Item ID: 9858 Song Teng Zhongjiegong shi Jin ben mo 宋滕忠節公使金本末 [Chronological Account of the Loyal and Upright Lord Teng of the Song’s Embassy to the Jin] [with] Teng Zhongjiegong yi shi 滕忠節公遺詩 [Posthumous Poetry by the Loyal and Upright Lord Teng]. Lian 宋濂 SONG.

Negotiating with the Jurchens

Song Teng Zhongjiegong shi Jin ben mo 宋滕忠節公使金本末 [Chronological Account of the Loyal and Upright Lord Teng of the Song’s Embassy to the Jin] [with] Teng Zhongjiegong yi shi 滕忠節公遺詩 [Posthumous Poetry by the Loyal and Upright Lord Teng].

One illus. 21 folding leaves. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers (a little worn), orig. stitching. [China]: Baoshan Teng shi 寶山滕氏, 1935.

The record of an ill-fated diplomatic mission in the 12th century, when the Song dynasty existed in a geopolitical context in which it faced states as powerful as itself on its northern border. This was a time of “China among equals.” The Chinese Song could no longer realistically claim to be a universal empire but had to negotiate with its competitors. Our book is part of that history.

The Loyal and Upright Lord Teng, Teng Maoshi 茂實 (d. 1128), a Song official, was sent to negotiate with the Jurchens in 1126, during the time that witnessed the fall of northern China to the Jurchen Jin. Teng Maoshi was sent to cede the city of Taiyuan to the Jurchens. But when the Jurchens reached the city, they faced resistance from Song forces and thus accused the Song of not honoring their word. As the Song envoy, Teng was imprisoned and died soon thereafter.

The author, Song Lian (1310-81), was one of the leading court scholars of the early Ming period.

Our edition was printed with movable lead type by a descendant of Teng named Teng Gu 滕固, who added a colophon to the work (dated 1934). There is also a colophon by Zhang Dingsi 張鼎思, written in 1589 (Wanli jichou) “at the house of Lord [Teng’s] 18th-generation descendant [Teng] Jinsheng 晉生.” The Posthumous Poetry has a colophon by writer and propagandist for political reform Chen Yan 陳衍 (1856-1937), dated 1934 (jiaxu). It includes a portrait of Teng Maoshi based on a Song-period original.

Nice copy. We find no copy in WorldCat.

Price: $850.00

Item ID: 9858

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