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Kuaishu 快書 "Books for Pleasure"


Kuaishu
Guang kuaishu
Kuaishu liuzhong
The Kuaishu 快書 "Books for Pleasure" is a collectaneum compiled by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholars Min Jingxian 閔景賢 and He Weiran 何偉然. Min Jingxian, courtesy name Min Shixing 閔士行, came from Wucheng 烏程 (modern Huzhou 湖州, Zhejiang), and He Weiran, courtesy name He Xianqu 何仙臞 from Renhe 仁和 (near modern Hangzhou杭州, Zhejiang). There is not much more known about their lives. The Kuaishu includes 50 texts from the Ming period with a total length of 50 juan "scrolls". The texts are mostly abbreviated, and for some the publishers even changed the title, like Huixinbian 會心編 to Qiutao 秋濤, Xingyan 醒言 to Guangmingcang 光明藏, or Zhou Shouzhong's 周守忠 Jishi 姬侍 to Zhulian 姝聯. Most texts are said to be "shallow and frivolous". The most important writings in the Kuaishu are Xu Yiqing's 徐以清 Jianyou suotan 鑒右瑣談, Wang Tingxiang's 王廷相 Yashu 雅述, Zhu Shilu's 祝世祿 Huanbizhai xiaoyan 環碧齋小言, Ye Ziqi's 葉子奇 Caomuzi 草木子, Sun Boguan's 孫伯觀 Dushutong 讀書通, Wu Qingye's 吳寧野 Jiaoyouguan 交友觀 and Ao Ying's 敖英 Lüxue geza 綠雪革雜.
The collectaneum was first printed in 1626, in an edition including two sets of 16 and 24 volumes, respectively. Another edition was 12 volumes long.
Together with Wu Congxian 吳從先, He Weiran compiled a continuation of this collectaneum, the Guang kuaishu 廣快書 that has the same length. Wu Congxian had published an excellent collection of poems called Buyiquan 布衣權 a copy of which was once owned by Zhang Wenzhi 張文峙, but was unfortunately lost during the disturbances in the late Ming. Most texts of the Guang kuaishu date from the Ming period, but there are also a few produced during the early Qing period 清 (1644-1911), like the texts Shanyizhe yan 善易者言 and Shishu 世書, written by Wu Ying 吳穎, or Zhou Bin's 周賓 Shixiaobian 識小編. The latter is substantially abbreviated, and, like in the Kuaishu, the authors of the Guang kuaishu did not shy away from altering titles, like Yishengying 一聲鶯, Youqingchi 有情癡, Zhaoxinxi 照心犀 or Ousi 嘔絲, which are all actually selections from the Shixiaobian. The most important Ming texts in the Guang kuaishu are Lai Sixing's 來斯行 Cha'an yanyu 槎庵燕語, Zhou Hong's 周宏 Hezhizi 何之子, Tian Yiheng's 田藝蘅 Yuxiao lingyin 玉笑零音, Qian Xiyan's 錢希言 Xixia 戲瑕 and Tu Benjun's 屠本畯 Haiwei suoyin 海味索隱.
The Guang kuaishu was first printed during the Chongzhen reign 崇禎 (1628-1644), in two different editions, one with 16 volumes, and one with 20. Two originals are now owned by the Library of Congress.
During the Wanli reign 萬曆 (1574-1619) Hua Shu 華淑 compiled a collectaneum of his own books. This is the short Kuaishu liu zhong 快書六種, with a total length of 12 juan.


Sources:
Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe, vol. 1, p. 2031-2032.
Shanghai tushuguan 上海圖書館 (ed. 1982), Zhongguo congshu zonglu 中國叢書綜錄, vol 1, p. 51, 51-52. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe.


快書 Kuaishu
(Ming) 閔景賢 Min Jingxian, 何偉然 He Weiran (comp.)
書名, length in juan Title Author(s)
秋濤 (會心編) 一卷 Qiutao (Huixinbian) (Ming) 王納諫 Wang Najian (王聖俞 Wang Shengyu)
光明藏 (醒言) 一卷 Guangmingcang (Xingyan) (Ming) 倪元昌 Ni Yuanchang (倪允昌 Ni Yunchang)
晉麈 一卷 Jinchen (Ming) 雙淸 Shuangqing (ed.)
