|Sanjiao soushen daquan 三教搜神大全. [Jap-Sin I, 24]|
|Author||Zhong Xing 鍾惺, 1574–1624|
|Date||n.d.||Phys. Desc.||1 vol. ; n.d.|
|Location||ARSI||Call Number||NOT HELD. DESCRIPTION ONLY|
|JapSin I, 24|
Sanjiao soushen daquan 三教搜神大全.
Seven juan, bamboo paper, in one volume. Ming edition.
The Latin inscription on the cover reads: “Parvi tractatus populares Taoismi (in reality it is a treatise on the three popular Chinese religions).”The title page is missing. The book starts with the origin of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Then follows a series of lives of immortals and renowned monks with a great number of illustrations. The book records a good deal of traditional belief and can be of help to students of folktale.
At the end of juan 7 the Xitian zhu 西天竺 is mentioned as the place where the wooden blocks of this book are kept. The printing is inferior and makes one think that it was one of the popular books which circulated among the people in the Ming period.
At the end of the book we find juan 7 of the Xinke Zhong Bojing xiansheng piping Fengshen yanyi 新刻鍾伯敬先生批評封神演義 by Zhong Xing 鍾惺 (1574–1624, cf. Jap-Sin I, 29). On each page the illustration is given above and the text below.
Cf. Courant 5710. The Naikaku bunko owns a Ming edition (seven juan, two ce) of the Sanjiao yuanliu soushen daquan 三教源流搜神大全; see NBC, p. 287 (no further information).
Source: Albert Chan, SJ, Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 22.