Item description for The Book in Japan: A Cultural History from the Beginnings to the Nineteenth Century (Handbuch Der Orientalistik. Funfte Abteilung, Japan, 7) by Peter F. Kornicki...
This monograph covers 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; and importation and exportation.
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Authoritative and highly readable Nov 28, 2004
This is a very useful study of the history of the book (defined rather broadly) in Japan. It is well written and makes interesting even topics that at first glance seem inherently dull--the chapter on bibliographies and catalogs, for example. Kornicki combines extensive old-fashioned archival scholarship with a good sense for recent theory on such topics as the death of the author, media technologies, and the shifting history of reading practices.