Zihui 子彙 (also written 子匯) "A collection of masters and philosophers" is a series of collectanea (congshu 叢書) compiled by the Ming-period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Zhou Ziyi 周子義 (1529-1586). It includes 24 books and has a total length of 34 juan.
The Zihui focuses on books of the literary category of "masters and philosophers" and contains the most important writings of the Confucians, Daoists, dialectitians, legalists, coalition advisers, Mohists, and miscellaneous masters. Yet some few texts are rarely to be found in other collections of the "masters", like the book Lumenzi 鹿門子 or the Qiqiuzi 齊丘子.
Besides the proper texts, some commentaries are added to rare texts, like Feng Xinggui's 逢行珪 commentary on the book Yuzi 鬻子, or Lu Dian's 陸佃 (1042-1102) commentary on the Heguanzi 鹖冠子. It is important that the basic texts have been selected according to their textual quality, and the Zihui therefore is a very reliable source, except the books Mozi 墨子 and Yanzi chunqiu 晏子春秋.
The assignment of some texts to one of the philosophical schools is not always in accordance with the traditional view. The Huangshigong sushu 黃石公素書, for instance, is generally seen as a military treatise and not as a Daoist book, and the Yuzi is a book of a very obscure origin hardly to be called a Confucian text. Its positioning at the beginning of the series is therefore to be questioned.
The Zihui was printed during the Wanli reign-period 萬曆 (1573-1619) and is included in the facsimile edition of the Yuan-Ming shanben congshu 元明善本叢書 from 1937.
|(Ming) 周子義 Zhou Ziyi (comp.)
Edition of the Wanli reign-period
|書名, length in juan||Title||Author(s)|
|鬻子 一卷||Yuzi||(Zhou) 鬻熊 Yu Xiong; (Tang) 逄行珪 Feng Xinggui (comm.)|
|晏子春秋內篇 二卷||Yanzi chunqiu neipian||(Zhou) 晏嬰 Yan Ying; (Ming) 周子義 Zhou Ziyi (comm.)|
|孔叢子 三卷||Kongcongzi||(Han) 孔鮒 Kong Fu|
|賈子新書 二卷||Jiazi Xinshu||(Han) 賈誼 Jia Yi|
|陸子 (新語) 一卷||Luzi (Xinyu)||(Han) 陸賈 Lu Jia|
|小荀子 (申鑒) 一卷||Xiao Xunzi (Shenjian)||(Han) 荀悅 Shen Yue|
|鹿門子 一卷||Lumenzi||(Tang) 皮日休 Pi Rixiu|
|文子 二卷||Wenzi||(Zhou) 辛銒 Xin Jian|
|關尹子 一卷||Guanyinzi||(Zhou) 尹喜 Yin Xi|
|亢倉子 一卷||Kangcangzi||(Zhou) 庚桑楚 Gengsang Chu|
|鶡冠子 (鶴冠子) 一卷||Heguanzi||(Song) 陸佃 Lu Dian (comm.)|
|黃石公素書 一卷||Huangshi Gong sushu||(Han) 黃石公 Huangshi Gong|
|天隱子 一卷||Tianyinzi||(Tang) 司馬承禎 Sima Chengzhen|
|玄真子外篇 一卷||Xuanzhenzi waipian||(Tang) 張志和 Zhang Zhihe|
|無能子 三卷||Wunengzi||(Tang) NN|
|齊丘子 (譚子化書) 一卷||Qiqiuzi (Tanzi Huashu, Huashu)||(Southern Tang) 譚峭 Tan Qiao|
|鄧析子 一卷||Dengxizi||(Zhou) 鄧析 Deng Xi|
|尹文子 一卷||Yinwenzi||(Zhou) 尹文 Yin Wen|
|公孫龍子 一卷||Gongsun Longzi||(Zhou) 公孫龍 Gongsun Long; (Song) 謝希深 Xie Xishen (comm.)|
|慎子 一卷||Shenzi||(Zhou) 慎到 Shen Dao|
|墨子 一卷||Mozi||(Zhou) 墨翟 Mo Di|
|子華子 一卷||Zihuazi||(Zhou) 程本 Cheng Ben|
|劉子 二卷||Liuzi||(Northern Qi) 劉晝 Liu Zhou; (Tang) 袁孝政 Yuan Xiaozheng (comm.)|