螢燈 (贅言) 一卷 Yingdeng (Zhiyan) (Ming) 汪昌期 Wang Changqi (無如子 Wuruzi)
月鏡 (滄漚集) 一卷 Yuejing (Cang'ouji) (Ming) 張重華 Zhang Chonghua
譚輅 一卷 Tanlu (Ming) 張鳳翼 Zhang Fengyi
白雲梯 一卷 Baiyunti (Ming) 李何事 Li Heshi
驚筵辨 一卷 Jingyanbian (Ming) 張重華 Zhong Chonghua (張虞侯 Zhang Yuhou)
鑑古瑣譚 一卷 Jiangu suotan (Ming) 徐應乾 Xu Yingqian (徐以清 Xu Yiqing)
黃辭 一卷 Huangci (Ming) 黃虞龍 Huang Yulong (黃俞言 Huang Yuyan)
綠雪亭雜言 一卷 Lüxueting zayan (Ming) 敖英 Ao Ying
竹窗合筆 一卷 Zhuchuang hebi (Ming) 釋祩宏 Monk Zhuhong
雅述 一卷 Yashu (Ming) 王廷相 Wang Tingxiang
枕餘 一卷 Zhenyu (Ming) 徐汝廉 Xu Rulian
存論 一卷 Cunlun (Ming) 天臺野人 Tiantai yeren
環碧齋小言 一卷 Huanbizhai xiaoyan (Ming) 祝世祿 Zhu Shilu
玉振 一卷 Yuzhen (Ming) NN
郎川答問 一卷 Langchuan dawen (Ming) 余常吉 Yu Changji
頂門針 一卷 Dingmenzhen (Ming) 徐之鏌 Xu Zhimo (徐卷石 Xu Juanshi)
德山暑譚 一卷 Deshan shutan (Ming) 袁宏道 Yuan Hongdao
閒情十二撫 一卷 Xianqing shier fu (Ming) 蘇士混 Su Shihun
鴛鴦譜 (悅客編) 一卷 Yuanyangpu (Yuekebian) (Ming) 衛泳 Wei Yong
妹聯 (姬侍類偶) 一卷 Meilian (Jishi lei'ou) (Song) 周守忠 Zhou Shouzhong
惑溺供 一卷 Huoruogong (Ming) 林□ Lin N
雙門調 (睡鄉記) 一卷 Shuangmendiao (Shuixiangji) (Ming) 鄭元夫 Zheng Yuanfu
含少論略 一卷 Hanshao lunlüe (Ming) 葛見堯 Ge Jianyao
擬易 一卷 Niyi (Ming) 張武略 Zhang Wulüe
石桃丙舍草 一卷 Shitao bingshe cao (Ming) 蔣若椰 Jiang Ruolang
史遺 一卷 Shiyi (Ming) 丘兆麟 Qiu Zhaolin
書憲 一卷 Shuxian (Ming) 吳從先 Wu Congxian (吳季子 Wu Jizi)
讀書通 一卷 Dushutong (Ming) 孫伯觀 Sun Boguan
諸子斟淑一卷 Zhuzi zhuoshu (Ming) 朱君復 Zhu Junfu
觀老莊影響論 一卷 Guanlao zhuangying xianglun (Ming) 釋德淸 Monk Deqing (憨山道人 Hanshan daoren)
測莊 一卷 Cezhuang (Ming) 鄭之惠 Zheng Zhihui (石人隱士 Shiren yinshi)
草木子 一卷 Caomuzi (Ming) 葉子奇 Ye Ziqi
交友觀 一卷 Jiaoyouguan (Ming) 吳寧野 Wu Ningye (吳從先 Wu Congxian)
七幅菴 一卷 Qifu'an (Ming) 傅汝舟 Fu Ruzhou (傅遠度 Fu Yuandu)
九發 一卷 Jiufa (Ming) 支大倫 Zhi Dalun (支華平 Zhi Huaping)
錢詈 一卷 Qianli (Ming) 支大倫 Zhi Dalun (支華平 Zhi Huaping)
客齋使令 一卷 Kezhai shiling (Ming) 俞儈蜜 Yu Sengmi (俞蜜儈 Yu Miseng)
雅俗辨 一卷 Yasubian (Ming) 黃孟威 Huang Mengwei
書史紀原 一卷 Shushi jiyuan (Ming) 夏浸之 Xia Qinzhi
書麈 一卷 Shuchen (Ming) 沈灝 Shen Hao (沈顥 Shen Hao)
花案 一卷 Hua'an (Ming) 何仙郎 He Xianlang
十處士傳 一卷 Shi chushi zhuan (Ming) 支中夫 Zhi Zhongfu (支立 Zhi Li)
奕律 一卷 Yilü (Ming) 王思任 Wang Siren
五嶽臥遊 一卷 Wuyue woyou (Ming) 俞瞻白 Yu Zhanbai (俞思沖 Yu Sichong)
文苑四史 一卷 Wenyuan sishi (Ming) 鍾泰華 Zhong Taihua
法楹 一卷 Faying (Ming) 閔景賢 Min Jingxian (comp.)
