An Encyclopaedia on Chinese History, Literature and Art

Yuhu yeshi 玉壺野史

Aug 29, 2013 © Ulrich Theobald

Yuhu yeshi 玉壺野史 "Unofficial histories from the jade mug", also called Yuhu qinghua 玉壺清話 "Pure talks of the Jade Mug" is a biji 筆記 "brush notes" style book written by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) monk Wenying 文瑩. "Jade Mug" was the name of his study. The 10 juan "scrolls" long Yuhu yeshi was compiled after the publication of Wenying's book Xiangshan yelu 湘山野錄, probably during the Yuanfeng reign 元豐 (1078-1085). It includes quotations from a lot of historiographical sources from the beginning of the Song period to the Xining reign 熙寧 (1068-1077) and quotes texts from "soul paths" (shendao 神道) to tombs, tomb inscriptions (muzhi 墓志), conduct descriptions (xingzhuang 行狀), veritable records (shilu 實錄) and memorials to the throne (zouyi 奏議), but also from poems and other private prose literature.
The Yuhu yeshi is to be found in the reprint series Siku quanshu 四庫全書, Mohai jinhu 墨海金壺, Shoushange congshu 守山閣叢書, Zhibuzuzhai congshu 知不是齋叢書, Biji xiaoshuo daguan 筆記小說大觀, Shuofu 說郛 and Wuchao xiaoshuo 五朝小說. In 1984 the Zhonghua shuju press 中華書局 published a modern edition in a joint version with the Xiangshan yelu, with annotations by Zheng Changgang 鄭長剛 and Yang Liyang 楊立揚.

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. 2147.