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Fengchuang xiaodu 楓窗小牘

Aug 15, 2013 © Ulrich Theobald

Fengchuang xiaodu 楓窗小牘 "Petty documents from the maple window", also written 楓窻小牘, is a biji 筆記 "brush notes" style book written by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholars Yuan Jiong 袁絅 and Yuan Yi 袁頤 (the latter probably supplementing it). Both persons are not recorded in historiographic sources, and there is nothing known about their lives. The 2 juan "scrolls" long book includes a lot of stories of the Northern Song 北宋 (960-1126) capital Bianjing 汴京 (modern Kaifeng 開封, Henan), with a description of its temples and shrines, the city wall, the canals and the inhabitants. The information in the Fengchuang xiaodu is quite reliable, and it can serve as a source on the history of the social and urban history of the Song period. It was nevertheless classified as a novella (xiaoshuo 小說) by the compilers of the imperial reprint series Siku quanshu 四庫全書. The text is also to be found in the series Baoyantang miji 寶顏堂秘笈, Tang-Song congshu 唐宋叢書, Shuofu 說郛, Gujin shuobu congshu 古今說部叢書, Shuoku 說庫, Congshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編 and Baihai 稗海. In the latter the author is called Baisui yuweng 百歲寓翁.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe, vol. 2, p. 2148.