Rem.: The work was commissioned by the Yongzheng emperor, who wanted to have seasoned high officials write a handbook for inexperienced new magistrates (a first project had been entrusted to Zhu Shi 朱軾 and Shen Jinsi 沈近思 in 1724). The edict of 1730/3/4 (undated in 1859 ed.) which serves as a preface indicates that the emperor has inspected the text and has been satisfied with its style and contents. A copy should be given to every magistrate to keep with himself and consult constantly.
Tian Wenjing, often given as the book’s only author, had spent some fifteen years as a county administrator before he was made a governor (ECCP, p. 719). As can be seen in the Yongzheng emperor’s edict, however, both Tian Wenjing and Li Wei were entrusted with the task. Indeed, the text is composed of two parts bearing the same title (viz. the author’s name and title followed with the words qinzun shengyu tiaolie zhouxian shiyi 欽遵聖諭條列州縣事宜). Part One is by Tian Wenjing and is headed with a table of contents (not given in the 1868 ed.); Part Two is by Li Wei and has neither table of contents nor paragraph captions. [n.p.]. The contents of both parts follow the order of standard magistrate handbooks.
Ed.: In GZSJC, vol. 3, reproducing the 1859 Huanhai zhinan wuzhong ed. [The table of contents, probably based on the date of the second postface, speaks of a “1828” ed.]