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Hanyuan ji 翰苑集 "Collection from the Hanlin Garden"


The Hanyuan ji 翰苑集 "Collection from the Hanlin Garden" is an anthology of political essays compiled by the Tang period 唐 (618-907) writer and philosopher Lu Zhi 陸贄 (754-805). Lu Zhi, courtesy name Lu Jingyu 陸敬輿, was a high official at the Tang court and was made Hanlin Academician 翰林學士 under the reign of Emperor Dezong 唐德宗 (779-804). As a such, he was very competent in the drafting of edicts and political essays and was known for his very elegant written language. He has left a lot of writings, like Yishilu 遺使錄, Beiju wenyan 備舉文言, Lushi jiyan fang 陸氏集驗方 and Lunyibiao shuji 論議表疏集. The oldest form of his Hanyuan ji was 10 juan "scrolls" long, but the Song period 宋 (960-1279) bibliography Zhizhai shulu jieti 直齋書錄解題 speaks only of the Lu Xuangong ji 陸宣公集 "Lu Zhi's collected writings" with a length of 22 juan. This includes the two collections Hanyuan ji 翰苑集 and Bangziji 牓子集. The bibliography Junzhai dushu zhi 郡齋讀書志 only includes a 12 juan long collection of memorials (zouyi 奏議). The modern name and the length of the modern version (22 juan) are to be dated back to Su Shi's 蘇軾 arrangement of the text. It is not known how many contents were already lost at that time. Lu Zhi's texts attracted a widespread admiration and are quoted in full length in many passages of the history Zizhi tongjian 資治通鑒. The Hanyuan ji was preserved in a copy of the library of the Imperial Household that served as the basic text for the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 2388. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

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