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BYU Japanese Rare Books

When the Harold B. Lee Library purchased 255 Japanese rare books and manuscripts from San Francisco book dealer David Magee as part of a larger acquisition, no one imagined just how unique the collection would be. Spanning from the eighth to the early twentieth century, it includes early examples of printing in Japan, rare maps, and one-of-a-kind scrolls and manuscripts.



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BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849 artist
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30 leaves : 23 cm
Topics: Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849, Samurai in art, Heroes in art, Soldiers in art, Heroes -- Japan --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Ōkōchi, Mozaemon, 1536-1598
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Title page contains the author's name, the title and the publisher
Topics: Korea -- History -- Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598, China -- Foreign relations -- Japan, Japan --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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The box was produced later than the books, perhaps in the nineteenth century. The bottom of the box is likely the correct box, but the lid is incorrect. It has the title Sankash (Collection of a Mountain Home) on it, which is the poet Saigy (1118-1190) personal poetry collection
Topics: Waka, Japanese poetry
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Shiba, Kōkan, 1738?-1818
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5 v. : 26 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Europe -- Social life and customs, China -- Social life and...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Saitō, Shūho, 1768-1859, artist
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21 leaves : 26 cm
Topics: Saitō, Shūho, 1768-1859, Samurai -- Portraits, Samurai -- Poetry
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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2 v. : 24 cm
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kishi, Chikudō, 1826-1897 artist
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2 volumes (double leaves) : 28 cm
Topic: Kishi, Chikudō, 1826-1897
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849 author; 880-10 Sawada, Kichi, active 1687? Onna Imagawa
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Title from title piece
Topic: Women
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Tozawa, Morinori, calligrapher.
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Hand-colored illustrations; codex-book format
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Topics: Flags, Emblems, Banners
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Arisawa, Takesada, 1639-1715
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On double leaves, oriental style
Topics: Military art and science, War games
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kitao, Shigemasa, 1739-1820
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3 v. : 23 cm
Topics: Birds -- Japan -- Pictorial works, Flower -- Japan -- Pictorial works
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Yōshunʼan Shūka, active 17th century
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6 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Yoshino (Japan) -- Description and travel, Yoshino (Japan) -- History
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Yamaguchi, Soken, 1759-1818
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3 v. : 28 cm
Topics: Occupations -- Japan -- History -- 1787-1868 -- Pictorial works, Japan -- Social life and customs...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Yōshunʼan Shūka, active 17th century
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6 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Yoshino (Japan) -- Description and travel, Yoshino (Japan) -- History
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Shiba, Kōkan, 1738?-1818
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5 v. : 26 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Europe -- Social life and customs, China -- Social life and...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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The box was produced later than the books, perhaps in the nineteenth century. The bottom of the box is likely the correct box, but the lid is incorrect. It has the title Sankash (Collection of a Mountain Home) on it, which is the poet Saigy (1118-1190) personal poetry collection
Topics: Waka, Japanese poetry
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Hayashi, Yoshinaga
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1 map ; 124 x 165 cm., folded to 24 x 16 cm
Topics: Buddhism -- Japan -- Kyoto -- 18th century, Shinto shrines -- Japan -- Kyoto, Kyoto (Japan) -- Maps...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849 artist
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19 leaves : 23 cm
Topics: Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849, Heroes -- Japan -- Portraits, Heroes -- China -- Portraits, Samurai...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Shiba, Kōkan, 1738?-1818
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5 v. : 26 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Europe -- Social life and customs, China -- Social life and...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kitao, Shigemasa, 1739-1820
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3 v. : 23 cm
Topics: Birds -- Japan -- Pictorial works, Flower -- Japan -- Pictorial works
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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3 scrolls : 28 x 806 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Birds -- Japan -- Pictorial works
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kōno, Bairei, 1844-1895 artist
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2 volumes : 25 cm
Topics: Kōno, Bairei, 1844-1895, Flowers -- Japan -- Pictorial works, Flowers in art
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Imao, Keinen
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4 v. : 37 cm
