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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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TitleJianyan bianlan 檢驗便覽 [A Reader in Autopsies]
Topic4.2 Magistrates handbooks: Handbooks for legal experts
Historical periodEarly Qing (1644-1796)
Publication typeManuscript

This thick fasc. (without page-numbering) contains a variety of carefully hand-written materials on forensics, all listed in a detailed mulu at the beginning. There are many added punctuation marks, corrections, and insertions. The 151 entries (some composed of several items or long quotes, and some extremely short) deal with every conceivable sort of problem in forensic examination, in a generally concrete way. Quotations of documents such as autopsy reports or discussions by province surveillance commissioners are numerous. The first entry, “Xiyuan lu buyi” 洗冤錄補遺, is a 1733 request by a Hubei magistrate to have methods for wounds difficult to examine inserted in the Xiyuan lu text. Part of the entries provide dates (mostly covering the Qianlong reign, with a few dated 1798). It cannot be ascertained by whom this very rich collection of materials was assembled and used—whether an official, a private secretary, or possibly a coroner—but it does illustrate the vitality of the discipline at the time.

Call Numberoki B3892300
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