Genii of Strange Appearance

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Hishikawa Moronobu (ca. 1618-ca. 1694), Newly Published Picture Book of Genii of Strange Appearance (Shinpan igyo sennin ehon)(Edo: Urokogataya, 1689).

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moronobu igyo3Hishikawa Moronobu is considered one of the earliest Japanese book illustrators. The translation of the title used here is taken from our colleagues at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston but on Princeton’s copy someone has written “Stories of immortals.” Someone else, probably Elmer Adler, has noted “Ghost stories in Chinese style.”

There is a second volume of this book that seems to have been separated from the first, but it was here and will eventually be found when our Japanese books are completely catalogued.

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