Cheng’s Records of Evolving Luxuriant Dewdrops: 16 Juan


Cheng shi yan fan lu (Cheng’s records of evolving luxuriant dewdrops) was written by Cheng Dachang (1123‒95), courtesy name Taizhi, a native of Xiuning, Huizhou (in present-day Anhui). He received his jin shi degree in the 21st year (1151) of the Shaoxing era of Southern Song. Among his official posts were assistant editorial director and senior compiler of the Imperial Secretariat, and minister of personnel. His other works include Shi lun (On poetry) and Yi yuan (Tracing the book of change). The title of this work originated from Chun qiu fan lu (The luxuriant dew of the spring and autumn annals), written by the famed Han thinker Dong Zhongshu (circa 179‒circa 104 BC). Dong’s work was partially lost by the time of the Southern Song. Cheng was inspired to carry out textual research of that work and develop his own ideas, thus the title. The book has Cheng’s own author’s preface, dated the seventh year (1180) of the Chunxi era, from which we can deduce the approximate date of the completion of the work. The work contains the results of detailed research of classical quotations. It also records miscellaneous subjects from the Xia, Shang, and Zhou dynasties and on up to the Song. It is especially detailed relating to the Song dynastic systems, with notations on the sources, making it easy to locate them. Si ku quan shu zong mu (General catalog of the imperial Siku collection) praises the work as “in-depth, clear, and sufficient to be used as the basic model.” This copy had been held by book collectors of the Qing, including Jiang Tingxi and Wang Shizhong. Presented here are juan 1‒10 of this work.

Last updated: August 31, 2017