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Shiqishi xiangjie 十七史詳節

Aug 8, 2019 © Ulrich Theobald

Shiqishi xiangjie 十七史詳節 "Excerpts from the seventeen official dynastic histories" is an overview of traditional dynastic history books compiled by the Song-period 宋 (960-1279) master Lü Zuqian 呂祖謙 (1137-1181).

The book is 273 juan long and quotes the most important or most interesting chapters from the official histories which counted at that time seventeen. The book is arranged in such a way that the "digest" of each history can be taken as a separate book, like Donglai Xiansheng Shiji xiangjie 東萊先生史記詳節 in 20 juan, Donglai Xiansheng Xihan xiangjie 東萊先生西漢書詳節 in 30 juan, Donglai Xiansheng Sanguozhi xiangjie 東萊先生三國志詳節 in 20 juan, etc. The text takes into consideration important phonetic and semantic commentaries written over the ages and includes them into his book.

The oldest print was published in 1516, made by Liu Hongyi 劉弘毅 (Shendu Studio 慎獨齋). A modern edition was published in 2008 by the Shanghai Guji Press 上海古籍出版社.

Sources:
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, 1042.
Liu Tianzhen 劉天振, Li Jin 李進 (2015). "Lü Zuqian Shiqishi xiangjie yiwen zhi jielu tedian shuping 呂祖謙《十七史詳節》“藝文志”節錄特點述評", Zhejiang Shifan Daxue xuebao (Shehui kexue ban) 浙江師範大學學報(社會科學版), 2015 (5).
Yang Songshui 楊松水 (2012). "Lü Zuqian bixia de Zhou Yu xingxiang: Jian lun Shiqishi xiangjie de shixue bifa 呂祖謙筆下的周瑜形象——兼論《十七史詳節》的史學筆法", Chaohu Xueyuan xuebao 巢湖學院學報, 2012 (3).
Zhou Zhaoxin 周兆新 (1987). "Sanguo yanyi yu Shiqishi xiangjie de guanxi 《三國演義》與《十七史詳節》的關係", Wenxue yichan 文學遺產, 1987 (10).