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Six years later in Yung-feng-hsien, Kiangsi province, the magistrate Wang Chen proceeded as before in Ching-te-hsien and increased his reputation by his educational activities. Obviously he reached his goals very fast as manifested in the agricultural output of the area, so he retired to his studio in the mountains and led a quiet life. People willingly obeyed his orders; he was regarded as 'father and mother of the people', a perfect official, an ideal Confucian. In the opinion of Wang Chen, this was the way that the customs of people could be changed and improved; he gave an answer to the question within the framework of Confucian thought.

286. 10 3 1 - TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY at the sericultural 'classics'. Apart from the Nung Sang Chi Too (Compilation on Agriculture and Sericulture) commissioned by the imperial government, the works of a number of scholars have survived, such as the Chhi Min Too Shu (Important Arts for the People's Welfare) of c. + 5 3 3 to 544 by Chia Ssu-Hsieh, the short but technologically important Tshan Shu (Treatise on Sericulture) of c. +1090 by Chhin Kuan, a the Nung Shu (Book on Agriculture) of +1149 by Chhen Fu, the Nung Shu (Book on Agriculture) of + 1313 by Wang Chen, the Thien Kung Khai Wu (The Exploitation of the Works of Nature) of +1637 by Sung Ying-Hsing, the Nung Cheng Chhüan Shu (Complete Treatise on Agriculture) of + 1639 by Hsü Kuang-Chhi and a few others.

This edition was based on the Tung Lo Ta Tien manuscript, ch. 625-37 which is no longer extant. 12 3 1 - TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY have consulted the edition of + 1530 in 36 ckiian and the edition of + 1774 in 22 chiian. To refer to two editions is justified by the different quality of the illustrations in them. a T h e Nung Shu consists of three sections with the headings Nung Sang Thung Chiieh1 (Comprehensive Secrets of Agriculture and Sericulture), Ku-Phu2 (Treatise on Cereals) and Nung Chhi Thu Phu3 (Illustrated Treatise on Agricultural Implements) .

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