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Yudi guangji 輿地廣記

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Yudi guangji 輿地廣記 "Broad records of the empire" is a geography of China compiled by the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) scholar Ouyang Min 歐陽忞, who was probably a descendant of the great historian Ouyang Xiu 歐陽修. The first four juan "scrolls" of the 38 juan long book describe the regions of China through history. The rest of the book is a detailed description of the local administration of Song period China, yet parts of China that were not included in the Song empire, like the sixteen prefectures (shiliuzhou 十六州) in the northeast that were ceded to the Liao empire 遼 (907-1125), are also included as "prefectures outside civilisation" (huawai zhou 化外州).
The Yudi guangji is included in the reprint series Siku quanshu 四庫全書, Wuyingdian juzhenban congshu 武英殿聚珍版, Shiliju congshu 士禮居叢書 and Congshu jicheng 叢書集成. There is a text-critical edition of the various versions of this book compiled by Sun Xinghua 孫星華, and one by Huang Pilie 黃丕烈.

Source: 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, p. 1057.

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