Suichutang shumu 遂初堂書目 "Library catalogue of the Suichu Hall" is a private bibliography written during the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) by You Mao 尤袤 (1127-1194), courtesy name Yanzhi 延之, style Suichu Jushi 遂初居士, Lexi 樂溪 or Mushi Laoyi Ren 木石老逸民, from Wuxi 無錫, Jiangsu.
You Mao once hold the position of Minister of Rites (libu shangshu 禮部尚書). He was a poet and possessed a large private library in his mansion in Jiulongshan 九龍山 near Wuxi, the Suichu Hall 遂初堂 "Hall of the Fulfilment of the Natural Bent". Emperor Guangzong 宋光宗 (r. 1189-1194) in person wrote the name tablet (bian'e 匾額) of the building.
The bibliography includes more than 3,000 titles arranged in 44 categories which are divided into the four traditional sections of Confucian Classics (jingbu 經部), historiography (shibu 史部), masters and philosophers (zibu 子部), and belles-lettres (jibu 集部).
The catalogue includes numerous contemporary writings, especially histories, and is therefore an important document about Southern Song-period sources. Of special interest are the categories Xiaoshuo 小說 "Novellas", Leishu 類書 "Encyclopaedias" and Yuequ 樂曲 "Songs and arias", three genres flourishing during the the Song period. You Mao also introduced the category of scientific writings (pulu 譜錄).
The section of the Confucian Classics includes 357 books, the historiography section 793 books, the masters and philosophers section 926 books, and the belles-lettres section 779 books.
It is a pity that You Mao did not provide information about the authors of the books and only lists the titles for most of the works. For a few books he also provides information about different editions, like the Sichuan version 川本 and the Yanzhou version 嚴州本 of the history Shiji 史記.
The list gives information on editions, like the "Book of Changes" from Hangzhou (or of Master Hang? Hangben Yi 杭本易), the ancient version of the "Book of Documents" from the Directorate of Education (jiu jianben Shangshu 舊監本尚書), Master Jing's version of the Book of Songs (Jingben Maoshi 京本毛詩), a Korean version of the "Documents" (Gaoliben Shangshu 高麗本尚書), or Master Zhu's newly arranged "Changes" (Zhushi xinding Yi 朱氏新定易), etc. Siku quanshu 四庫全書 edition.
Of the Suichutang bibliography itself, more than ten different editions are available. Because the catalogue does not include a lot information on the authors and the juan-size of the books, it might not have been very widespread. It is, moreover, not possible to give a concrete date of the first print.
|經部 Jingbu Confucian Classics|
|經總||Jingzong||General books about the Classics|
|周易||Zhouyi||Commentaries on the Book of Changes|
|尚書||Shangshu||Commentaries on the Book of Documents|
|詩||Shi||Commentaries on the Book of Songs|
|禮||Li||Commentaries on the ritual books|
|樂||Yue||Books on music|
|春秋||Chunqiu||Commentaries on the Spring and Autumn Annals|
|論語孝經孟子||Lunyu Xiaojing Mengzi||Commentaries on the Confucian Analects, the Classic of Filial Piety, and the book Mengzi|
|小學||Xiaoxue||Elementary learning and lexicography|
|史部 Shibu Historiography|
|正史||Zhengshi||Official dynastic histories|
|編年||Biannian||Annals and chronicles|
|偽史||Weishi||Histories of usupatorious states|
|國史||Guoshi||Official histories of the Song dynasty|
|本朝雜史||Benchao zashi||Miscellaneous histories of the Song dynasty|
|本朝故事||Benchao gushi||Regulations of the Song dynasty|
|本朝雜傳||Benchao zazhuan||Miscellaneous biographies of the Song dynasty|
|職官||Zhiguan||Books on state offices|
|儀注||Yizhu||Books on state rituals|
|刑法||Xingfa||Books on penal law|
|姓氏||Xingshi||Books on eminent families|
|史學||Shixue||Theories of historiography|
|地理||Dili||Books on administrative geography|
|子部 Zibu Masters and philosophers|
|道家||Daojia||Writings of Philosophical Daoism|
|數術家||Shushujia||Books on divination|
|小說家||Xiaoshuojia||Novellas and stories|
|雜藝||Zayi||Miscellaneous arts and skills|
|集部 Jibu Belles-lettres|
|別集||Bieji||Collected writings of individual persons|
|章奏||Zhangzou||Memorials to the throne|
|總集||Zongji||Anthologies and collective belles-lettres|
|文史||Wenshi||History of literature, literary critique|
|樂曲||Yuequ||Songs and arias|