Originally published in 1935, this work on local gazetteers (local histories) and their compilation by Li Taifen, contains 14 chapters: 1. General Introduction; 2. Critical comments on  old gazetteers; 3. The Scope of Gazetteers according to Zhang Xuecheng [1738–1801, a Qing Dynasty historian, writer and thinker]; 4. Criticisms of Zhang's Rules for Editing Gazetteers; 5. Supplementary Knowledge in Editing Gazetteers; 6. Additional Information to be Added to the Contents of a Gazetteer; 7. Determining Topics and their Order; 8. Preliminary Questions in Editing a Gazetteer; 9. The Data for a Gazetteer; 10. The Methods of Selecting Data; 11. Methods of Authenticating Historical Data; 12. Methods of Authenticating Other Data; 13. Methods of Arranging Historical Data; 14. Methods of Arranging Other Data.
A copy of the 1968 (Minguo 57) edition (1 ban) by Taiwan Shangwu Yinshuguan of this book is held in the Governor Gary Locke Library, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, Washington State, USA.
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