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Chunqiu chen zhuan 春秋臣傳

Aug 6, 2019 © Ulrich Theobald

Chunqiu chen zhuan 春秋臣傳 "Biographies of state officials of the Spring and Autumn period" is a collection compiled by the Ming-period 明 (1368-1644) book collector Yao Zi 姚咨 (b. 1494), courtesy name Shunrong 舜容 or Qiankun 潛坤, style Chameng Zhuren 茶夢主人 or Huangxiang Shanren 皇象山人, from Wuxi 無錫, Jiangsu. Co-author was Shao Bao 邵寶 (1460-1527), courtesy name Guoxian 國賢, style Quanzhai 泉齋 or Erquan 二泉, also from Wuxi.

The biographical collection of 13 juan was actually begun by Shao Bao, but was left unfinished, before Yao Zi took over the completion of the text. It includes the brief biographies of 148 persons of the Spring and Autumn period 春秋 (770-5th cent. BCE), arranged according to the regional state they served. Each biography ends with a short assessment. The book was influenced by Wang Dang's 王當 Chunqiu lieguo chenzhuan 春秋列國臣傳, which used the chronology of the Zhuozhuan 左傳, centering on the state of Lu 魯. Shao and Yao did not make use of a lead chronology, for which reason the sequence of time in the many regional states is difficult to perceive.

The book was printed in 1571 by An Shaofang 安紹芳 (today owned by the Beijing Library 北京圖書館).

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, eds. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, 996.