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documentTypeBook
Title[Xinqie] Xiao Cao yibi 新鍥蕭曹遺筆 [Bequeathed Writings from Xiao and Cao , Newly Engraved]
Topic4.3 Magistrates handbooks: Handbooks for Pettifoggers (songshi 訟師)
Historical periodLate Ming (1585-1644)
CountryChinese
AuthorJinshui Zhulin Langsou 錦水竹林浪叟 (comp.)
Volume4
Publication typeWoodblock
Comment

A handbook supplying a variety of information about legal cases. According to Fuma Susumu (see below), this is the oldest known litigation master handbook (but see previous entry). A comparatively narrow top register is reserved for annotations on the reading of obscure characters and some further explanations or commentaries. The fanli indicates that this is a work for litigation masters, here called “legalists (法家). J. 1 begins with texts entitled “Ten ‘brocaded’ pieces of subtle advice on presenting a complaint” (做狀十段錦玄意), “Admonitions on ancient taboos” (古忌箴規, a list of 10 errors one “cannot commit” [不可]), and “Humble views of a jurist” (法家管見). Then is a section on advice about testimonies (串招式), followed by examples divided into various categories and coming from various locations. This continues into j. 3, and is followed (still in j. 3) by “phrases from the new precedents” (新條硃語), divided according the traditional six areas of administration, and two sections, one on following up on borrowed phrases (續句便要) and the other on catchwords arranged by categories (分條珥語). Then comes a series of “Sample pronouncements” (告示例). J. 4 includes two sections titled “Appended court sentences” (附判語) and “Essentials for understanding the law” (明律摘要).

SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
Call Numberoki B3874000
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