The Book in Japan: A Cultural History from the Beginnings to the Nineteenth Century

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BRILL, 1998 - Social Science - 498 pages
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This study deals with all aspects of the history of the book in Japan, from the production of manuscripts and printed books to book-collecting, libraries, censorship and readership. It also sets books in the context of Japan's cultural ties with China, Korea and Parhae. The focus is on the history of both texts and physical books. This encompasses not only books in Japanese but also books in Chinese by Chinese and Korean authors, and some Western books as well. It is an essential reference tool and bibliographic guide for all those interested in book studies, and particularly of importance for historians of Japanese culture. It is illustrated with examples taken from various collections of early Japanese books in Europe.
  

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Contents

THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK AND JAPAN
8
BOOKS AS MATERIAL OBJECTS
39
MANUSCRIPT CULTURE
78
PRINTED BOOKS
112
THE BOOK TRADE IN THE TOKUGAWA PERIOD
169
AUTHORS AND READERS
223
TRANSMISSION
277
CENSORSHIP
320
LIBRARIES AND COLLECTORS
363
CATALOGUES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
413
Afterword
446
Bibliography
461
Index
478
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About the author (1998)

Peter Francis Kornicki, Ph.D. (1979), University of Oxford, is Reader in Japanese History and Bibliography at the University of Cambridge. He has published "Early Japanese Books in Cambridge University Library" (1991) and co-edited the "Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan" (1993).

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