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Yangchuntang Qinpu
Qin Handbook of Sunny Spring Hall
 
陽春堂琴譜
1611 
"The ancient way of carrying a qin"1                          
Preface
by Zha Fuxi2
from Qinqu Jicheng, Vol. 7
Beijing, Zhonghua Shuju Chuban Faxing, 1981

In the collection of the Beijing Library. Printed in the Wanli period of the Ming dynasty, compiled by Zhang Daming of the Ming dynasty. The whole book is divided into two parts: original and continuation. The first folio of the original part has Zhang Daming's own preface (year and month not indicated), after this there is a table of contents. The first folio has Things One Must Know to Study Qin, the second to fourth folios are qin melodies, including 42 melodies in all. The continuation is called Qinpu Qimeng. The first folio has Zhang Daming's Introduction to the Continuation of the Printed Handbook Qinpu Qimeng; after this the Table of Contents for the (Yangchun Tang Qinpu) Continuation, then 10 qin songs. At the end is 刪選捷要字母 (an explanation of finger techniques), an afterword by Wang Yu of Fujian, then an afterword dated 1611 by Yang Rongguang (last page is missing).

This handbook, as with Qin Jing, was later 劖改 truncated and renamed Taigu Zhengyin Qinpu by 沈國裕 Shen Guoyu.... ....(translation incomplete)

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. The ancients' way of carrying a qin (古人抱琴式)
Image from Yangchuntang Qinpu, QQJC VII/352. The text in the box, upper right, begins as follows (compare the modern way),

古人以面為陽向外、以背為隱向內(after this unclear)....
The ancients considered the top of the qin to be yang and faced it outwards; they considered the back to be yin and faced in inwards.

See also other images from this handbook.
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2. Zha Fuxi apparently wrote the original commentary, later edited by 吳鉊 Wu Zhao
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