Sankoku shi shuchu; Chinese title: Shangu shi ji zhu [Shangu's Collection of Poetry with Commentary]
Price: 37,500.00 USD
Eight columns per page; 17 characters per column. 65; 50; 52; 52; 45; 54; 48; 43; 38; 45; 65 folding leaves. 20 parts & table of contents in 11 vols. Large 8vo (285 x 205 mm.), orig. chestnut-colored semi-stiff wrappers, orig. block-printed labels on upper covers, new stitching. Japan: ca. 1596-1620. One of several moveable type editions printed in Japan of the collected poetry of Huang (1045-1105), calligrapher, painter, and poet of the Song dynasty. The founder of the Jiangxi school of poetry, he is known as one of the Four Masters of the Song dynasty, along with Su Shi, Mi Fu, and Cai Xiang. Yuan Ren (fl. 1144), has provided a commentary. This is a finely printed moveable type edition, and this copy was offered in Shigeo Sorimachi's remarkable catalogue of moveable type Japanese books of 1972, item 173 (in trans.): "ca. 1596-1620 (Keicho, mid-Genna), large typeface, refined and correct type, layout is classic and impressive, has the prestige of Keicho editions. Every volume uses the same size of typeface and therefore harmonious. The red annotations are carefully placed and are reminiscent of the old days of high esthetics. It is rare to have all the labels on the upper covers. On the first leaf are the provenance seals of the Kokushoji [temple] in Bizen, Okayama, and the Horei Bunko collection of Frank Hawley [d. 1964]." A few minor dampstains, but a fine set. Occasional worming, mostly marginal, and for the most part carefully mended. The covers have some minor repairs. The tenth volume has a new lower cover. Preserved in a chitsu. ❧ Kawase, Kokatsuji-ban no kenkyu, Vol. I, p. 394 & illustration no. 249 in Vol. III-citing another copy at the Kuhara Bunko of Fusanosuke Kuhara (1869-1965).