[Library Network] Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: Five of oriental maps and star charts have been newly released
Five of oriental maps and star charts held by the Graduate School of Letters and Science have been newly released.
"混弌歴代國都疆理之圖" was established when a manuscript of a map produced in the Ming dynasty in the 16th century was transmitted to the Joseon dynasty, where the title and a map of the Korean peninsula were added. The material held by the Graduate School Letters is thought to be a manuscript of this. It is a valuable material from which the map and the afterword can be clearly read.
"混弌歴代國都疆理之圖" held by the Graduate School of Letters
“天象列次分野之図” is a stone-engraved star map produced during the reign of King Taejo of the Joseon Dynasty (first engraving), and a facsimile stone monument was produced during the reign of King Sukjong (re-engraving). The materials held by the Graduate School of Letters and the Graduate School of Science are re-engraved rubbings.
The Digital Archive of Rare Materials also has digital images of the first and second engravings in the collection of the Graduate School of Science (Astronomy Dep.). By viewing them side by side, it is possible to see the differences between the first engraving and re-engraving, as well as the differences between the re-engraving rubbings.
”天象列次分野之図" (Left: held by the Graduate School of Letters / Right: held by the Graduate School of Science)
|RB00033993||[天象列次分野之圖]||Grad. Sch. Letters|
|RB00033994||混弌歴代國都疆理之圖||Grad. Sch. Letters|
|RB00033991||天文圖（南宋淳祐天文圖）||Grad. Sch. Science|
|RB00033992||天象列次分野之圖||Grad. Sch. Science|
|RB00033954||天文成象||Grad. Sch. Science|
“天象列次分野之図”, “天文圖” and “天文成象” are from the former collection of Dr. Issei Yamamoto, the first director of the Kwasan Observatory of Kyoto University.
The digitization of the above-mentioned rare materials has been realized thanks to the Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive Fund.
We sincerely extend our appreciation to their generosity, with our determination to continue this digitization project to preserve and make the best use of our rare materials at the same time, which we believe will lead to the promotion of research and culture.
井上充幸「東アジアにおける楊子器図の展開」（藤井讓治, 杉山正明, 金田章裕編『大地の肖像 : 絵図・地図が語る世界』京都大学学術出版会, 2007）pp. 282-297.
冨田良雄「東洋星図（花山天文台所蔵）」（『静脩』, 51(3), 2014, pp. 4-5.）
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[Library Network] Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: Suruga Date Documents (Medieval) have been newly released
Suruga Date Documents (Medieval) have been newly released by a joint project with Princeton University.
▼Suruga Date Documents (Medieval)
The Suruga Date, a family sharing the same ancestor as the famous Date Masamune of Northern Japan were a warrior (kokujin) family based in Suruga Province (currently known as Shizuoka Prefecture). They moved to Tsuyama domain in Mimasaka province (current day Okayama Prefecture) where they survived during the Early Modern era (1600-1868). In all, 118 documents survive in the Suruga Date collection, with the oldest dating from the fourteenth century, and the most recent dating from the late nineteenth century (Meiji era).
Of those documents, the oldest 56, dating from the fourteenth century through 1467, are reproduced in their entirety. Many are from the Ashikaga shoguns, or protectors (shugo) and high-ranking officials. Among them, the petitions for military award submitted by the warrior Date Kagemune are informative, while the documents dating from the 14-15th century from the Imagawa, a hegemon of Eastern Japan, are particularly rare.
Ashikaga Takauji sodehan kudashibumi 足利尊氏袖判下文
Kyoto University and Princeton University have initiated a joint project in March 2020 in order to deepen the knowledge and awareness of Japanese history and culture throughout the world. The goal is to disseminate images, transcriptions, translations, and research about Japanese documents owned by the Kyoto University Museum.
The Kyoto University Museum, Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University Library Network and the Department of East Asian Studies of Princeton University will collaborate in carrying out this project.
