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A late Edo example of a Heart Sutra for illiterate people

An unidentified pictorial sutra

[Title illegible]

[Zenpachi (original illustrations by)].

[Ōsaka?: Hiyoshi Nobuhisa?, ca. mid to late Edo period (19th century?)].

 

Eshingyō, also known as mekurashinkyō, mekurakyō, and hannya eshingyō, are woodblock-printed copies of the Heart Sutra (Hannya Shingyō) produced for illiterate people. The illustrations provide vocal cues to the ...

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The Heart Sutra in logograms, for illiterate people

An untitled Edo period eshingyō

[An untitled Edo period eshingyō]

[Zenpachi (original illustrations by)].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. mid Edo period (18th century?)].

 

Eshingyō, also known as mekurashinkyō, mekurakyō, and hannya eshingyō, are woodblock-printed copies of the Heart Sutra (Hannya Shingyō) produced for illiterate people. The illustrations provide vocal cues to the  ...

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A deluxe Ise calendar for 1856

Ansei San Heishin-reki (Calendar for Ansei Three)

Ansei San Heishin-reki ["Calendar for Ansei Three"]

[Creator unidentified].

Yamada, Watarai-gun, Ise: Yamaguchi Ubē, Ansei 2 [1855]. 

 

An Isegoyomi calendar for Ansei 3 (1856) produced in deluxe navy wrappers decorated in a gold pigment with auspicious symbols including cranes and turtles. Isegoyomi calendars were produced in and around Ise Shrine by ...

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A set of colourful synopses for kyōgen plays

Ataru Taishō roku-nen shichi-gatsu kyōgen sujigaki (Sellout July 1917 Kyōgen: play scenario) (with) Taishō roku-nen ku-gatsu kyōgen sujigaki (September 1917 Kyōgen: play scenario)

Ataru Taishō Roku-nen Shichi-gatsu Kyōgen Sujigaki ["Sellout July 1917 Kyōgen: Play Scenario"] [with] Taishō Roku-nen Ku-gatsu Kyōgen Sujigaki ["September 1917 Kyōgen: Play Scenario"]

Kawatake, Mokuami [text by].

Kyōbashi, [Tōkyō]: Kamijō Minoji, Taishō 6 [1917].

 

Two sujigaki scenario-books for kyōgen kabuki performances staged in 1917 by the Ichimura-za t ...

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Three Kyōsai-Ōga zasshi on the story of a quack doctor

Baka no Daimyōyaku (The Idiot's Great Wonder Drug)

Baka no Daimyōyaku ["The Idiot's Great Wonder Drug"]

Hattori [Mantei], Ōga [text by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

[Tōkyō]: Shōsetsusha Shorin, Yamazaki Seishichi ... [et al.], [Meiji 7 (1874)] - Meiji 12 [1879].

 

A complete set of three Kyōsai-Ōga zasshi on the story of a quack doctor who invents a wonder drug that makes idiots s ...

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A satire on Westernisation, illustrated by Kyōsai

Bunmei Kaika Tōke Hyakunin Isshu (The Advance of Civilisation: Child's Play, One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets)

Bunmei Kaika Tōke Hyakunin Isshu ["The Advance of Civilisation: Child's Play, One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets"]

Fusō, Kan [selections by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

Shinsaibashi, [Ōsaka]: Itamiya Zenbē ... [and 12 others], [Meiji 6 (1873)]. 

 

A comical anthology of one hundred poems and illustrations on the social and ...

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Designs by Seki Bunsen

Bunsen gafu (Bunsen's painting manual)

Bunsen gafu ["Bunsen's painting manual"]

Seki, Bunsen [illustrated by].

[Ōsaka]: Kawachiya Kihē, Ansei 2 [1855]. 

 

The nihen (second selection) of Seki Bunsen's painting manual, featuring illustrations of landscapes, people, mythological figures, birds and flowers. This copy has been woodblock-printed in more subdued tones than other Meiji ...

