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Zhitianlu 芝田錄 "Records from the Sesame Field"

The Zhitianlu 芝田錄 "Records from the Sesame Field" is a collection of stories compiled by the Tang period 唐 (618-907) scholar Ding Yonghui. It is listed in the imperial bibliography Yiwenzhi 藝文志 in the official dynastic history Xintangshu 新唐書, but the name of the author is not mentioned, likewise in the bibliographic chapter in the Song period 宋 (960-1279) encyclopedia Wenxian tongkao 文獻通考. Chao Gongwu's 晁公武 bibliography Junzhai dushu zhi 郡齋讀書志 says that the title is derived from a sentence in Pan Yue's 潘岳 rhapsody Xizheng fu 西征賦 from the Jin period 晉 (265-420). The original text included 600 short stories from the Sui 隋 (581-618) and Tang periods, but the original book is lost, except some fragments quoted in other collections. The Zhitianlu is to be found in the reprint series Leishuo 類說, Shuofu 說郛 and Wuchao xiaoshuo 五朝小說. All these collections state that the author was a certain Ding Yonghui.

Source: Wu Feng 吳楓 (ed. 1994). Zhonghua gu wenxian da cidian 中華古文獻大辭典, Wenxue 文學卷, Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe p. 44.

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