Topics: Flowers -- Japan, Birds -- Japan
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Imao, Keinen
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4 v. : 37 cm
Topics: Flowers -- Japan, Birds -- Japan
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Imao, Keinen
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4 v. : 37 cm
Topics: Flowers -- Japan, Birds -- Japan
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kitao, Shigemasa, 1739-1820
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3 v. : 23 cm
Topics: Birds -- Japan -- Pictorial works, Flower -- Japan -- Pictorial works
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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2 scrolls : 28 cm
Topics: Okinawa Island (Japan) -- History -- 18th century, Okinawa Island (Japan) -- Relations -- Japan,...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Shiba, Kōkan, 1738?-1818
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5 v. : 26 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Europe -- Social life and customs, China -- Social life and...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Shiba, Kōkan, 1738?-1818
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5 v. : 26 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Europe -- Social life and customs, China -- Social life and...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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2 v. : 26 cm
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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1 map ; 67 x 90 cm., folded to 17 x 9 cm
Topics: Streets -- Japan -- Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki-shi (Japan) -- Maps
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Arisawa, Takesada, 1639-1715
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On double leaves, oriental style
Topics: Military art and science, War games
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by Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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14 v. (on double leaves) : 23 cm
Topics: Drawing, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Wood-engraving, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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No author is mentioned. There is no date, no preface, no postscript
Topic: Japan -- History -- Period of civil wars, 1480-1603
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kaibara, Ekiken, 1630-1714
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[46] p. : 28 cm
Topics: Japan -- History -- Tokugawa period, 1600-1868, Japan -- Description and travel
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Hassendō Shujin
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1 map : 58 x 128 cm., folded to 20 x 13 cm
Topics: Shinto shrines -- Japan -- Nagasaki, Temples, Buddhist -- Japan -- Nagasaki, Buddhist sects --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Ōoka, Shumboku
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3 v. : 28 cm
Topics: Art, Chinese -- Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912 -- Specimens, Painting, Chinese -- Ming-Qing...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Shiba, Kōkan, 1738?-1818
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5 v. : 26 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Europe -- Social life and customs, China -- Social life and...
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This is a set of five scrolls. The sizes of these scrolls are as follows: Scroll No. 1: 27 x 547 cm. Scroll No. 2: 27 x 473 cm. Scroll No. 3: 27 x 534 cm. Scrool No. 4: 27 x 650 cm. Scroll No. 5: 27 x 423 cm
Topics: Fire extinction, Fire fighters
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Shiba, Kōkan, 1738?-1818
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5 v. : 26 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Europe -- Social life and customs, China -- Social life and...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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No author is mentioned. There is no date, no preface, no postscript
Topic: Japan -- History -- Period of civil wars, 1480-1603
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Shiba, Kōkan, 1738?-1818
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5 v. : 26 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868, Europe -- Social life and customs, China -- Social life and...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Nishikawa, Joken, 1648-1724
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2 v. : 28 cm
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Imao, Keinen
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4 v. : 37 cm
Topics: Flowers -- Japan, Birds -- Japan
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kanaya, Heiemon
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15 v. : 27 cm
Topics: Kyoto (Japan) -- Description and travel, Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs, Kyoto (Japan) --...
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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2 v. : 24 cm
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Nishikawa, Joken, 1648-1724
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1 scroll :[bill. (some col.) ; 31 x 1337 cm
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Nishikawa, Joken, 1648-1724
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2 v. : 28 cm
BYU Japanese Rare Books
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This is a set of five scrolls. The sizes of these scrolls are as follows: Scroll No. 1: 27 x 547 cm. Scroll No. 2: 27 x 473 cm. Scroll No. 3: 27 x 534 cm. Scrool No. 4: 27 x 650 cm. Scroll No. 5: 27 x 423 cm
Topics: Fire extinction, Fire fighters
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kishi, Chikudō, 1826-1897 artist
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2 volumes (double leaves) : 28 cm
Topic: Kishi, Chikudō, 1826-1897
BYU Japanese Rare Books
by Kawa, Bumpō
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3 v. : 26 cm
Topics: Art, Japanese -- To 1868 -- Specimens, Painting, Japanese -- To 1868