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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(Wusuo Liu xiansheng) Juguan shuijing 勿所劉先生居官水鏡 [Mr. Liu Wusuo’s Clear Mirror for Those Serving as Officials]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodLate Ming (1585-1644)
AuthorLiu Shijun 劉時俊
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume1
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: A handbook for magistrates compiled by the author’s admirers for advice to his successors as magistrates of Wujiang 吳江 (Jiangsu). J. 1 includes various essays on local government (e.g. on the administration of justice, on the management of subaltern personnel, on gifts and bribes, on examinations) as well as models of forms and registers. J. 2-3 introduce documents such as judicial pronouncements (yanyu 讞語), opinions and rescripts (pici 批詞), official communications (gongyi 公移), proclamations (gaoshi 告示), texts for worship and sacrifices (chongsi 崇祀), and texts celebrating philanthropists (jingshan 旌善), composed by the author as magistrate or legal official in three counties in Nanzhili, viz. Lujiang 廬江, Tongcheng 桐城 (Anhui), and Wujiang (Jiangsu). J. 4, entitled Fujuguan shuijing, includes some materials on the management of the yamen as well as on the government of the five capital wards (apparently of Nanjing). The text includes materials borrowed from Liu Shijun’s Sanyi zhengbian (q.v.), and can be considered part handbook and part record of administration. (n.p.)
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