Book/Printed Material The Tales of Ise.

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Title

  • The Tales of Ise.

Summary

  • Ise monogatari (The tales of Ise) is a collection of some 125 brief episodes, combining elements of prose and poetry, that dates from the early Heian period (9th-10th centuries). The protagonist is believed to be modeled on Ariwarano Narihira (825-80), a handsome aristocrat who had many romantic affairs. The main character's romances, friendships, heartbroken wandering life, and various other stories are narrated in a style that owes much to waka (literally, Japanese poems). The work had a great influence on later Japanese literature, including Genji monogatari (The tale of Genji). Shown here is the earliest printed edition of Ise monogatari. It is a beautiful book with flowing characters on paper of different colors, decorated with brushed-on shell pigment. It was produced with the old movable type and illustrated with engraved wood-block prints. The publishing of this book involved the artist Hon'ami Kōetsu (1558-1637) and Suminokura Soan (1571-1617), a chirographer and wealthy trading merchant of the Kyoto-Saga area.

Names

  • Hon'ami, Kōetsu, 1558-1637 Associated Name.
  • Suminokura, Soan, 1571-1617 Associated Name.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1608.

Headings

  • -  Japan
  • -  800 to 999
  • -  Block printing
  • -  Japanese literature
  • -  Japanese poetry
  • -  Manners and customs
  • -  Poetry
  • -  The Tales of Ise
  • -  Waka (Japanese poetry)

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 2 books ; 27.1 x 19.4 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Diet Library.
  • -  Content in Japanese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021666414

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Hon'Ami, Kōetsu, Associated Name, and Soan Suminokura. The Tales of Ise. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1608] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666414/.

APA citation style:

Hon'Ami, K. & Suminokura, S. (1608) The Tales of Ise. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666414/.

MLA citation style:

Hon'Ami, Kōetsu, Associated Name, and Soan Suminokura. The Tales of Ise. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1608] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021666414/>.