightness), shen 慎 (prudence), and qin 勤 (diligence). Examples or anecdotes about earlier officials are occasionally adduced.
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