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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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TitleLu Qingxian gong li Jia yiji 陸清獻公蒞嘉遺跡[Traces of Mr. Lu Qingxian’s Administration of Jiading]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodEarly Qing (1644-1796)
AuthorHuang Weiyu 黃維玉(comp.)
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume7
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: A collection of anecdotes about and advice by the famous official, Lu Longqi (1630-1693, see biography under Lizheng zhaiyao), compiled by one of his disciples, and corresponding to his tenure as magistrate of Jiading 嘉定 (Jiangsu) from 1675 to 1677. The book’s purpose, as explained in Chen Menglan’s preface, is to help officials meet the dual objectives of integrity (lian 廉) and effectiveness (neng 能). Another purpose was surely to validate Lu’s magisterial career, which came to abrupt end when he ran afoul of his superiors, by illustrating his high standards of professional and personal conduct. The entries are in rough chronological order, following the course of Lu’s career in Jiading. The selection in j. 1 is devoted to his initial days in office, addressing such matters as his assumption of his post, his early encounters with subordinates, peers, and superiors, and his relations with the populace. J. 2 focuses on Lu’s competence and compassion in pursuing his administrative duties, providing examples to illustrate his success in dealing with the financial and judicial challenges of the post and in improving the lives of the common people. In this way the contents of the first two juan are the equivalent of a magistrate handbook. J. 3 deals with the unfortunate ending to Lu’s tenure in Jiading through a succession of carefully chosen anecdotes illustrating the base motives of his enemies and the disappointment of the people upon learning of his departure.
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