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Three Kyōsai-Ōga zasshi on Westernisation

Chie no Hakari (The Scales of Wisdom)

Chie no Hakari ["The Scales of Wisdom"]

Mantei, Ōga [text by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

Tōkyō: Kobayashi [Tsuruya] Kiemon ... [et al.], Meiji 7 [1874].

 

A set of three Kyōsai-Ōga zasshi issues, complete, on the perceived superiority of (Western) academic knowledge and the true superiority of the wisdom earned in labour-based work. ...

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On the Dragon King and his insect subjects, illustrated by Kyōsai

Chūrui Daigiron (The Insects' Great Debate)

Chūrui Daigiron ["The Insects' Great Debate"]

Hattori [Mantei], Ōga [text by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrations by]. 

[Tōkyō]: Shōsetsusha Shorin, Yamazakiya Seishichi ... [et al.], Meiji 7 [1874]. 

 

In this Kyōsai-Ōga zasshi, the Dragon King issues a wooden placard ordering the insects of his domain to rank their own value, stating t ...

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Secret transmissions on haikai poetry from Matsuo Bashō

Dai-hiden Hakusajin-shū (Collection of People of the White Sand: Extremely Secret Transmissions)

Dai-hiden Hakusajin-shū ["Collection of People of the White Sand: Extremely Secret Transmissions"]; Hisho Yōketsu ["Key Points of Secret Volumes"]; Haikai Shinshinshiki ["New Forms of Haikai"]

[Matsuo, Bashō (attributed to)]; Morikawa, Kyoriku [original text by]; [Yūsetsuan, Kōmyō (hand-copied by)?].


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One of the earliest books promoting women's rights published in Japan - Mill's 'Subjection of Women'

Danjo Dōkenron (On Equal Rights for Men and Women)

Danjo Dōkenron ["On Equal Rights for Men and Women"]

Miru [Mill, John Stuart] [original text by]; Fukamauchi, Motoi [translated by].

Tōkyō: Yamanaka Ichibē, Meiji 11 [1878].

 

The first Japanese translation of John Stuart Mill's The Subjection of Women (first published in London in 1869), containing the first two chapters of Mill's acclaimed text. ...

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One of the scarcest Kyōsai-Ōga creations

Danjo Shussan Takara no Yamairi (Male and Female Birth: Entering the Treasure Trove)

Danjo Shussan Takara no Yamairi ["Male and Female Birth: Entering the Treasure Trove"]

Mantei, Ōga [text by]; Ōju Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

[Tōkyō]: Kodama Yakichi, Meiji 14 [1881]. 

 

Possibly one of the scarcest Kyōsai-Ōga creations, this allegorical map was doubtlessly inspired by the creators' collaboration on a single-sh ...

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On gender equality, illustrated by Kyōsai

Dōjo Hayagakumon (Fast Learning for Young Girls)

Dōjo Hayagakumon ["Fast Learning for Young Girls"]

Hattori [Mantei], Ōga [text by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

[Tōkyō]: Shōsetsusha Shorin, Yamazaki Seishichi, Ryōkodō ... [et al.], Meiji 8 [1875]. 

 

The first issue (of two) of one of Ōga's works recording the author's conservative rebuttal to the image of gender equality ...

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Moral teachings and 'heart' motifs

Dōka kokoro no sugatami (Moral poems: mirror of the soul)

Dōka kokoro no sugatami ["Moral poems: mirror of the soul"]

Kasetsu Dōnin [Sangoen], Tsukimaro [text by]; Hori, Genpo [illustrated by].

[Kyōto]: Ryūshiken, Kōbuntei, Kōshōkan, [preface dated Kaei 2 (1849)].

 

A collection of dōka (didactic poems presenting lessons on life through a Buddhist lens) presented by Sangoen Tsukimaro (Hori Genpo), released ab ...

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Didactic poems featuring hidden characters

Dōka kokoro no utsushi-e (Moral poems: reflections of the soul)

Dōka kokoro no utsushi-e ["Moral poems: reflections of the soul"]

[Sangoen, Tsukimaro (text by); Hori, Genpo (illustrated by)].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, preface dated Bunsei 10 (1827)]. 

