Anyu案语/按语, found in ancient Chinese bibliographies, is an author’s note that adds extra information to the prefaces of different classificatory sections, and may record annotations concerning individual books. Siku quanshu zongmu四库全书总目, which contains 127 occurrences of anyu案语, may be regarded as typical. While anyu案语 are valuable and beneficial to the bibliographical study of ancient Chinese books and to Chinese literary history, study of them has long been neglected and only a few articles have been written. This paper tries to redress this neglect by providing a more comprehensive investigation of the distribution, content and contribution to the bibliographical study of ancient Chinese books and Chinese scholarly history by the anyu案语 contained in the Siku quanshu zongmu.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Anyu of Siku quanshu zongmu,"
Journal of East Asian Libraries: Vol. 2014:
159, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jeal/vol2014/iss159/5