才鬼記 一卷 Caiguiji (Tang) 鄭蕡 Zheng Fei; (Ming) 梅鼎祚 Mei Dingzuo (comp.)
Shanghai tushuguan 上海圖書館 (ed. 1982), Zhongguo congshu zonglu 中國叢書綜錄, vol 1, p. 51. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe.

廣快書 Guang kuaishu
(Ming) 何偉然 He Weiran, 吳從先 Wu Congxian (comp.)
書名, length in juan Title Author(s)
槎菴燕語 一卷 Cha'an yanyu (Ming) 來道之 Lai Daozhi (來斯行 Lai Sixing)
碣石宮鬘語 一卷 Jieshi gongman yu (Ming) 阮堅之 Ruan Jianzhi
一聲鶯 一卷 Yishengying (Ming) 張來初 Zhang Laichu
何之子 一卷 Hezhizi (Ming) 周元孚 Zhou Yuanfu (周宏禴 Zhou Hongyue)
秋籹樓眉判 一卷 (Ming) 何偉然 He Weiran
儒禪 一卷 Ruchan (Ming) 吳寧野 Wu Ningye (吳從先 Wu Congxian)
瀾堂夕話 一卷 Lantang xihua (Ming) 張次仲 Zhang Cizhong
史輪 一卷 Shilun (Ming) 吳見末 Wu Jianmo (吳穎 Wu Ying)
無盡燈 (客邸塵談) 一卷 Wujindeng (Kedi chentan) (Ming) 來道之 Lai Daozhi (來斯行 Lai Sixing)
卽山論 一卷 Jishanlun (Ming) 沈君烈 Shen Junlie
千一錄客談 一卷 Qianyilu ketan (Ming) 方弘靜 Fang Hongjing
海樵子 一卷 Haiqiaozi (Ming) 王崇慶 Wang Chongqing
玉笑零音 一卷 Yuxiao lingyin (Ming) 田子萟 Tian Zizhi (田藝蘅 Tian Yiheng)
尋常事一卷 Xunchangshi (Ming) 西韓生 Xihansheng
世書 一卷 Shishu (Ming) 吳見末 Wu Jianmo (吳穎 Wu Ying)
燕貽法錄 (家訓) 一卷 Yanyi falu (Jiaxun) (Ming) 方定之 Fang Dingzhi (方宏靜 Fang Hongjing)
月唳 一卷 Yueli (Ming) 凌仲望 Ling Zhongwang
秋水鏡 (臆見) 一卷 Qiushuijing (Yijian) (Ming) 洪月誠 Hong Yuecheng
桂枝女子傳 一卷 Guizhi nüzi zhuan (Ming) NN
審是帙 (雜言) 一卷 Shenshizhi (Zayan) (Ming) 張靖之 Zhang Jingzhi
花錫新命 一卷
(附)廣陵女士花殿最 一卷
Huaxi xinming
app. Guangling nüshi huadian zui
(Ming) 余君翼 Yu Junyi
丹甑 (雜說) 一卷 Zhouzeng (Zashuo) (Ming) 袁伯修 Yuan Boxiu (袁宗道 Yuan Zongdao)
弋說 一卷 Yishuo (Ming) 沈幼宰 Shen Youzai (沈昌慶 Shen Changqing)
璅言 一卷 Suoyan (Ming) 于穀山 Yu Gushan (于慎行 Yu Shenxing)
雜記 一卷 (Ming) 于穀山 Yu Gushan (于慎行 Yu Shenxing)
病中抽史 一卷
(附)反絕交論 一卷
Bingzhong choushi
app. Fanjue jiaolun
(Ming) 鄧予垣 Deng Yuyuan
松霞館贅言 一卷 Songxiaguan zhiyan (Ming) 李長卿 Li Changqing
獨鑒錄 一卷 Dujianlu (Ming) 觳齋主人 Huzhai zhuran
