By Robert Hans Van Gulik, James Cahill, Wilt L. Idema, Sören Edgren

In 1949, the sinologist Robert van Gulik bought in a Tokyo curio-shop a suite of printing blocks of a Ming erotic album. years later the album, with an in depth treatise, used to be released via van Gulik himself in a 50-copy print run and despatched to a small team of sinological libraries, as "the erotic prints and different facts ought to not fall into the palms of unqualified readers". It was once to be the author's first paintings at the topic, previous his groundbreaking "Sexual lifestyles in historical China". Unqualified readers have now finally turn into certified with this legitimate variation. James Cahill, Wilt Idema and Soeren Edgren supply readers with introductions to its paintings old, literary, biographical and ebook technical content material.

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51 While the filial son Shun and the retired emperor Yao themselves are portrayed as exemplars of virtue by Lü, in the play their virtue fails to transform even their closest relatives: Shun’s father remains a fool, his brother is still a covetous villain, his son is a good-for-nothing, and his stepmother remains a silly creature. When Shun has left the palace, his stepbrother Hsiang trusts the throne will soon be his, and that he will also have the use of Shun’s two wives and concubine: “I, this Hsiang, have always been a nasty scoundrel and I haven’t changed a bit.

Van Gulik provides a modern impression of the complete work as part three of ECP. e. Hangchow) Yang-hao-chai hsiu-tzu”. Yang-hao-chai, the name of the publisher, has not yet been identified with any other Ming edition. The term hsiu-tzu simply means to publish by woodblock, and although it may suggest the publication of woodcuts in books, it was never a technical term for color printing, as proposed by van Gulik (p. 167). Feng-yüeh chi-kuan (d). Album in the Mori collection (Kyushu). Contains 20 woodcuts (printed in four colors) with accompanying poems.

While his career was cut short after Yan Sung’s death, he died holding the highest ranks and titles a Chinese bureaucrat could hope for. 13 One of his sons, Lü T’ien-ch’eng’s grandfather Lü Tui (b. 1540), was married to a daughter of an almost equally important Yü-yao official, Sun Sheng , who ended his career as the president of the Nanking Ministry of Rites. 14 The references to his wife, however, suggest that she was a woman of learning with a forceful personality. Her younger brother Sun K’uang (1543–1613), who passed the chin-shih examination in 1574 and rose to the rank of President of the Nanking Ministry of War, described her early years in the following words: “My elder sister learned to read from a very tender age.

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