Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Publisher's Note

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p. v

Contents

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Traditional Chronology

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p. viii

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xvii

In Nanking during the last quarter of the XVII century, three painters, who were also brothers, prepared the illustrations and text of a work that subsequently became the most widely used handbook of painting in China, the Chieh TzU Yiian Hua Chuan or Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting...

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Preface to the Shanghai (1887-88) Edition

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pp. 3-8

The Chieh Tzu Yiian Hua Chuan was compiled by old Master Wang An-chieh, of Hsiushui. Li Li-weng, of Hu-shang, wrote a preface to it and had it published. It took three years to prepare the book for publication. The draftsmanship and block engraving in it were excellent. The work has become...

Part I

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Preface to the First (1679) Edition

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pp. 11-14

People nowadays enjoy looking at landscape paintings as much as at the scenery itself. Panels of screens offer countless vistas, and scrolls and albums spread before us a variety of scenes—distant hills and plains, blue-green mountain peaks, and murmuring brooks. At one moment a landscape may appear...

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The Fundamentals of Painting

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pp. 15-50

Lu Ch'ai says:
j Among those who study painting, some strive for an elaborate effect and others prefer the simple. Neither complexity in itself nor simplicity is enough.
Some aim to be deft, others to be laboriously careful. Neither dexterity nor conscientiousness...

Book of Trees

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pp. 51-126

Book of Rocks

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pp. 127-218

Book of Jen-wu

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pp. 219-314

Part II

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Preface to Parts II and IIIof the First Complete Edition (1701)

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pp. 317-320

Many years ago, I compiled the first part of this Manual of painting for publication by the owner of the Chieh Tzu Yuan (Mustard Seed Garden). Mr. Shen Yin-po, the publisher, showed the work to his father-in-law, Mr. Li Li-weng, and asked his opinion of it. (Li-)weng at that time was convalescing...

Book of the Orchid

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pp. 321-358

Book of the Bamboo

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pp. 359-396

Book of the Plum

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pp. 397-432

Book of the Chrysanthemum

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pp. 433-462

Part III

Book of Grasses, Insects, and Flowering Plants

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pp. 465-522

Book of Feathers-and-Furand Flowering Plants

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pp. 523-578

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Concluding Notes on the Preparation of Colors

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pp. 579-588

Methods of preparing colors have already been discussed in Part I, on landscape.1 It may therefore be puzzling why these additional notes on colors are offered here, at the end of (Part III,) Grasses and Insects and Birds and Flowers. The preceding pages have given information about the history...

Summary of the Chieh Tzŭ Yüan Hua Chuan

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pp. 589-608

Appendix: Analysis of Basic Terms

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pp. 609-622

Index of Master Painters

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pp. 623-624