London : British Library ; Tenri-shi, Japan : Tenri Central Library, 1993.
Book — xlv, 753 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
The catalogue and how to use it-- glossary of bibliographical and literary terms (Japanese and English) used in the catalogue-- periods of Japanese history. The catalogue: Chinese works-- Buddhist works-- Japanese works. Indexes and appendices: index of Japanese titles-- index of Chinese and Sanskrit titles-- index of Japanese names-- index of Chinese, Indian and European names. Appendices: lists of libraries quoted in the catalogue-- list of books in the catalogue belonging to named editions.
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This catalogue contains detailed descriptions of 635 books printed and published in Japan from the origins of printing in the eighth century up to the year 1700. It comprises The British Library's entire collection of Japanese antiquarian books, built up over the last 250 years and reckoned to be the most extensive outside Japan. Most of the books desscribed were printed from engraved wood blocks, but 72 are early moveable-type editions printed from wooden or bronze type between circa 1590 and 1640. Catalogue entries are arranged within three broad subject categories: Japanese editions of Chinese classical works (89 entries); Buddhist literature by both Chinese and Japanese authors (127 entries); and native Japanese works printed for Japanese readers in their own language (419 entries). With indexes, supporting reference material, a comprehensive bibliography and over 300 illustrations in coulour and black-and-white, this "Descriptive Catalogue" contributes to the study of early printing in Japan and should be a useful resource for anyone working in the field of Japanese bibliography, history or culture before 1700. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Book — xx, 520 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Foreword-- Introduction-- Guide to the contents of the catalogue-- Table of era names-- The catalogue-- Appendix-- Plates-- Title index-- Concordance.
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This is a complete catalogue, in Japanese with a parallel Japanese/English introduction, of early books acquired by the diplomats W. G. Aston, Ernest Satow, and Heinrich von Siebold in Japan, mostly in the 1860s and 1870s. Of the 2,500 items, some are manuscripts and some movable-type books from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; the bulk, however, are wood-block printed books of the Edo period (1600-1868). Many items are rare or unique and are being described in print for the first time. The editors' introduction outlines the history of the collection, identifying some of the more important items and explaining the bibliographical principles on which the catalogue has been compiled. The entries that follow give title, author/editor/illustrator, date of publication and/or printing, all participating publishers, and the seals of previous owners. (source: Nielsen Book Data)