Erotic Colour Prints of the Ming Period: With an Essay on by Robert Hans Van Gulik, James Cahill, Wilt L. Idema, Sören

By Robert Hans Van Gulik, James Cahill, Wilt L. Idema, Sören Edgren

In 1949, the sinologist Robert van Gulik bought in a Tokyo curio-shop a suite of printing blocks of a Ming erotic album. years later the album, with an intensive treatise, was once released through van Gulik himself in a 50-copy print run and despatched to a small workforce of sinological libraries, as "the erotic prints and different information ought to not fall into the arms of unqualified readers". It used to be to be the author's first paintings at the topic, previous his groundbreaking "Sexual existence in old China". Unqualified readers have now eventually turn into certified with this professional variation. James Cahill, Wilt Idema and Soeren Edgren offer readers with introductions to its paintings historic, literary, biographical and e-book technical content material.

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Wang’s biographical sketch of Lü is found on p. 172. 10 “Ch’u-pan shuo-ming ,” pp. 5–6, in Hsiu-t’a yeh-shih. 11 Hsü Shuo-fang, “Wang Chi-te Lü T’ien-ch’eng nien-p’u,” aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa in his Wan Ming ch’ü-chia nien-p’u, Che-chiang chüan ±fl©˙¶±Æa¶~√–Æ˝¶® in Hsü xxxvi  . 12 Lü T’ien-ch’eng was a scion of one of the most prestigious families in Yü-yao district in Eastern Chekiang (the family also maintained a mansion in the prefectural capital Shao-hsing). His great-grandfather Lü Pen (1504–1586) had a very successful official career and in 1549 even joined the Grand Secretariat as a supporter of the powerful prime minister Yen Sung (1480–1565).

397–78. The contacts between Shen Ching and Lü T’ien-ch’eng dated back to at least 1596, see Hsü Shuo-fang, “Wang Chite Lü T’ien-ch’eng nien-p’u,” pp. 264–65. Shen Ching had asked Lü in writing not to print I-hsia-chi as “This does not concern the affairs of an age of peace,” but Lü published the play nevertheless as it had already been printed by someone else and actors loved to perform it. (Wu Shu-yin, Ch’ü-p’in chiao-chu, p. 207–08) Another play by Shen Ching that was printed and published by Lü was Ho-shan (The Joined Shirt).

Xlviii  .  regular fare. Lü may have developed into a devoted disciple of Shen Ching in concerns of dramatic prosody, but in matters of content he equally shows the influence of the “wildness” of T’ang Hsien-tsu. Shen Ching limited himself to a few words of general praise for all of Lü T’ien-ch’eng’s shorter plays, but fortunately Ch’i Piao-chia’s comments occasionally allow us to catch a glimpse of the titillating subject matter of of some of Lü’s tsa-chü. His Hsiu-ts’ai sung ch’ieh (How A Student Delivered a Concubine), a southern tsachü in eight acts, elicited the following comments from Ch’i: According to Cho-keng-lu, a student from Yangchow once procured a concubine for a Secretary in one of the ministries, and he delivered her from Yangchow to Peking.

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