An indigo ink edition is also better known as a blue ink edition. After a block print book was completed in the Ming Dynasty, printing would be tried several times using blue ink, and after corrections had been made, only then would black ink be used. Therefore, Têng Pang-shu’s preface states that this is an: “indigo ink edition of proofs created from the initial block print.” Têng Pang-shu had a particularly special interest in block print books from the Ming Dynasty Chia-ching Imperial period, and even used the title “the home of a hundred Ching books” to refer to himself and the building in which he kept his many books. This work is a Ming Dynasty Chia-ching edition.
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- Edition: T’ai-chou Blue Ink Edition, 1535