 

A collection of dōka (didactic poems presenting lessons on life through a Buddhist lens) and illustrations mainly based on the Japanese and Chinese character f ...

US$250.00
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A children's picture book set in an underwater world

Ehon tatsu no miyako (Picture book of the dragon`s capital)

[Ehon tatsu no miyako ("Picture book of the dragon's capital")]

[Saitō, Senzan (illustrated by)].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. Meiwa period to An'ei period (1760-70s)?].

 

An early children's book on the Japanese version of the "Heart of the Monkey" legend, set in the underwater world of Princess Oto of the Dragon Palace. It seems that thi ...

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An English Translation of Two of the Chinese Four Books

Eiwa Shisho: Bessatsu Daigaku, Chūyō, Eibun, Zen

英和四書:別冊 大學・中庸 英文 全 [Eiwa Shisho: Bessatsu Daigaku, Chūyō, Eibun, Zen, “Four Books of the Chinese Classics Translated into English”]

[Confucius; Zisi (original texts by)]; Legge, James [translated by]; Imamura, N[agayoshi] [revised and translated into Japanese by].

Tōkyō: Z.P. Maruya & Co., Meiji 18 [1885]. "New edition".

 

Jame ...

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A miniature book for English learners

Eiwa Tsūshin (English-Japanese Transmissions)

Eiwa Tsūshin ["English-Japanese Transmissions"]

[Creator unidentified].

Asakusa, [Tōkyō]: Seyama Sakichi, Meiji 20 [1888].

 

A small copperplate-printed book of English words with diagrams, meanings, and pronunciations in Japanese. Because of the lack of visibility of the page numbers, it is difficult to determine if the work is complete. The first page, ...

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Title unidentified

Famous Songs Remixed, Featuring Ahodarakyō

[Title unidentified]

[Author/s unidentified].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. late Edo period (1840-60s?)].

 

A collection of short stories, probably humorous, presented as vocal recitations. The index lists eight of the ten songs or recitations included in the volume as kae-uta, lyrics to be sung to the melody of a well-known song instead of the song ...

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An illustrated edition of Kyōden's Four Books parody

Gesaku shisho Kyōden yoshi [Professor Santō's frivolous four books]

Gesaku shisho Kyōden yoshi ["Professor Santō's frivolous four books"]

Santō, Kyōden [text by]].

Kyōbashi, [Tōkyō]: Suzuki Kinjirō, Meiji 18 [1885].

 

A Meiji edition of Santō Kyōden's comedic adaptation of the classical Chinese Four Books, illustrated with five full-page and two double-page images. The text is a parody by Santō Kyōden of Ke ...

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Examples of humorous copywriting

Gibun kihan: haikan hikkei (Examples of humorous writing: an essential manual of folk rumours)

Gibun kihan: haikan hikkei ["Examples of humorous writing: an essential manual of folk rumours"] 

Okamoto, Takejirō [edited by]; Suita, Dōshi [inspected by]; [Tsukioka], Yoshitoshi [illustrated by].

Tōkyō: Katō Shōshichi, Meiji 16 [1883].

 

A collection of around eighty examples of humorous advertisements for restaurants, shops, and various products ...

US$1,200.00
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A short selection of poems, illustrated by Kyōsai

Hamaogishū (Collection of Seashore Reeds)

Hamaogishū ["Collection of Seashore Reeds"]

Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

[Japan: publisher unidentified], Meiji 18 [1885].

 

A short selection of poems accompanied by one woodblock-printed karazuri (blind-embossed) frontispiece signed and stamped in the block by Kyōsai. The collection of poems (probably privately printed by those in the ...

US$350.00
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Shinpan Hauta Yosebon (A Storyteller's Book of Hauta Songs, Newly Published)

Hauta Songs Illustrated by Kunimaro

Shinpan Hauta Yosebon ["A Storyteller's Book of Hauta Songs, Newly Published"]

[Sanyūtei, Enba (text by)?]; Ichiensai [Utagawa], Kunimaro [illustrated by].

