Johannes L. Kurz
The Imperial Library of the Northern Song
A Complete Translation of the Lintai gushi (canben) 麟台故事 (殘本) by Cheng Ju 程俱 (1078-1144)
The present text is a translation of the Lintai gushi by Cheng Ju, a book that deals with the imperial book collections under the Northern Song. The library collections of the early Northern Song were created from scratch, only to be partially destroyed again in the disastrous fire of 1015 and during the shift of the capital from Kaifeng to Hangzhou. Cheng Ju’s Lintai gushi is the oldest surviving source of information on the Northern Song (960‒1126) imperial libraries. The Lintai gushi bears witness to the various activities undertaken to rebuild comprehensive book collections and thus to fill the gap in the history of imperial Song libraries.
Johannes L. Kurz studied at the University of Heidelberg and completed his PhD in Classical Chinese Studies supervised by Prof. Dr. Rudolf G. Wagner and Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose on the topic of “Die ‘Clique’ in der Song-Geschichtsschreibung über die Südliche Tang” (The Faction in Song Historical Writings on the Southern Tang) in 1993 and Habilitation at the University of Kiel with “Das Kompilationsprojekt Song Taizongs (reg. 976–997)” in 2002. His main research interests comprise pre-modern Chinese historiography, the history of the South China Sea, and Chinese sources in the national histories of Southeast Asian states. Since 1998 he is working in the History Department of Universiti Brunei Darussalam in Brunei.