Item ID: 10047 Qing ren shuo hui chu ji 清人說薈初集 [Collection of Stories by Qing Authors, First Installment] [with] Qing ren shuo hui er ji 二集 [Collection of Stories by Qing Authors, Second Installment]. Jin 雷瑨 LEI, ed.

The Literature of the Qing Dynasty

Qing ren shuo hui chu ji 清人說薈初集 [Collection of Stories by Qing Authors, First Installment] [with] Qing ren shuo hui er ji 二集 [Collection of Stories by Qing Authors, Second Installment].

12 vols. Small 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, orig. stitching. [China]: Sao ye shan fang 掃葉山房, 1917.

First edition of these lithographically printed collections of prose and verse by various authors from the Qing period. The majority of the pieces collected here is literary fiction written in classical Chinese. The table of contents advertises that several of the included works are printed from manuscript copies. The collections include such titles as “Short Biographies of Female Poets of the Eight Banners” and “Record of Things Seen and Heard from the New Moon Pavilion.”

The publisher of our edition, Saoye shanfang, or the “Mountain Dwelling of Sweeping Leaves” was “the name of a famous commercial publisher. It was established toward the end of the Ming period and was in continuous operation until the early Republic. Initially, it was established in Suzhou, but it later established branches in Shanghai, Hankou, and other places” (Zhou, Tushuguan xue qingbao xue cidian, 370).

Lei Jin (1871-1941), who compiled our book, worked at the press at this time. He spent his career after the Republican revolution in publishing and journalism, leaving Saoye shanfang for the Shanghai newspaper Shenbao 申報. He authored one historical novel, assembled historical sources pertaining to the modern history of his hometown of Songjiang, and left two manuscript memoirs of literary and historical value (Songjiang wenhua zhi bianxiezu, Songjiang wenhua zhi, 268).

Some scholarly resources and bibliographical entries say that the second installment of the series was only published in 1928, but our book has the date 1917 (Minguo 6) on the cover of the first volume of the second installment.

Fine set, preserved in two publisher’s hantao.

Price: $350.00

Item ID: 10047