[Tōkyō: publisher unidentified, ca. late Edo period (1840s?)].

 

A collection of short poems on love, illustrated by Kunimaro. The hauta poems or songs are presented as quotations from courtesans and ...

US$485.00
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An Early Japanese Cocktail Book

Hobby Cocktails

"趣味のコクテール"

Momose, Susumu [text by].

Tōkyō : Kinseidō , Shōwa 8 [1933]. First edition.

 

One of the earliest Japanese cocktail books, containing information on the history of cocktails, notes on mixing liquors, illustrations of implements used in bartending, and, of course, many cocktail recipes.

 

Original boards, minor wear t ...

US$1,525.00
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A selection of Hanazono-ren kyōka, illustrated by Hokkei and his pupil

Hōgaku kyōka kōkyōshū (The sun collection of donated kyōka)

Hōgaku kyōka kōkyōshū ["The sun collection of donated kyōka"]

Garyōen, Umemaro [selections by]; Go [Totoya], Hokkei, Aoigaoka, Keisei [illustrated by]. 

[Edo (Tōkyō)?]: Shunyūtei, Bunsei 13 [1830]. 

 

A compilation of kyōka by various poets selected (or judged) by Garyōen Umemaro (1793-1859?), illustrated with a frontispiece by Totoya Hokkei ...

US$1,890.00
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One of the earliest Kyōsai-Ōga novels, on the importance of agriculture

Hōnen Gokoku Matsuri: Rikai Shinbun (A Five-Grain Festival for the Abundant Harvest: Understandings of the New Culture)

Hōnen Gokoku Matsuri: Rikai Shinbun ["A Five-Grain Festival for the Abundant Harvest: Understandings of the New Culture"]

Mantei, Ōga [text by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

Tōkyō: Kobayashi Kiemon, Meiji 5 [1872] - [Meiji 6 (1873)]. 

 

One of the earliest Kyōsai-Ōga novels, on the importance of agriculture. Steele (2010) notes that ...

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Kokkei Retsuden ["Biographies of Jesters"]

Humorous Tales from Chinese History

Kokkei Retsuden ["Biographies of Jesters"]

[Sima, Qian (original text by)]; Hamamura, Zōroku II [owned and/or copied by].

[Hyōgo?], Kansei 12 [1800]. Manuscript, on woodblockprinted stationery.

 

A kanbun rendering in manuscript of Guji Liezhuan ("The Biographies of Jesters"), volume 126 of the Shiji ("Records of the Grand Historian") by Sima Qian (c. 145-8 ...

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Japanese translations of Dorothy Wall's classic Australian Blinky Bill series

Itazura Burinkī (Naughty Blinky), Ōkikunatta Burinkī (Blinky Grows Up), Burinkī to Nattsī (Blinky and Nutsy)

Itazura Burinkī ["Naughty Blinky"]; Ōkikunatta Burinkī ["Blinky Grows Up"]; Burinkī to Nattsī ["Blinky and Nutsy"]

Uōru, Doroshī [Wall, Dorothy] [original text and illustrations by]; Ide, Hiroko [translated by].

Tōkyō: Dōshinsha, Shōwa 48-59 [1973-1984]. 

 

A complete set of three highly illustrated books from the Burinkī Biru no Boken ("The Adve ...

US$120.00
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Miyako fūzoku kewaiden (Cosmetic customs of the capital)

Japan's most famous beauty bible

Miyako fūzoku kewaiden ["Cosmetic customs of the capital"]

Sayama, Hanshichimaru [text by]; Hayami, Shungyōsai [illustrated by].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, preface dated Bunka 10 (1813)].

 

A complete set of Japan's most famous beauty manual, featuring tips on makeup, grooming, haircare, hairstyles, skincare, fashion, hygiene, gait, posture, and ot ...

