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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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Title(Xinjuan) Fajia tou danhan 新鐫法家透膽寒 [Lawyer's Piercing Gallbladder Awe, A new edition]
Topic4.3 Magistrates handbooks: Handbooks for Pettifoggers (songshi 訟師)
CountryChinese
AuthorBuxiang zi 補相子
Volume16
Publication typeWoodblock
Comment

The short 16-j. work (fitting in one fasc. in the copy at Beida) features mostly examples of accusations (告, sometimes 首) with the corresponding counter-accusations (訴). They are arranged under 16 categories (類) dealing with, respectively, sexual crimes (姦淫), violence and robbery (賊盜), treason (叛逆), homicide (人命), tomb violations (墳墓), houses (房屋), marriage (婚姻), land (田土), agriculture (耕種), taxation (錢糧), transfers of property (推收隱寄印契丈量), fraud (囮塌罔利, concerning price speculation and usury), felling trees and tax abuses (苗木竹草附漏稅增稅), swindling and gambling (刁拐賭博), official corruption (貪官墨吏), and various forms of contraband or counterfeiting (一切私條). The number of “accusations” (詞) per category varies between 5 and 17. Despite many misprints the volumes are clearly printed; the content of each accusation and counter-accusation is abstracted in a brief small-character note. The work indirectly offers an interesting range of all the sorts of crimes or irregularities people were likely to go to court to complain about in the late Ming.

SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
Call Numberoki B3883900
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