(Zhengde) Gusu zhi (正德)姑蘇志 "Local Gazetteer of Suzhou from the Zhengde Reign" is a local gazetteer of Suzhou 蘇州, Jiangsu (old name Gusu) compiled by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholars Lin Shiyuan 林世遠 and Wang Ao 王鏊. Lin Shiyuan came from Sihui 四會 in Guangdong and was prefect (zhifu 知府) of Suzhou after the Hongzhi 弘治 reign (1488-1505). Wang Ao, courtesy name Wang Jizhi 王濟之, came from Wuxian 吳縣, Jiangsu and was vice chief editor of the official dynastic history (shi fu zongzai 史副總裁), and finally Right Vice Minister of Personnel (libu you shilang 吏部右侍郎).
After his retirement Lin Shiyuan began to collect historiographic information about Suzhou and compiled the 60 juan "scrolls" long Gusu zhi. He made use of earlier drafts like that of Wu Kuan 吳寬. Because Lin Shiyuan's book was not well-arranged, it was revised by Wang Ao during the Zhengde reign 正德 (1506-1521) and printed in 1506. The Gusu zhi is a very rich source on the history of Suzhou and is equally important as the two local gazetters on that city written by Fan Chengda 范成大 (Wujun zhi 吳郡志, Song period 宋, 960-1279) and Lu Xiong 盧熊 (Suzhou zhi 蘇州志, Hongwu reign 洪武, 1368-1398). It is included in the imperial reprint series Siku quanshu 四庫全書.
|1||郡邑沿革表||Historical development of commanderie and towns|
|2-4||古今守令表||Tables of office holders through history|
|5-6||科第表||Tables of examination graduates|
|13||風俗||Customs and habits|
|15||田賦(稅課貢役附)||Field tax (app. levies, tribes)|
|16||城池||City wall and moat|
|18||鄉都(市鎮村附)||Villages (app. market towns)|
|25||學校(書院附)||Schools (app. Academies)|
|29-30||寺觀||Buddhist monasteries and Daoist temples|
|32||園池||Gardens and lakes|
|35||吳世家(封爵氏族附)||Biography of the house of Wu (app. investitures)|
|37-42||宦蹟||Carrier in the officialdom|