Treatises of the Supervisor and Guardian of the Cinnamon Sea
The Natural World and Material Culture of Twelfth-Century China
Translated by James M. Hargett
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.
- Published: 2011
- Subject Listing: Asian History, Natural History
- Bibliographic information: 368 pp., 13 illus., 6 x 9 in.
- Series: China Program Books
James M. Hargett is professor of Chinese at the State University of New York, Albany. He is the author of Stairway to Heaven: A Journey to the Summit of Mount Emei and translator of Riding the River Home: A Complete and Annotated Translation of Fan Chengda's (1126-1193) Boat Trip to Wu (Wuchuan lu).
"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