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Jinxian huiyan 今獻彙言

May 28, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Jinxian huiyan 今獻彙言 "Assembled words of modern Writings", originally written 今獻會言, is a series of collectanea (congshu 叢書) compiled by the Ming-period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Gao Mingfeng 高鳴鳳. It is not known when and why the character for the word hui "assembled" in the title of the series was changed from 會 to 彙.

The series includes 25 books with a total length of 25 juan. All of these writings were compiled during the Ming period, which gave the series its title. The bibliographic treatise Yiwen zhi 藝文志 (ch. 96-99) in the official dynastic history Mingshi 明史 speaks of a length of 28 juan, yet the Jinxian huiyan mentioned in the descriptive catalogue to the imperial series Siku quanshu 四庫全書 is only 8-juan long.

A surviving print from the Wanli reign-period 萬曆 (1573-1619) kept in the Beijing Library 北京圖書館, and the version in the series Yingyin Yuan-Ming shanben congshu shi zhong 影印元明善本叢書十種 published by the Shanghai Commercial Press 上海商務印書館 in 1937 both include 25 writings. Surprisingly enough, the version included in the Congshu jicheng chubian mulu 叢書集成初編目錄 is 39-juan long, each juan representing a separate writing.

The Jinxian huiyan includes various "brush note" (biji 筆記)-style essays, and also some writings of early Ming Neo-Confucianism, like the book Zhengxuebian 正學編 by Chen Chen 陳琛 (1477-1545). Part of the writings are very rare geographic and historiographic treatises.

Table 1. The series Jinxian huiyan 今獻會言
(Ming) 高鳴鳳 Gao Mingfeng (comp.)
Edition from the Wanli reign-period
書名, length in juan Title Author(s)
正學編 一卷 Zhengxuebian (Ming) 陳琛 Chen Chen
明斷編 一卷 Mingduanbian (Ming) 程楷 Cheng Kai
比事摘錄 一卷 Bishi zhailu (Ming) NN
蘿山雜言 一卷 Luoshan zayan (Ming) 宋濂 Song Lian
蒙泉雜言 一卷 Mengquan zayan (Ming) 岳正 Yue Zheng
未齋雜言 一卷 Weizhai zayan (Ming) 黎久之 Li Jiuzhi
南山素言 一卷 Nanshan suoyan (Ming) 潘府 Pan Fu
松窗寤言 一卷 Songchuang wuyan (Ming) 崔銑 Cui Xian
井觀瑣言 一卷 Jingguan suoyan (Ming) 鄭瑗 Zheng Ai
演連珠編 一卷 Yanlian zhubian (Ming) 王子充 Wang Zichong
擬連珠編 一卷 Nilian zhubian (Ming) 劉基 Liu Ji
璅語編 一卷 Suoyubian (Ming) 楊慎 Yang Shen
西軒客談 一卷 Xixuan ketan (Ming) NN
詢芻錄 一卷 Xunchulu (Ming) 陳沂 Chen Yi
讕言編 一卷 Lanyubian (Ming) 曹安 Cao An
拘虛晤言 一卷 Gouxu wuyan (Ming) 陳沂 Chen Yi
竹下寤言 一卷 Zhuxia wuyan (Ming) 王文祿 Wang Wenlu
青溪暇筆 一卷 Qingxi xiabi (Ming) 姚福 Yao Fu
桑榆漫志 一卷 Sangyu manzhi (Ming) 陶輔 Tao Fu
林泉隨筆 一卷 Linquan suibi (Ming) 張綸言 Zhang Lunyan
春雨堂隨筆 一卷 Chunyutang suibi (Ming) 陸深 Lu Shen
賢識錄 一卷 Xianshilu (Ming) 陸鏊 Lu Ao (陸釴 Lu Yi)
遵聞錄 一卷 Zunwenlu (Ming) 梁億 Liang Yi
損齋備忘錄 一卷 Sunzhai beiwang lu (Ming) 梅純 Mei Chun
守溪長語 一卷 Shouxi changyu (Ming) 王鏊 Wang Ao
雙溪雜記 一卷 Shuangxi zaji (Ming) 王瓊 Wang Qiong
菽園雜記 一卷 Shuyuan zaji (Ming) 陸容 Lu Rong
平夏錄 一卷 Pingxialu (Ming) 黃標 Huang Biao
平吳錄 一卷 Pingwulu (Ming) 吳寬 Wu Kuan
北平錄 一卷 Beipinglu (Ming) NN
平胡錄 一卷 Pinghulu (Ming) 陸深 Lu Shen
平定交南錄 一卷 Pingding Jiaonan lu (Ming) 丘璇 Qiu Xuan (丘濬 Qiu Jun)
撫安東夷記 一卷 Fu'an Dongyi ji (Ming) 馬文升 Ma Wensheng
西征石城記 一卷 Xizheng shicheng ji (Ming) 馬文升 Ma Wensheng
興復哈密記 一卷 Xingfu Hami ji (Ming) 馬文升 Ma Wensheng
平夷錄 一卷 Pingyilu (Ming) 趙輔 Zhao Fu
東征紀行錄 一卷 Dongzheng jixing lu (Ming) NN
江海殲渠記 一卷 Jianghai jianqu ji (Ming) 祝允明 Zhu Yunming
醫閭漫記 一卷 Yilü manji (Ming) 賀欽 He Qin
Sources:
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. 2, 2070.
Shanghai tushuguan 上海圖書館, ed. (1982). Zhongguo congshu zonglu 中國叢書綜錄 (Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe), Vol. 1, 31.
Wu Feng 吳楓, ed. (1987). Jianming Zhongguo guji cidian 簡明中國古籍辭典 (Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe), 137.