Wu-tai-shih tsuan-wu with Handwritten Postscript by Wang Ming-shêng
Item No. : 184319-20
This book takes Ou-yang Hsiu's Wu-tai-shih (History of the Five Dynasties) as its base, picking out its errors, and compiling a book based upon these mistakes. By the Ch'ing Dynasty this book had already been lost, and the Ssu-k'u ch'üan-shu Bureau recreated it by copying from the Ming Dynasty Yung-le ta-tien (The Canon of the Yung-le Period). Wang Ming-shêng's postscript states: "I heard it once said that Shao Chin-han searched for and found Hsüeh Chü-chêng's (Sung Dynasty) Chiu-wu-tai-shih (Old History of the Five Dynasties) in the Ssu-k'u ch'üan-shu Bureau. When he had finished the rough draft based on Chiu-wu-tai-shih, he wanted to present it to the emperor, but first he had to show it to the official Yü Min-chung. After Yü Min-chung died, Shao's book was lost. This truly is a regretful situation." At present all copies of this work are taken from Yung-le ta-tien.