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Book/Printed Material Hong shi ji yan fang : wu juan 洪氏集驗方 : 五卷

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  • Hong shi ji yan fang : wu juan

Other Title

  • 洪氏集驗方 : 五卷

Translated Title

  • Hong's Collection of Effective Prescriptions, in Five Juan


  • The imperial court of the Song dynasty placed great importance on medicine. Even scholar-officials were engaged in compiling medical books. Hong Zun (1120-74), in his spare time after his working hours, sought and collected medical prescriptions and compiled this work, entitled Hong shi ji yan fang (Hong's collection of effective prescriptions). It contains 167 prescriptions, which were collected from his many years of research and which proved to be practical and effective. The work was engraved in the sixth year of the Qiandao reign (1170) and was printed on document paper dated 1180-81. The practice of printing texts on document paper, originally intended for official documents, was a unique feature in the history of Chinese printing. This printed book using official document paper probably is the earliest extant example; it is thus of great historical value, even though it was not widely circulated.


  • Hong, Zun, 1120-1174 Compiler

Created / Published

  • Dangtu : Junzhai Gushu, 1181.


  • -  China--Anhui Province--Dangtu
  • -  1170 to 1181
  • -  Medicine, Chinese
  • -  Prescriptions


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 2 volumes, 5 juan ; 23.3 x 16.7 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of China.
  • -  Content in Chinese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
  • -  Title revised per Asian Division.--cc28 2023-01-06


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Chinese Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Prints

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021666428

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  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Hong, Zun, Compiler. Hong Shi Ji Yan Fang: Wu Juan. Dangtu: Junzhai Gushu, 1181. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Hong, Z. (1181) Hong Shi Ji Yan Fang: Wu Juan. Dangtu: Junzhai Gushu. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Hong, Zun, Compiler. Hong Shi Ji Yan Fang: Wu Juan. Dangtu: Junzhai Gushu, 1181. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.