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Yeshiyuan cangshu mu 也是園藏書目

Dec 17, 2019 © Ulrich Theobald

Yeshiyuan cangshu mu 也是園藏書目 "Catalogue of books collected in This Also Garden" is an early bibliography of Qian Zeng 錢曾 (1629-1701), courtesy name Zunwang 遵王, style Yeshiweng 也是翁.

In this 4-juan long catalogue he lists and describes 3,807 books stored in the library of his Yeshi Garden. The system follows the traditional arrangement in four categories that was established in Qian's catalogue Dushu minqiu ji 讀書敏求記, but not with the same exactness as in his cataloge Shugutang shumu 述古堂書目.

The categories are Confucian Classics (Jing 經), historiography (Shi 史), "Masters and philosophers” (Zi 子), belles-lettres collections (Ji 集), the Tripitaka (Sanzang 三藏), the Daoist canon (Daozang 道藏), and ancient and modern theatre plays (Gujin zaju 古今雜劇).

This is the oldest catalogue, in which operas or theatre plays are assembled in a distinct category. Of all the catalogues compiley by Qian, this one is the largest. It includes a considerable amount of manuscript and printed novellas and romances from the Ming period that originally had been in the possession of the collector Zhao Qimei 趙琦美 (1563-1624, Maiwang Studio 脈望館). Buddhist (numbering 280) and Daoist writings (210), as well as theatre plays and novellas (together 490), are listed separately from the four traditional categories.

In 1910 Luo Zhenyu 羅振玉 (1866-1940) reprinted the Yeshiyuan catalogue in his series Yujianzhai congshu 玉簡齋叢書.

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Tang Guirong 唐貴榮, ed. (1997). Zhongguo shumu jiansuo cidian 中國書目檢索辭典 (Zhengzhou: Zhongzhou guji chubanshe), 268.
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