- SURUGA DATE COLLECTION: THE KYOTO PRINCETON PROJECT (Princeton University)
- Tannowa Document released under the joint project with Princeton University (2020-04-21)
As of June 30, 2022, Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive provides 1,928,514 images of 23,729 titles.
[Library Network] Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: Three Illustrated Kabuki play books have been newly released
Three Illustrated Kabuki play books, Kitsunegawa Ima Sesshōseki (狐川今殺生石), Tanba Yosaku (丹波与作) and Ryōshū Renri no Matsu (兩州連理の松), held by the Graduate School of Letters have been newly released.
Illustrated Kabuki play book is an illustrated book published in the Edo period that contains outlines of Kabuki plays.
These books were formerly in the collection of Fumihiko Nakano (中野文彦), but are now in the possession of the Graduate School of Letters.
Although only the first part of the each book remains, the illustrations depicting major scenes and the plates filled with fine text provide a glimpse of the contents of the books.
|Collection||Record ID||Title||Call No|
As of June 1, 2022, the Digital Archive provides 1,872,564 images of 23,253 titles.
The NDL's Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals to Launch
The National Diet Library, Japan, (the NDL) launched a Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals.
The Service is available to official registered users of the NDL.
- 2022-5-19 The NDL's Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals to Launch [National Diet Library]
- Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals [National Diet Library]
[Library Network] Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: Important Cultural Property "Dainihonshi hensan kiroku" vol.15-20 (G.S. Letters) newly released
The Graduate School of Letters of Kyoto University and the Kyoto University Museum have been carrying out the restoration and digitization of an important cultural property Dainihonshi hensan kiroku held by the Graduate School of Letters since academic year 2017. Three hundred twenty-two images of the restored volumes 15-20 are now available in Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive.
▼Important Cultural Property - Dainihonshi hensan kiroku (G.S. Letters)
Dainihonshi hensan kiroku (大日本史編纂記録) is a collection of more than 6,000 letters (copies) exchanged between Shokokan (彰考館; Mito Domain’s office for history compilation) in Mito (currently in Ibaraki Prefecture) and Edo (currently Tokyo) and their Kyoto office regarding the compilation of Dainihonshi (*1) by Tokugawa Mitsukuni (徳川光圀; 1628-1701). A total of 42,810 people and organizations and 15,159 historical records and literature works are mentioned in the letters and the content covers a wide range of aspects of the time, such as history, literature, Confucianism and Japanese classical literature, as well as the publishing culture during the Genroku Period, which makes this rare material a first-class historical record.
The rare material, before being restored, consisted of 248 volumes of about 10,000 sheets (one sheet folded in half to form a pouch makes two pages) in the form of fukuro-toji yotsume-toji (袋綴四つ目綴装) with sheets of papers folded at the fore edge and sewn at the back edge at four points. However, the rebinding and restoration done to the material during the Edo period were not appropriate to secure its long-term preservation; they also made it impossible to read the majority of the volumes without damaging them, because the text near the back edge was sewn inside the spine. Therefore, a restoration project was launched in academic year 2017 funded by the Sumitomo Foundation, and also funded by government from 2021. The Graduate School of Letters has also set up Kyoto University Fund for the restoration of its library collection and the Kyoto University Museum acquired the university's special budget for this project in 2018.
Each volume of Dainihonshi hensan kiroku is to be released on the Internet through Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive upon the completion of restoration and digitization processes. As of May 17, 2022, the Digital Archive provides 1,872,545 images of 23,250 titles.
[Library Network] Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: Sanskrit manuscripts and Ezo-related archives have been newly released
118 titles of Sanskrit manuscripts and Ezo-related archives Ezochi ikken (蝦夷地一件) and Ezo byōgi (蝦夷廟議) held by the Graduate School of Letters have been newly released.
The Sanskrit manuscripts were collected in Nepal and brought back to Japan by Professor Ryozaburo SAKAKI (榊亮三郎, 1872-1946), the initiator of Sanskrit studies in Kyoto Imperial University.
