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Zhiguan fenji 職官分紀 "Separate Records for the State Offices"

The Zhiguan fenji 職官分紀 "Separate records for the state offices" is an encyclopedia of state offices compiled by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Sun Fengji 孫逢吉. The 50 juan "scrolls" long book lists the state offices and the responsibilities of each official through the ages and down to the Yuanyou reign 元祐 (1086-1093), always in comparison to the putative system of the early Zhou period 周 (11th cent.-221 BCE) as allegedly presented in the Confucian Classic Zhouli 周禮. It also provides comprehensive information about the occupants of a vast amount of official positions and provides commentaries to the sources quoted. 320 books served as source for the compilation. Interestingly enough, Sun Fengji also quotes from apocryphal literature from the Han period 漢 (206 BCE-220 CE) which is historically not very reliable.
The Zhiguan fenji is included in the reprint series Siku quanshu 四庫全書. It was reprinted in 1935 by the Shanghai shangwu press 上海商務印書館 in the series Siku quanshu zhenben chuji 四庫全書珍本初集. It was reprinted in 1988 by the Zhonghua shuju press 中華書局.

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, pp. 91-92. Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe.

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