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HIST 105/EAS 121: Chinese Civilization: Special Collection - Printing Culture

Printing Culture - Format

Bamboo Scroll - Box

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Bamboo Scroll - Facsimile Copy

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Lotus Sūtra 妙法蓮花經 (Myōhō rengekyō)

Manuscript - Scroll

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Lotus Sūtra 妙法蓮花經 (Myōhō rengekyō)

Detail

Manuscript; hand drawing gold ink lotus 

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Lotus Sūtra 妙法蓮花經 (Myōhō rengekyō)

Mandala 

Manuscript 

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Lotus Sūtra 妙法蓮花經 (Myōhō rengekyō)

8 volumes in a box 

1864

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Lotus Sūtra 妙法蓮花經 (Myōhō rengekyō)

Accordion style

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Imperial Sponsored Ming Law Code 大明会典

Date: 1587  万历15年内府刻本

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Imperial Sponsored Ming Law Code 大明会典

Date: 1587  万历15年内府刻本; 

Using Manchu texts to do rare book preservation; 修复过程可能沿用了“金镶玉” 装帧形式.

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Four Books Mencius 四書正文英華合編 - 孟子

Excerpt from Mencius; total six volumes, Bilingual Chinese print from movable type; and English print from lithography 

Date: 1871

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Four Books Mencius 四書正文英華合編 - 孟子

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Four Books Mencius 四書正文英華合編 - 孟子

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Miniature Commentaries on the Four Books 四書全註

This kind of miniature or pocketbooks are generally referred to as “巾箱本” (jin xiang ben). “巾箱” here refers to the box used to hold men’s topknots or Touji 頭髻. This is a Confucian “Four Books, (Confucian Classics) study guide for civil service examination. there are records of tiny books used as small notes to cheat in exams. More generally the portable size allows frequent checking of the text. Moreover, this edition contains annotations separated from each other by the character and black and white circles. These marks and annotations also indicate its use for quick reference. The name 李桂Lee Ying-nam is stamped on the book’s leather spine. Lee (1892-1922) was one of the young students sent abroad by the Chinese government during the Self-Strengthening Movement 洋務運動 in the late Qing dynasty. The western-style rebinding and portable size enabled a Chinese student studying in America to remind himself of the Chinese learnings.

--Beibei Zhao OC '20

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Miniature Commentaries on the Four Books 四書全註

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Qing Court Paintings - Textile and Farming 御製耕織圖

Facsimile copy of court paintings from Qing; commercial print, targeting foreign travelers, diplomats and missionaries.

Often bilingual and purple/blue cover with golden characters.

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Qing Court Paintings - Textile and Farming 御製耕織圖

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Printing Culture - Technology

Sugeta - Front

Sugeta (hinged mold) is used in Japanese Papermaking.

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Sugeta - Back

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Woodblock - Japan

Japanese Woodblock of Sūtra of Long-life Bodhisattva Jizō with Japanese Annotation and Illustration

延命地藏經和訓圖會 (Enmi Jizōkyō wakun zue)

Kaei 嘉永 year 7  [1854]

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Woodblock - Other side

Japanese Woodblock of Sūtra of Long-life Bodhisattva Jizō with Japanese Annotation and Illustration

延命地藏經和訓圖會 (Enmi Jizōkyō wakun zue)

Kaei 嘉永 year 7  [1854]

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Woodblock - Korea

Korean Woodblock of Confucius Texts

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Woodblock - Other side

Korean Woodblock of Confucius Texts

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Woodblock - Japan

Alternative format of Woodblock - Japan 

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Progression of Printing Blocks for Hiroshige’s Print “Shoya” from 53 Stations from Tokaido 錦繪褶立順序

Date:   Meiji明治25 [1892]                 ArtistUtagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重(1797-1858)           

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Progression of Printing Blocks for Hiroshige’s Print “Shoya” from 53 Stations from Tokaido 錦繪褶立順序

Date:   Meiji明治25 [1892]                 Artist:  Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重(1797-1858)           

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Progression of Printing Blocks for Hiroshige’s Print “Shoya” from 53 Stations from Tokaido 錦繪褶立順序

Date:   Meiji明治25 [1892]                 Artist:  Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重(1797-1858)           

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Progression of Printing Blocks for Hiroshige’s Print “Shoya” from 53 Stations from Tokaido 錦繪褶立順序

Date:   Meiji明治25 [1892]                 Artist:  Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重(1797-1858)           

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Progression of Printing Blocks for Hiroshige’s Print “Shoya” from 53 Stations from Tokaido 錦繪褶立順序

Date:   Meiji明治25 [1892]                 Artist:  Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重(1797-1858)           

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Paul Arnold Prints

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Paul Arnold Prints 2

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Paul Arnold Prints 3

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Paul Arnold Prints 4

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