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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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TitleXiyuan lu jie 洗冤錄解 [An Explanation of Washing Away the Wrongs]
Topic4.2 Magistrates handbooks: Handbooks for legal experts
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
AuthorYao Deyu 姚德豫
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: The author’s “preface to his non-final draft” (or postface in the 1832 ed.) is also found in several editions of the Xiyuan lu jizheng (q.v.). It begins with a history of the Xiyuan lu text under the Qing; then states that the present work aims at correcting the errors and explaining the terms in the various texts cited at the beginning, including the plates of the skeleton with check-list (jiangu tuge 檢骨圖格) that were appended in 1770 following the request of Zengfu 增福, the Anhui provincial judge. Interestingly, Yao insists that a correct application of the law presupposes a knowledge of both Confucianism (ru 儒) and medicine (yi 醫). The 30 entries include many original views, notably on the skeleton and on the eye muscle.
Ed.:1870 ed. with preface by Yao Deyu (“Xiyuan lu jie weiding gao zixu” 洗冤錄解未定稿自序) (1831). [Qinghua]
Call Numberoki B3890600
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