Though the work is attributed to Song Ci, only 29 entries of his original 53 are left. The first two fasc. feature Xiyuan lu in continuous pagination (70 folios). The third fasc. (still with title Xiyuan lu in the margins) contains extracts from Yiyu ji (q.v.) titled Xufu yiyu zhaiyao 續附疑獄摘要 (64 cases). According to the pref. the book was published by a certain Mr. Chen, assistant surveillance commissioner of Huguang 觀察武昌憲副陳公 (that is, Chen Yuwang 陳于王, appointed surveillance vice-commissioner [副使] in 1607), said to have been particularly intent to improve the condition and morality of the people.