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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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TitleDa Ming lü jiangjie 大明律講解[Commentaries and Explanations on the Penal Code of the Great Ming]
Topic1. Code and commentaries
Historical periodEarly Ming (1368 -1584)
Place of publicationHeilongjiang renmin chubanshe 黑龍江人民出版社
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentA Korean commentary to the Ming code similar in format to other works of the same type. It begins with a general table of contents listing the parts and sections of the Code, explanation of the “eight characters”, tables (Five punishments, Instruments for punishment, and Mourning), and detailed table of contents listing the 460 statutes of the code (j. shou); this table splits the Code in two parts, called shangjuan 上卷 (j. 1-12) and xiajuan 下卷 (j. 13-30 starting with the 兵律). (Both tables of contents indicates the juan numbers, which is rarely the case in the editions of the Code with commentaries.) The commentaries in the body of the work are very unevenly distributed and sometimes rather scarce; they usually do not do much more than paraphrase and expand the text of the law, although in some instances they do quote parallel laws, highlighting the differences. They are inserted in small characters either at the end of a statute or after individual paragraphs or sentences thereof. They are signaled by black cartouches with the words jiang yue 講曰 or (less frequently) jie yue 解曰, the latter probably quoting from the Da Ming lü zhijie (q.v.), an earlier Korean commentary. There are also explanations in small characters inserted in the text of the statutes, usually starting with the word wei 謂, “It says that…”. They are clearly distinct from the commentaries introduced by jiang or jie, but quite similar in content. There are no substatutes (tiaoli) cited, and the date of the original text is not known.
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