BAN GU: HANSHU, HISTORY OF THE WESTERN HAN

MS 2458
MS Short Title BAN GU: HANSHU, HISTORY OF THE WESTERN HAN
Text BAN GU: HANSHU, HISTORY OF THE WESTERN HAN; SONG DYNASTY EDITION
Description Blockprint and MS (493 ff.) in Chinese on paper, Fuqing, Fujian province, China, 1304-1334, and Japan (MS), 15th c., 32 vols., 2075 ff. (-14), 27x18 cm, 10 columns (22x15 cm), woodblock printed in Chinese book script, with commentaries and textual collation notes by Myochi(?), Japan 1522.
Binding Japan, 16th c., stitched bindings (Xian Zhuang) in 11 brocade folding cases.
Context Hou Hanchu (History of the Eastern Han Dynasty), also from Ogawa's collection, is in Tokyo, the library of the National Museum of History and Ethnology, designated by the government as an Important Cultural Property.
Provenance 1. Myochi, Japan (1522); 2. Ogawa Takuji, Japan (1870-1941); 3. Obama Toshie, Japan (1889-1972); 4. Sören Edgren Collection, New England (1971-1997); 5. Sam Fogg cat. 19(1998):31.
Commentary Described and illustrated in Ogawa's rare book catalogue, Shoioshu shooku zosho mokuroku, Kyoto, 1939, p. 7, plates 5-6. No Song impression without replacement blocks is known to exist.
Place of origin China
Dates 1304 - 1334 AD

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