Item ID: 10062 Su nü jing 素女經 [Classic of the Plain Maiden] [with]: Su nü fang 素女方 [Recipes of the Plain Maiden] [with]: Yu fang mi jue 玉房秘訣 [Secret Chants of the Jade Chamber] [with]: Yu fang zhi yao 玉房指要 [Pointing out the Essentials of the Jade Chamber] [with]: Dong xuan zi 洞玄子 [Master of Thoroughly Penetrating Darkness]. Dehui 葉德輝 YE.

Daoist Books on “Matters of the Bedchamber”

Su nü jing 素女經 [Classic of the Plain Maiden] [with]: Su nü fang 素女方 [Recipes of the Plain Maiden] [with]: Yu fang mi jue 玉房秘訣 [Secret Chants of the Jade Chamber] [with]: Yu fang zhi yao 玉房指要 [Pointing out the Essentials of the Jade Chamber] [with]: Dong xuan zi 洞玄子 [Master of Thoroughly Penetrating Darkness].

48 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. stitching (coming loose). Changsha: [Privately published by] Ye shi 葉氏, 1908.

A collection of ancient Daoist medical texts, published by the scholar, bibliophile, and publisher Ye Dehui (1864-1927). According to the Preface of our book, “these classics are all discussing matters of the bedchamber.” That is to say, they are collections of a sexological nature. Through certain sexual practices, one is supposed to maintain good health. These practices tally with a greater Taoist interest in nourishing life in search for longevity and immortality.

Ye explains in the Preface to Classic of the Plain Maiden (dated 1903, guimao) that the text was mentioned in medieval bibliographies but subsequently not seen in China. Ye recovered it from the medieval Japanese medical work Ishinpō 醫心方 from 982 CE. To our knowledge, our book is the earliest extant edition of the Classic of the Plain Maiden to be published in China.

The versos of the title pages of the Classic of the Plain Maiden, Secret Chants of the Jade Chamber, and Master of Thoroughly Penetrating Darkness, as well as the Prefaces to these works, say that they were printed in 1903 (Guangxu guimao), whereas the verso of the title page and the Preface of the Recipes says 1908 (wushen). As this is the most recent date that we find in our book, we have taken it to be the date of publication.

Our book was published as part of Ye’s collectanea Shuang mei ying congshu 雙梅影闇叢書 [Collectanea of the Shady Darkness Beneath the Two Plumtrees].

Very good copy.

Price: $350.00

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