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Riwenlu 日聞錄 "Records of Daily News"


The Riwenlu 日聞錄 "Records of daily news" is a biji 筆記 "brush notes" style essay written by the late Yuan period 元 (1279-1368) scholar Li Chong 李翀 (the bibliography Qianqingtang shumu 千頃堂書目 writes Ling Chong 淩翀), of whom not much is known. The short book records historical events between the years 1364 and 1366, a critical phase in the downfall of the Yuan dynasty. The text provides information about the administrative system of the Yuan not found in other texts, but there are also some factual errors or clerical errors (like 旗 "banner" instead of 節 "seal"). The text has only survived as fragments quotes in the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) encyclopedia Yongle dadian 永樂大典. The text is to be found in the collectanea Siku quanshu 四庫全書, Hanhai 函海, Mohai jinhu 墨海金壺, Shoushange congshu 守山閣叢書 and Congshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編.

Source: 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. 1964.
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