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Diwang jingshi tupu 帝王經世圖譜

Feb 5, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Diwang jingshi tupu 帝王經世圖譜 "Illustrated notes on the emperor's statecraft" is an encyclopaedia on statecraft compiled during the Song period 宋 (960-1279) by Tang Zhongyou 唐仲友 (1135-1187 or 1136-1188), courtesy name Yuzheng 與政, style Shuozhai 說齋 or Yuezhai 悦齋, from Dongyang 東陽 in the prefecture of Wuzhou 婺州.

The original size of the book was 10 juan, while the received version, reconstructed from fragments in the Ming-period 明 (1368-1644) encyclopaedia Yongle dadian 永樂大典, includes a large amount of illustrations, making out a total of 16 juan. The condition of the reconstruction made it necessary to add a critical commentary.

The book assembles information about the administration of the imperial family, its household, and the central and the local governments, focused on statements in the Confucian Classic Zhouli 周禮, but with many important informations from the histories and other texts.

There is a print by the Qingyin Studio 清吟閣 of Master Qu 瞿氏. The Diwang jingshi tupu is included in the series Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, eds. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 2, 2039.
Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (2005). Zhongguo leishu 中國類書 (Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe), 108-109.