Genealogy of the Liu Family of Xiuyi Mining


Chinese genealogical works are historical records that document the pedigree, deeds, and events relating to a patriarchal clan. A genealogical work generally was composed of: a preface; table of contents; rules of compilation; rules and instructions to be observed by clansmen; images of the ancestral temple, tombs, and portraits; pedigree charts; and biographies of worthy members of the clan. Also included were the names of the person or persons responsible for issuing the work, as well as a postscript. Such works complement the available general historical records and are an important source for studies of Chinese history and culture. Many genealogies exist of Liu families in the early history of China, and the quantity published surged to a new high during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The earliest extant editions are from the Ming era, including this work, published in 1557. The original inscription states that the work was compiled by Liu Hao, a 19th-generation descendant, and other authors. The work traces a family line back to Liu Yu of Mining, who, after receiving his jin shi (doctoral degree) during the Xiantong reign (860–74) of the Tang dynasty, was posted to Jiangnan, where he engaged in military affairs. Subsequent generations of the Liu during the Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties mostly had literary and political careers. The work contains numerous writings by renowned personalities. The four prefaces were written by Yu Ji (1272–1348), a scholar and poet; by Zhu Sheng (1299–1370), a member of the Hanlin Academy; and by two members of Liu family, Liu Ran and Liu Tang. The postscript was by the author himself. Some pieces in this work are the only existing writings of these men of letters.


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13 juan, 2 volumes

Last updated: February 18, 2014