US$1,345.00
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A record of early correspondences between Japan and Russia, the Netherlands, and the US

Kaigai hiyō shūbunshū [Foreign secrets collected and reported]

Kaigai Hiyō Shūbunshū ["Foreign Secrets Collected and Reported"]

Shibukawa, Rokuzō ... [et al.] [original works by]; [Asano, Miyoshi (transcribed by)?].

[Nōshū, Iwate, ca. Kaei 7 (1854)]. Manuscript.

 

A compilation of records of letters and essays regarding attempts by Russia, the Netherlands, and North America to open Japan to trade. The index lists eig ...

US$3,285.00
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Humorous poems illustrated with comical and risqué scenes by Kyōsai

Kaika Shindai Toppyō Shiwa (Outrageous Poems and Stories: New Titles for a Civilised Age)

Kaika Shindai Toppyō Shiwa ["Outrageous Poems and Stories: New Titles for a Civilised Age"]

Ryūsuitei, Tanekiyo [text by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

Tōkyō: Ryūshindō ... [et al.], Meiji 13 [1880]. 

 

A complete set of this collection of humorous poems illustrated with comical and risqué scenes by Kyōsai. The books are d ...

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A Kyōsai-Ōga zasshi on a family's economic struggles

Kanegura Sandaiki (Three Generations of Treasuries)

Kanegura Sandaiki ["Three Generations of Treasuries"]

Hattori [Mantei], Ōga [text by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

Tōkyō: Yamazakiya Seishichi ... [et al.], Meiji 7 [1874].

 

Three Kyōsai-Ōga zasshi bound in one, complete, on a family's economic struggles revolving around their pawnshop Iseya. The title of the moralistic work on t ...

US$2,150.00
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Ōga's response to Fukuzawa Yukichi's Gakumon no Susume

Katsuron Gakumon Suzume (A Vigorous Debate by the Sparrows of Learning)

Katsuron Gakumon Suzume ["A Vigorous Debate by the Sparrows of Learning"]

Hattori [Mantei], Ōga [text by]; Ōju Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

Tōkyō: Murakami Jūzō, Yamazaki Seishichi ... [et al], Meiji 8 [1875]. 

 

The first issue (of three), in two parts, of Ōga's response to Fukuzawa Yukichi's famous work Gakumon no Susume ...

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Examples of Rai San'yō's handwriting

Kingyoku shinseki: San'yō, Shōzan, Tōko (Precious true autographs of San'yō, Shōzan, and Tōko)

Kingyoku shinseki: San'yō, Shōzan, Tōko ["Precious true autographs of San'yō, Shōzan, and Tōko"]

Shikano, Shirō [edited by]; Yamamoto, Yoshitoshi [biographies by].

Tōkyō: Ryōzan Shokakuzō; Shikano Shirō, Meiji 13 [1880].

 

An album of woodblock-printed examples of the handwriting and name seals of the artist and poet Rai San'yō (1780-1 ...

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Three scarce issues produced by Kinga and Yoshitoshi

Kishō Shinbun (Journal of Collected Laughter)

Kishō Shinbun ["Journal of Collected Laughter"]

Hashizume [Baitei], Kinzō [Kinga] [edited by]; Ōju [Tsukioka], Yoshitoshi [illustrated by]. 

[Tōkyō]: Kishōsha, [Meiji 8 (1875)]. 

 

Issues three, four, and seven of this scarce zasshi produced by the novelist Baitei Kinga and artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Issue three is titled Karikashi Mondō ("Questi ...

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Bizarre ideas by Miyatake Gaikotsu

Kisō Tenrai (Inspired and Bizarre Ideas)

Kisō Tenrai ["Inspired and Bizarre Ideas"]

Miyatake, Gaikotsu [edited by]; [Kitagawa], Utamarō, Hishikawa, Moronobu ... [et al.] [illustrated by].

Ōsaka: Miyatake Gaikotsu, Gazoku Bunko, Meiji 43 [1910].

 

An album of highly entertaining, if perplexing, illustrations produced by the oft-incarcerated journalist and author Miyatake Gaikotsu (1867-1955). A n ...

