CHINESE LOCAL GAZETTEER COLLECTION AT THE ASIAN LIBRARY

Chinese Traditional Local Gazetteers Collection

Chinese local gazetteers (Fangzhi方志) contain a wealth of information about Chinese localities, including their geography, place names, administration, economy, culture, dialects, officials and local elites, and their publications. They are mostly compiled by members of the local elite and produced under the sponsorship of local officials. Much of the information in local gazetteers is hard to find in other sources.

There are two types of Chinese local gazetteers. Those published before 1949 are called traditional gazetteers (Jiuzhi舊志), while those published after 1949 are called new gazetteers (Xinzhi 新志). Both traditional and new gazetteers are subdivided by administrative level (national, provincial, prefectural, or county) or by subject matters, such as those on a particular family, mountain, river, lake, temple, or industry.

A typical traditional local gazetteer consists of information on topographical features, ancient monuments, official buildings and city walls, water conservancy, officials, examinations, population and households, land and taxes, markets and towns, local products, local customs, biographies, literature works by local people, and miscellaneous matters.

Each of the following gazetteers represents one of the gazetteer categories. They are on display at the Asian Library Reading Area.

增訂廣輿記,清道光四年(1824)刻本<br />
Expanded Edition of Records of the Vast Earth<br />
Qing dynasty, Daoguang 4 (1824)

增訂廣輿記,清道光四年(1824)刻本

Expanded Edition of Records of the Vast Earth

Qing dynasty, Daoguang 4 (1824)

Woodblock-printed book, ink on paper, 9.8x 6.3 in. (25× 16 cm)

12 volumes in case

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敕修浙江通志,清乾隆元年(1736)刻本<br />
Imperially commissioned Provincial Gazetteer of Zhejiang<br />
Qing dynasty, Qianlong 1 (1736)<br />

敕修浙江通志,清乾隆元年(1736)刻本

Imperially commissioned Provincial Gazetteer of Zhejiang

Qing dynasty, Qianlong 1 (1736)

Woodblock-printed book, ink on paper, 10x 6.4 in. (24.5× 16.4 cm)

120 volumes in 18 cases, DS793 C3 Z85 

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西湖志,清光绪四年(1878)刻本<br />
West Lake Gazetteer<br />
Qing dynasty, Guangxu 4(1878)<br />

西湖志,清光绪四年(1878)刻本

West Lake Gazetteer

Qing dynasty, Guangxu 4(1878)

Woodblock-printed book, ink on paper, 11.3x 6.6 in. (28.8× 16.7 cm)

20 volumes in 2 cases, DS797.88 W475 W48

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武夷志略,明萬曆四十七年(1619)晉江陳衙刻本<br />
Wuyi Mountain Gazetteer<br />
Ming dynasty, Wanli 47 (1619)

武夷志略,明萬曆四十七年(1619)晉江陳衙刻本

Wuyi Mountain Gazetteer

Ming dynasty, Wanli 47 (1619)

Written by Xu Biaoran, edited by Chen Minghua

Woodblock-printed book, ink on paper, 10x 6.4 in. (25.5× 16.2 cm)

4 volumes in case, DS797.26 W895 W89

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(Unlike illustrations in other mountain gazetteers, which mostly depict natural scenery, this edition of the Wuyi Mountain Gazetteer features 57 illustrations of people, the largest number of illustrations of people in any local gazetteers.)

河東鹽法備覽,清乾隆五十五年(1790)刻本<br />
A Complete Account of the Salt Laws of Hedong<br />
Qing dynasty , Qianlong 55 (1790)

河東鹽法備覽,清乾隆五十五年(1790)刻本

A Complete Account of the Salt Laws of Hedong

Qing dynasty , Qianlong 55 (1790)

Woodblock-printed book, ink on paper, 11x 6.7 in. (28× 17 cm)

8 volumes in case, HN9213.C42 H6

Special Collections & Libraries, The Claremont Colleges Library

CHINESE LOCAL GAZETTEER COLLECTION AT THE ASIAN LIBRARY