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Chidu zhinan 尺牘指南. [Jap-Sin II, 161]
Pub. Location[China]Publisher---
Daten.d.Phys. Desc.pdf. [mss., 67 p.]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberPL1275.C569
Jap-Sin II, 161
Chidu zhinan 尺牘指南
Manuscript, bamboo paper.
Sixty-seven unnumbered folios with a paper case. 23 x 18.2 cm.

This book served as a manual for students who wished to learn the epistolary style in Chinese. It is divided in six chapters:

1. 敍闊別 (Ordinary salutations).
2. 瞻仰 (Paying respects).
3. 述己情 (Telling of one’s own recent situation).
4. 敍情 (Renewal of old friendship).
5. 入事 (The main body of a letter).
6. 結尾 (Conclusion).

Illustrations are given for each of the chapters; occasionally phrases are given for use by Catholics and religious. Annotations are often given to explain all the details. It seems that the book was written for foreign missioners. The book, however, does not teach how a Chinese letter should be written. It merely gives phrases that might help when writing letters.

Source: Albert Chan, Chinese books and documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome (2002), p.447.

Online at ARSI Japonica-Sinica collection.
Local access folder: [ARSI Jap-Sin I-IV (Jap-Sin II, 161)]

Subject(s)Letter-writing, Chinese
Rec. TypeDigital Book (PDF)LanguageChinese 中文
CollectionARSIRec. #19546