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Qinzi 秦子 "Master Qin"


The Qinzi 秦子 "Master Qin" is a treatise written by Qin Qian 秦菁 who lived in the state of Wu 吳 (222-280) during the Three Kingdoms period 三國 (220-280). The imperial bibliography Jingjizhi 經籍志 in the official dynastic history Suishu 隋書 lists a book Qinzi with a length of 3 juan "scrolls" that was already lost during the early Tang period 唐 (618-907). The Tang period collection Yilin 意林 by Ma Zong 馬總总 mentions a 2 juan long book Qinzi, which can mean that the Qinzi being in circulation at that time was already fragmentary. The Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Ma Guohan 馬國翰 collected fragments of the Qinzi surviving in encylopedias like the Beitang shuchao 北堂書鈔, Yiwen leiju 藝文類聚, the commentaries to the Wenxuan 文選, the Taiping yulan 太平御覽 or Danqian zonglu 丹鉛總錄, and compiled these to a small book that he published in his collectaneum Yuhan shanfang yiji shu 玉函山房輯佚書. From these fragements it can be seen that the Qinzi was a book with a broad range of content and was written in a very elegant language.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1883. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

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