Re: Identification request

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Posted by Alec W. ( on January 26, 2021 at 06:37:45:

In Reply to: Re: Identification request posted by Alec W. on January 26, 2021 at 05:22:33:

OK, I kept looking after I posted, and I have more of an answer...

The book this relates to is "Kanayomi Hakkenden" 仮名読八犬伝, published serially from 1848-1868. Here is a mostly-intact set:

The title is spelled out in the little "balls" in the image, written in a slightly variant way, 假名與美八犬傳.

The name of the author of this volume is given at right, "Kindō" 琴童, and the publisher is Bunkeidō 文渓堂.

Unfortunately, neither the scan of the book linked above, nor others I looked at online, include this image; my only guess is that it was from some part of the book or packaging that tended to be removed from the book and not survive.

Anyway, a little more info here:

And even more here:

Key quote from this last article: "Hakkenden inspired a second gkan version. In direct competition to Kichibei, Bakin's last publisher, Chjiya Heibei launched his own publication, aptly titled Kanayomi Hakkenden (Easy-to-read Hakkenden, 184868)."


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