Cantong qi: The Seal of the Unity of the Three

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The Seal of the Unity of the Three

Vol. 2 — Bibliographic Studies on the Cantong qi: Commentaries, Essays, and Related Works

Fabrizio Pregadio


278 pp.
Golden Elixir Press, 2012
ISBN 978-0-9843082-9-3

Paperback, US$ 26.95 ● € 25.00 ● GB£ 20.00 ● JP¥ 5000 (list prices)

This book is a companion to A Study and Translation of the Cantong qi, the Source of the Taoist Way of the Golden Elixir.

The Cantong qi, or Seal of the Unity of the Three, is the main text of Taoist Internal Alchemy (Neidan). In addition to Taoist masters and adepts, it has also attracted the attention of philosophers, cosmologists, poets, literati, calligraphers, philologists, and bibliophiles. Thirty-eight commentaries written between the 8th century and the end of the 19th century, and dozens of related texts are found in the Taoist Canon and elsewhere. The present book is the most complete guide to this vast literature available in any language.

The book is divided into two main parts. Part 1 contains a catalogue of extant and lost commentaries, essays, and other texts related related to the Cantong qi, listing altogether about 150 works with systematic details on their authors, dates, editions, and reprints. Part 2 contains a survey of the textual tradition of the Cantong qi, focused on the composition and contents of about 40 major texts. A final index of authors, editors, titles, and editions facilitates the use of the book.

Preface, vii

     Main Works on the Cantong qi: A Short Survey, 1

     Introduction, 15
     1. Commentaries, 21
     2. Essays and Related Works, 77
     3. Lost Works, 91
     4. Works Attributed to Wei Boyang, 103

     Introduction, 109
     1. Tang Dynasty and Five Dynasties, 111
     2. Song and Yuan Dynasties, 131
     3. Ming and Qing Dynasties, 159
     4. The Ancient Text and Its Commentaries, 185

     1. The Three Books of the Cantong qi, 201
     2. Main Indicators of Textual Filiation, 211
     3. Chinese Text, 217

Index of Names, Titles, and Editions, 233
Works Quoted, 251

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