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Qinshu Daquan
Great Collection of Qin Writings 1
蔣克謙輯 Compiled by Jiang Keqian 2
琴書大全
1590
Putting on strings; playing in an empty valley 3

Qinshu Daquan, perhaps the largest surviving qin handbook, has 22 folios, but only the last two have qin tablature (62 melodies (9 earliest), 8 with lyrics). The rest of the book consists of writings connected to the qin.4

According to the preface by Zha Fuxi:

The table of contents for a "Yongle (1403 -1425) Qin Book Collection"5 as recorded in the Qinqing Tang Book Index is the same as (the table of contents) in the present book, but the "Yongle Qin Book Collection" was a hand copy and it wasn't a product of the Wanli period (1573 - 1620); probably it was a forgery by a Ming dynasty bookstore.

For further information see the:

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. See Volume V of Qinqu Jicheng. (Return)

2. Further information on Jiang Keqian is in the Qinqu Jicheng preface. (Return)

3. Qinshu Daquan has only two images showing people with qins; in neither image is the player identified. The first image (QQJC VI/177), here at top, illustrates "putting on the strings". The second (VI/188), below, accompanies text poetically evoking an explanation of the finger technique 虛奄 xu yan (don't use the right hand; with left hand index finger [or ring finger] on the string, press the thumb down, making a sound). The accompanying image evokes "空谷傳聲 transmitting sound in an empty valley". (Return)

4. The reprinting of Qinshu Daquan required the whole of Volume V of Qinshu Jicheng. There are 532 pages, each with two double-pages from the original. (Return)

5. 永樂琴書集成 Yongle Qinshu Jicheng. It was listed in Qin Shu Cun Mu. (Return)

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