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On the pitfalls of a life of luxury, illustrated by Kyōsai

Kyōjin Bikkuribako (The Prideful Person's Box of Inevitable Fear)

Kyōjin Bikkuribako ["The Prideful Person's Box of Inevitable Fear"]

Hattori [Mantei], Ōga [text by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

Tōkyō: Shōsetsusha Shorin, Yamazakiya Seishichi ... [et al.], Meiji 7 [1874]. 

 

The first fascicle of a three-issue series produced by Ōga and Kyōsai. The two other issues in the series, Bikkuri Ch ...

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On the loss of sight, by an American missionary

Light in darkness

Light in darkness = Anchū no kōmyō

Loomis, Henry, Yoshimasu, Takasaburō [text by].

Yokohama: Beikoku Seisho Kaisha, Meiji 39 [1906].

 

A pamphlet recounting the story of Yoshimasu Takasaburō's conversion to Christianity, by Henry Loomis (1839-1920), a Presbyterian missionary from the US working in Japan. The short work shows through correspondences how ...

US$90.00
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Two Kyōsai-Ōga zasshi bound in one

Magobē Kakkeiron (Magobē the Manager); Kyōjin Bikkuribako (The Prideful Person's Box of Inevitable Fear)

Magobē Kakkeiron ["Magobē the Manager"]; Kyōjin Bikkuribako ["The Prideful Person's Box of Inevitable Fear"]

Hattori [Mantei], Ōga [text by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by].

Tōkyō: Yamazaki Seishichi ... [et al.], Meiji 7-8 [1874-1875].

 

Two Kyōsai-Ōga zasshi bound together by an ex-owner. The first issue in the volume, Magobē Kakkeiron, ...

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Illustrated by Sadahide

Makuragoto yume no kayoiji (Bedside koto: the passage of dreams)

Makuragoto yume no kayoiji ["Bedside koto: the passage of dreams"]

Ryūtei, Senka [text by]; Ryūtei, Tanehiko [proofread by]; Utagawa, Sadahide [illustrated by].

Edo [Tokyo]: Tsuruya Kiemon, Tenpo 6 [1835]. 

 

The first volume of a "moral story whose plot is taken from the traditions of China and Japan" (S. Yoshitake, "Notes on Japanese Literature", Bu ...

US$280.00
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A lesbian romance written with a stream-of-consciousness technique inspired by Joyce's writings

Manji (Quicksand)

Manji ["Quicksand"]

Tanizaki, Junichirō [text by]; Nakagawa, Shūzō [binding designed by].

Tōkyō: Kaizōsha, Shōwa 6 [1931]. First complete (or "book") edition.

 

Manji, by the author and Nobel Prize in Literature nominee Junichirō Tanizaki (1886-1965), is a novel that delves into the complex feelings of love and betrayal experienced by the narrator Sonoko re ...

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One of the most overtly political works Kyōsai illustrated

Minken Hizakurige (A Journey Through Civil Rights)

Minken Hizakurige ["A Journey Through Civil Rights"]

Seizaburō, Kida [text by]; Suita, Dōshi [Tajima, Shōji] [preface by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

Tōkyō: Kinkōdō, Meiji 15 [1882]. 

 

The first series (all published) of this work satirising the political debate around civil rights and democracy (the Jiyū Minken Undō (Freedom an ...

US$1,650.00
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A new take on an old tale, now featuring a giant octopus

Minoya kasaya hana no yukifuri (A straw raincoat shop and an umbrella store: a snowfall of flowers)

[Minoya kasaya hana no yukifuri ("A straw raincoat shop and an umbrella store: a snowfall of flowers")]

[Tōzaian], Nanboku [text by]; Utagawa, Toyokuni [illustrated by]. 

[Edo (Tōkyō)]: Kansendō [Izumiya Ichibē], Kinotoi [1815]. 

 

A gōkan penned by the block-cutter, ukiyo-e artist, kyōka poet, and gesaku author Tōzaian Nanboku (d. 1827) and illu ...

