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Yonglu xianjie 勇盧閒詰

Mar 27, 2024 © Ulrich Theobald

Yonglu xianjie 勇盧閒詰 (might also be written 勇廬閒詰 or 勇盧閑詰; the word 詰 is also miswritten as 話 or 詁) is a book on tobacco and snuff-bottles written during the late Qing period 清 (1644-1911) by the painter, calligrapher and seal carver Zhao Zhiqian 趙之謙 (1829-1884).

The book was finished in 1869, but only printed in 1880. It is divided into four parts described the origins of tobacco and snuff in China (Yuanshi 原始), explaining terms and designations (Zhengming 正名), describing the correct use of all types of snuff-bottles (Shiqi 釋器), and presenting quotations from literature on snuff (Zhuici 綴辭). The book shows that in the early 18th century, snuff-bottles were known with the name taoliao 套料 before they were given the usual name biyanhu 鼻煙壺 or yanhu 煙壺.

The text is found in the series Yangshiqianqibaiershijiuhezhai congshu 仰視千七百二十九鶴齋叢書.

Jin Wenming 金文明 (1998). "Yonglu xianjie shuming zhiyi: Shendu shouji 《勇廬閑詰》書名質疑——審讀手記(一)", Yaowen jiaozi 咬文嚼字, 1998 (3): 36-37.
Yang Boda 楊伯達 (1992). "Yonglu xianjie 勇廬閑詰", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, part Qinggong 輕工 (Beijing; Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), 560.
蜀漢 (221-263)