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Hailu suishi 海錄碎事 "Detailed Matters Recorded Vastly as an Ocean"

The Hailu suishi 海錄碎事 "Detailed matters recorded vastly as an ocean", original name Yisilu 一四錄, is a collection of strange phenoma collected by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Ye Tinggui 葉廷珪 (also written 葉庭珪). The Hailu suishi is 22 juan "scrolls" long, according to contemporary sources, 23 juan (including the half-scrolls, 33 ), and includes 16 (or 75) categories and 584 themes. In the case of many stories, Ye Tinggui did not rely on older sources, but wrote down like he heard the stories. The stories are written down in a very short and concise way, often with only three words. The way in which the stories are arranged, follows the traditional encyclopedic terminology and sequence. The book is therefore categorized as an encyclopedia. For the stories copied from older sources, he cited his source. Ye Tinggui quotes a lot of poems and prose essays, to which he sometimes also provides explanations. A lot of these sources are long since lost. The reveived version is surely not identical to the original but has been altered by later scholars.
The Hailu suishi is included in the reprint series Siku quanshu 四庫全書. In 1989 the Shanghai cishu press 上海辭書出版社 published a reprint of a Ming period 明 (1368-1644) print.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 2039. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (2005). Zhongguo leishu 中國類書, p. 93. Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe.

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