[JUJING, Guō]. The Twenty Four Cases of Filial Piety. [China]: [n.p]., [c.1920].
8vo., solid wooden boards with carved Chinese symbol painted in green to upper board; upper and lower edge black; [xxvi] concertina pages; text printed in Chinese and English on handmade paper, recto only; facing pages with watercolour illustrations painted on silk; some small marks to boards, paste-downs rippled from water damage, previous inscription in Chinese to rear paste down, some folds with marginal splitting; still a remarkably fresh and charming example.
The 24 Filial Exemplars were originally written by Guo Jujing during the Yuan dynasty (1260–1368), although many of the stories had previously been found in other texts, such as the Xiaozi Zhuan and the Buddhist Bianwen. The concept of filial piety plays a strong role in Chinese culture, and many of the themes in these moral tales are decidedly Confucian, though the text is by no means part of the Confucian canon. It is said that Jujing was widely known for his filial piety, and took the occasion of the death of his father, and his compulsory retirement from public life for a period of mourning, to publish this collection.
The text has since been translated numerous times, with the present example likely made for the tourist market.