US$1,815.00
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A manuscript on the Moluccas, for the first time identified as a translation of François Valentijn's Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën (1724) and attributed to Nagasaki's Senior Interpreter Yoshio Kōsaku, friend of Titsingh, Thunberg, and Shiba Kōkan

Morikosu shotō wage daiichi [translated explanation of the Moluccas, first part]

Morikosu Shotō Wage Daiichi ["Translated Explanation of the Moluccas, First Part"]

[Valentyn, François (original text by)]; Yoshio, Kōsaku, Nishi, Kichibē [translated by].

[Japan, ca. mid to late Edo period (1780-1830s)?]. Manuscript.

 

An abridged translation of the first chapter of the Uitvoerige Beschryving Der Vyf Moluccos volume of Oud en Nieuw O ...

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Humorous rankings, word-games, general knowledge, puns, and more

Naniwa miyage (Souvenirs from Naniwa)

Naniwa miyage ["Souvenirs from Naniwa"]

Nanritei, Kiraku ... [et al.] [text by]; Akatsuki, Kanenaru ... [et al.] [illustrated by].

Ōsaka: Kawachiya Heishichi, [ca. late Edo period (1850s?)].

 

A complete set of the first series of Souvenirs from Naniwa, a collection of satirical prints, many illustrated, that typically list or rank people, food, alcohol, cou ...

US$780.00
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Kirishitan Kikigaki [A Verbatim Account of the Christians]

On the Jesuits, Organtino, and Fabian Fucan

Kirishitan Kikigaki ["A Verbatim Account of the Christians"]

[Author and transcriber unidentified].

[Japan, ca. late Edo to early Meiji period (1850-70s)?]. Manuscript.

 

A collection of writings about the Jesuit presence in Japan in the 16th and early 17th centuries. The manuscript begins with a brief description of the arrival of Christians (Jesuits) in Ja ...

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Oguri Hanguwan (Oguri Hangan)

On the Legend of Oguri Hangan

Oguri Hanguwan ["Oguri Hangan"]

[Author/s unidentified].

Niigata: Chida Tasaku, Meiji 27 [1894].

 

Issue one only of a hiragana version of the legend of the hero-warrior Oguri Hangan, printed by the Niigata-based uta-hon publisher Chida Tasaku. The fact that the edition is in hiragana suggests it was published for children.

 

Part one on ...

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Hokujoryo kigen shōsho (Origins of the northern pleasure district, abridged)

On the origins of Edo's pleasure quarters

Hokujoryo kigen shōsho ["Origins of the northern pleasure district, abridged"]

Shōji [Nishida], Katsutomi [original text by].

[Japan, ca. Ganji period (1864-1865)?]. Manuscript.

 

An abridged manuscript version of Hokujoryo kigen - an edition of Ihon Dōbō Goen ("Sequel to A garden of words from the boudoir", 1733) with additions by poet Ishihara Toryū (or T ...

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On the History of Christianity in Europe

On the True Spirit of Europe

"欧州正気論"

Church, R.W. [original text by]; Miyagawa, Tsuneteru, Doi, Michiyo [translated by].

[Japan]: Beikoku Seikyō Shorui Gaisha, Meiji 18 [1885].

 

A Japanese translation of a text, possibly by Richard William Church, on the history of Christianity in Greece, Italy, and Germany. Miyagawa Tsuneteru (1857-1936), one of the translators, was a Christian m ...

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A parody ranking of ukiyo-e artists, Yoshiwara-style

Saisei (Record of the Prosperous Age)

[Saisei ("[Record of] the Prosperous Age")]

Fūrai, Sanjin [text by]; Ukiyo, Kenbutsuzaemon [postscript by]. 

[Japan]: Tamaya Josan, Keiō Kinotoushi [1865].

 

An adaptation of the famed Yoshiwara Saiken guide to the pleasure quarters. Where the names of pleasure houses and courtesans would typically be listed, this work features the names (and rankings ...

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