Edo: Izumodera Manjirō 出雲寺滿次郎 and Moriya Jirobei 森屋治郎兵衛, (circa Bunkyū 1.1861]. [Reprint]. Stock ID #158146
Double page colour woodblock maps of Japan and China, 50 leaves, occasional light soiling, original wrappers worn, paper title label upper cover, 10.5 x 15.5cm. A good copy. This charming woodblock reference work gives a list of Japanese and Chinese years in historical order. The Japanese text in the first part of the booklet lists Japanese deities and emperors from Kuni no Tokotachi no Mikoto 國常立尊 to Emperor Kōtoku 孝徳 (reign: 645-654) on the upper column and Chinese gods and emperors from Fuxi 伏羲 to Emperor Taizong 太宗 (reign: 626-649) of Tang on the lower column.
Japanese era names began with Taika 大化 in 645 and accordingly the second section shows a list of each year from Taika 1 to Bunkyū 文久 1 (1861). In this section pages are divided into four horizontal columns and the first and third columns are allocated to Japanese years and the second and fourth columns are allocated to corresponding Chinese years. Each small section indicating a year has a short sentence or two describing an event which took place in that year. For example, in the section of Kōan 弘安 4 (1284) the text says "A large force of Mongols arrived at Tsushima. A great wind destroyed their ships and they all died" and in the corresponding section below indicating the same year with a Chinese era name, [zhiyuan 至元] 18, the text says "[The emperor] ordered to burn down Daoist books".
The rest work comprises supplements including a list of famous shoguns and princes and compatibility of men and women based on the Five Elements theory [with illustrations]. Although the date of publication is given as "Kaei 1 (1848)", the last year in the listed is Bunkyū 1 (1861). The author, Shōtei Kinsui 松亭金水 (1795-1863), was a calligrapher and writer in the late Edo period. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 158146).