[19th century]. Stock ID #157025
Black and white ink sketches, 120 folded leaves, paper covers titled in ink, stab binding. Edges and corners creased on a number of leaves, covers a little soiled, occasional browning but generally very good. 24.5 x 17cm. A collection of manuscript abstracts from various books. The upper cover is titled in ink 雜書鈔錄 [Abstracts from Various Books] together with the signature of the transcriber, Murakami Gozan 村上呉山 and his seal which reads "Gozan". The abstracts in this manuscript come from 26 different books and journals which were published or written in the Edo to Meiji period and mainly cover biography, history and encyclopaedic information. On the inside of the upper covers Murakami Gozan has written 28 titles, however this list is not entirely accurate as one title appears twice and another does not seem to appear in the content at all. The abstracts that Gozan transcribed include: Shōtei zakki 松亭雑記 [Miscellaneous Notes by Shōtei] a work which we were not able to locate so may be an unpublished manuscript. Tsureduregusa shoshō taisei 徒然草諸抄大成 [Complete Collection of Annotations on Tsureduregusa, 1688]; Seppō innen-shū 説法因縁集 [A collection of Buddhist stories]. Kinsei gōketsu-tan 近世豪傑譚 [Biographies of the Great People in Pre-modern Times, 1892] Meiji shinshi-tan 明治紳士譚 [Biographies of Prominent People in Meiji, 1892] Naigai kokon itsuwa bunko 内外古今逸話文庫 [Library of Episodes of Great People of All Times in and outside of Japan, 1893-94] Hyakka setsurin 百家説林 [Collection of Essays by Many Scholars,1890-92]; Nihon taika ronshū 日本大家論集 [Anthology of Articles by Japanese Great Experts, journal, 1887- 89?] Tōyō bijutsu 東洋美術 [Far Eastern Art, journal, date?] Yōnen zasshi 幼年雜誌 [Magazine for Young Children, journal, 1891-94]. The manuscript includes some illustrations and notable amongst these are: portraits of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga; kappa [lit. "river child"] the legendary water animal which appears in Japanese folklore; scenery of Mt.Fuji (from Hyaka setsurin); Chinese coins and seals and two Chinese figures painted by legendary painter Gu Kaizhi (from Tōyō bijutsu); and water plant and water insects (from Yōnen zasshi). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157025).