Treatises of the Supervisor and Guardian of the Cinnamon Sea
The Natural World and Material Culture of Twelfth-Century China
Fan Chengda. Translated by James M. Hargett
- Published: February 2011
- Subject Listing: Asian History, Natural History
- Bibliographic information: 368 pp., 13 illus., 2 maps, notes, bibliog., glossary-index, 6 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: World
- Series: A China Program Book
Fan Chengda (1126-1193) was a high-ranking Chinese government official in Guangxi, an experienced traveler, a keen observer, and a gifted writer. His observations on a wide range of subjects are always interesting and revealing, and constitute an important contribution to the literature on Song dynasty China’s frontier peoples. Originally written in direct, unadorned, and allusion-free classical Chinese prose, the complete and annotated English translation of Treatises of the Supervisor and Guardian of the Cinnamon Sea (Guihai yuheng zhi) captures its charm and significance.
James M. Hargett is professor of Chinese at the State University of New York, Albany and author of Stairway to Heaven: A Journey to the Summit of Mount Emei.
“A sinological tour de force.” - Paul Jakov Smith, Haverford College
“Hargett’s excellent translation captures the charm of Fan’s prose and provides a wealth of information about non-Chinese peoples and products of the southwest.” - Valerie Hansen, Yale University
2. Metals and Stones
8. Insects and Fishes
11. Herbaceous Plants and Trees
12. Miscellaneous Items
13. The Man Peoples
Original Chinese Text
Abbreviations Used in the Notes and Bibliography
Appendix: Important Collections
Reprinting the Text of Treatise
"A major milestone in the field of sinology as well as in Hargett's prolific career. . . . We are indebted to Hargett for his precise, readable, and thoroughly researched translation of the Treatises." -Benjamin B. Ridgway, China Review International, Vol. 17:4, 2010
"The translation is carefully annotated and the extensive notes with many explanations use modern scientific terminology to provide the reader with an excellent insight into the themes and topics described . . . a very useful reference work for everybody who works on related topics . . . suitable for teaching classes . . . should not be missing in any sinological library of pre-modern Chinese history." -Angela Schottenhammer, Monumenta Serica 59 (2011)