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Fatie shiwen 法帖釋文

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Fatie shiwen 法帖釋文 "Textual Explanation of Model Calligraphies" is a book on model calligraphies written by the late Northern Song period 北宋 (960-1126) scholar Liu Cizhuang 劉次莊, courtesy name Liu Zhongsou 劉中叟. He came from Changsha 長沙 (modern Changsha, Hunan) and was Censor-in-chief (yushi dafu 御史) under Emperor 宋徽宗 (r. 1100-1125). According to Cao Shimian's 曹士冕 book Fatie puxi 法帖譜系 Liu Cizhuang owned a copy of the important model calligraphy collection Chunhuage tie 淳化閣帖 that he had incised into stone slabs. Liu Cizhuang omitted the part on seal script and added a commentary for each of the calligraphies in the 10 juan "scrolls" long book. According to a story in Zeng Minxing's 曾敏行 book Duxing zazhi 獨醒雜志 Liu Cizhuang was already a calligrapher-mad in his young days and wrote calligraphic texts all over the kitchen of his parent's home. When he obtained a copy of model calligraphies in the prefectural treasure of Linjiang 臨江 he transcribed the text into standard script. The original shape of his book Fatie shiwen was a compound edition of the calligraphic texts, with inter-lineary commentary. Only in later editions his commentary was separted from the master text. The text was by Wang Lizhong 汪立中 during the reign of Emperor Ningzong 宋寧宗 (r. 1194-1224) also published in a joint edition with the model calligraphy collection of Master Pan from Jiangzhou 絳州潘氏帖. This 20-juan version is included in the imperial reprint series Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 1502.

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