The collection became relegated to the official possession of the Faculty of Letters in 1977, and then, on the occasion of the opening of the manuscripts to the public, A succinct catalogue of the Sanskrit manuscripts in the possession of the Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University compiled by Kiyotaka Goshima and Keiya Noguchi. Society for Indic and Buddhistic Studies, Kyoto University, 1983 was compiled. The descriptions of the catalogue have been cited in the “Note” section of metadata.
Ezochi ikken (蝦夷地一件) was a collection of official documents from 1784 to 1790 concerning the Ezo issue in the Edo shogunate.
Of the seven original volumes, the Graduate School of Letters holds Vol.1-5 including the Vol.1 and Vol.4, which have been missing for a long time. (ref. 岩﨑奈緒子著『近世後期の世界認識と鎖国』)
“蝦夷地一件” Left: Russian merchant and translator of Ezo man, Right: Katana sword
Ezo byōgi (蝦夷廟議) is a collection of official documents from the visit of Laxman, the first Russian envoy to Japan, in 1792.
[Library Network] Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: 12titles including 西夏文華嚴經 and 万国人物図 have been newly released
Xi xia wen hua yan jing (西夏文華嚴經) is a Tangut translation of the Da fang guang fo hua yan jing (大方廣佛華嚴經). Of the 80 volumes, Kyoto University holds volumes 1-5 and 41 in the Graduate School of Letters, and volumes 6-10 and 36 in the Institute for Research in Humanities. Volumes 6-10 and 36 are available at the database 東方學デジタル圖書館, and volumes 1-5 and 41 are now available in the Rare Materials Digital Archive.
“西夏文華嚴經” volume 1
In addition, 10 titles of "Bankoku Jinbutsu zu (万国人物図)", held by the Main Library and the Graduate School of Letters are now available. The "Bankoku jnbutsu zu" is a generic term for illustrated books of ethnography published in the Edo period that depict the characteristics of people around the world. Shijūnikoku jinbutsu zusetsu (四十二国人物図説, Manuscripts from Konoe Collection) by Nisikawa Joken (西川如見), Kaigai jinbutsushū (海外人物輯), Kaigai shotō zusetsu kaisei (海外諸島圖説 改正), Gaiban yōbō zue (外蕃容貌圖画), and other titles were published. It show the changes of the worldviews in early modern Japan.
Left: Great Ming from “四十二国人物図説”
Center: Dutch ship from “異國人物帖”
Right: Dutch people from “異國人物帖”
Using Mirador, an IIIF viewer, you can view multiple images side by side.
Mirador (Left: “四十二国人物図説”, Right: “四十二國人物圖”)
|Collection||Record ID||Title||Author||Call No|
|G.S. Letters||RB00033348||[西夏文華嚴經] (存5巻)||東洋史:CXIII/S/17/貴重|
|G.S. Letters||RB00033349||[西夏文華嚴經 卷41]||東洋史:CXIII/S/11/貴重|
|G.S. Letters||RB00033351||外蕃容貌圖画||田川春道撰, 倉田東岳画||地理:J6/2|
|Main Library (Konoe Collection)||RB00008851||四十二国人物図説||西川忠英(如見, 求林斎, 淵梅軒)志||5-80/シ/1貴|
Main Library (Muroga Collection)
|Main Library (Muroga Collection)||RB00033344||畫本異國一覽 3巻||春光園花丸 [著]||室賀/G/87/和1|
|Main Library (Muroga Collection)||RB00033345||海外諸島圖説 改正 後集||蠖屈陳人 [撰], 柳川重信畫||室賀/GA/71/和2|
Main Library (Non-rare Materials)
|Main Library (Non-rare Materials)||RB00033343||萬國人物圖繪||魯文譯, 芳虎画||4-41/ハ/4|
|Main Library (Non-rare Materials)||RB00033346||四十二國人物圖||8-40/シ/1/巻別|
|Main Library (Non-rare Materials)||RB00033347||海外人物輯||永田南溪所藏, 一光齊畫||5-88/カ/6|
As of February 4, 2022, the Digital Archive provides 1,669,087 images of 20,582 titles.