善易者言 一卷 Shanyi zhuoyan (Ming) 吳見末 Wu Jianmo (吳穎 Wu Ying)
讀五胡載記 一卷 Du Wuhu zaiji (Ming) 歐陽于玉 Ouyang Yuyu
蒲團上語 一卷 Putuan shangyu (Ming) 鮑在齊 Bao Zaiqi
靑鏤管夢 一卷 Qinglou guanmeng (Ming) 項德純 Xiang Dechun (項穆 Xiang Mu)
正法眼 (偶記) 一卷 Zhengfayan (Ouji) (Ming) 余聿雲 Yu Yuyun (余翹 Yu Yao)
倉庚集 一卷 Canggengji (Ming) 魏昆陽 Wei Kunyang
有情癡 一卷 Youqingchi (Ming) 吳季子 Wu Jizi
山遊十六觀 一卷 Shanyou shiliu guan (Ming) 沈懋功 Shen Maogong
蟲天志 一卷 Chongtianzhi (Ming) 沈公路 Shen Gonglu (沈弘正 Shen Hongzheng)
曲讌 一卷 Quyan (Ming) 天都逸史 Tiandu yishi
識小編 一卷 Shixiaobian (Ming) 周賓所 Zhou Binsuo
珠采 (集聯珠) 一卷 Zhucai (Jilianzhu) (Ming) NN
照心犀 (紀述) 一卷 Zhaoxinchi (Jishu) (Xue Fangshan) 薛方山 (薛應旂 Xue Yingjing)
士令 (學政, 里政) 一卷 Shiling (Xuezheng) (Ming) 郭靑螺 Guo Qingluo (郭子章 Guo Zizhang), 黃寓庸 Huang Yuyong
長嘯錄 一卷 Changxiaolu (Ming) 孫燕貽 Sun Yanyi
嘔絲 一卷 Ousi (Ming) 仙臞 Xianqu (何偉然 He Weiran)
斷肉編 一卷 Duanroubian (Ming) 閻含卿 Yan Hanqing
瞻禮舍利記 一卷 Zhanlishe liji (Ming) 李封若 Li Fengruo
天爵堂筆餘 一卷 Tianjuetang biyu (Ming) 薛千仞 Xue Qianren (薛崗 Xue Gang)
戲瑕 一卷 Xixia (Ming) 錢希言 Qian Xiyan
十影君傳 一卷 Shi yingjun zhuan (Ming) 支君敷 Zhi Junfu (支廷訓 Zhi Tingxun)
海味索隱 一卷 Haiwei suoyin (Ming) 張九嵕 Zhang Jiujun (屠本畯 Tu Benjun)
Shanghai tushuguan 上海圖書館 (ed. 1982), Zhongguo congshu zonglu 中國叢書綜錄, vol 1, pp. 51-52. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe.

快書六種 Kuaishu liuzhong
(Ming) 華淑 Hua Shu (comp.)
書名, length in juan Title Author(s)
癖顛小史 二卷 Pidian xiaoshi (Ming) 華淑 Hua Shu
說雋 四卷 Shuojun (Ming) 華淑 Hua Shu
草堂隨筆 二卷 Caotang suibi (Ming) 華淑 Hua Shu
談塵 二卷 Tanchen (Ming) 華淑 Hua Shu
文字禪 一卷 Wenzichan (Ming) 華淑 Hua Shu
逃名傳 一卷 Taomingzhuan (Ming) 華淑 Hua Shu
Shanghai tushuguan 上海圖書館 (ed. 1982), Zhongguo congshu zonglu 中國叢書綜錄, vol 1, pp. 51-52. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe.
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