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Shanzhong zhugong guili 善終助功規例. [Jap-Sin I, 186]
AuthorFróis João 伏若望, 1591-1638
Pub. LocationTaibei Shi 臺北市PublisherTaipei Ricci Institute 利氏學社
Date2002Phys. Desc.v. 5, p. 333-438 ; 22 cm.
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberBX1665.A2 Y47 2002 v. 5
Shanzhong zhugong guili 善終助功規例 / [Fu Ruowang zhu 伏若望著].
OCLC record and series table of contents substitute 諸 for 助.

JapSin I, 186
Shanzhong zhugong guili 善終助功規例
By Fu Ruowang 伏若望 (João Fróis, 1591–1638).
One juan. Bamboo paper in one volume.
Reprinted by the Yuedantang 曰旦堂at Jianwu 建武 (Jianchang 建昌, Jiangxi).
No date of publication.

Wieger’s catalogue (WH) mistakenly gives Furtado as the author of this book.
The frontispiece bears the emblem of the Society of Jesus. The verso of this folio gives the title of the book and the name of the author. There were three censors of the book: Manuel Dias Jr. 陽瑪諾, Lazzaro Cattaneo 郭居靜 and Pedro Ribeiro 黎寧石. The imprimatur was given by Francisco Furtado, then Vice-Provincial.
There is an introduction on a happy death (two folios). The main text consists of forty-nine folios. There are seven columns in each half folio with fifteen characters in each column. The middle of each folio bears the title: Shanzhong zhugong 善終助功; the number of the folio is given below. At the end of the last folio there is an inscription, which gives the place of publication: 建武曰旦堂重梓.
The purpose of this book is given in the introduction, which states that to be good while living in this world is a difficult task, and that it is even more difficult to obtain a good death at the moment of leaving this world. It then goes on to say that a good death is founded on leading a good life. Once the relevance of this truth is realized one should not shrink from doing good while there is still time. What comes after is unknown to us. The last moment when one is on one’s deathbed is the most difficult hour of one’s life. There is great need for somebody to assist the dying man that he may have a happy death. The method given in this book serves as a help in doing this.
Cf. Jap-Sin I, 112.

Source: Albert Chan, Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 248.

Full bibliographical details see: Ad Dudink & Nicolas Standaert, Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database)

Subject(s)Death
Conduct of life--China--Catholic authors--17th century
Sacraments--Catholic Church
SeriesChinese Christian texts from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus ; v. 5
Yesuhui Luoma dang'anguan Ming-Qing Tianzhujiao wenxian 耶穌會羅馬檔案館明清天主教文獻 ; 第5冊
Rec. TypeBookLanguageChinese 中文
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryEdition初版Rec. #5374
OCLC58425575