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

Paperback: $37.00
ISBN-13: 9780824823375
Published: December 2000

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520 pages
  • About the Book
  • New in paperback.

    Of related interest:
    A History of Writing in Japan, by Christopher Seeley

  • About the Author(s)
    • Peter Kornicki, Author

      Peter Kornicki is reader in Japanese history and bibliography, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, and fellow of the British Academy.
  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • The ten chapters of this exemplary monograph cover every major aspect of the book in traditional Japan: its place in Japanese history; books as material objects; manuscript cultures; printing; the Edo period book trade; authors and readers; importation and exportation; censorship; libraries and collectors; and bibliographic catalogues.... A handsome and beautifully organized handbook that is sure to inform and stimulate research for many years to come.
      Journal of Asian Studies
    • Superbly researched and handsomely produced.... A landmark in Western language historiography on books in Eastern Asia. It ranks in importance with T. S. Carter's The Invention of Printing in China and Its Spread Westward, which startled the world of book-lovers some seventy years ago.
      Libraries & Culture
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