New Rare Book: Kinshūdan or 錦繡段 by Ten’in Rytaku, 1422-1500

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|6th June 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

Today we’re highlighting a new transfer to the SOAS Library rare book collection – Kinshūdan (錦繡段) by Ten’in Rytaku, 1422-1500 (龍沢, 1422-1500); SOAS Library Classmark: EF.c.351.c.59 /127896.

Kinshūdan / 錦繡段 - SOAS Library Classmark: EF.c.351.c.59 / 127896


The work, Kinshūdan, is a Japanese edition, published in Osaka in 1701, of a collection of Chinese poems, originally published in 1483. This work is in Chinese script, with additional notes and kaeriten by Utsunomiya Ton’an, ?1633- ?1707 (宇都宫遯庵, ?1633- ?1707). This edition is on double leaves bound in the fukuro toji (袋綴じ) or “bound-pocket” style.

Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library makes available to the public the Library’s internationally important collection of rare published monographs and periodicals relating to the history of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and beyond. At the same time we ensure these fantastic collections are preserved over the long-term for the researchers of the future.

We’d especially like to thank Ludi Price (柏詠璇), Senior Library Assistant (Far Eastern Languages) at SOAS Library, for the work done in identifying and cataloguing Kinshūdan and other material in East Asian languages available here at Archives & Special Collections.

The SOAS Library rare book collection can be consulted in our Special Collections Reading Room on Level F of the Library. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

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