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Yoroigae

Kanbun/Empo era (late 17th century)
3 volumes

Richly hand-coloured books with 20 full-page illustrations including 5 double-page illusrations. Height 28.2 cm., width 22.4 cm.; dark blue cover decorated with gold paint depicting clouds and trees; flyleaf gilt with cloisonne pattern; vermillion title slip; papers elaborately ornamented with gold.
Yoroi gae, literally means "change of the armour", is a story of a widow and her daughter who were suffered by late husband's retainer but at last were saved by Kannon.

 

Honcho Koshi Den (Japanese Legends of Filial Children)

Genroku era (c.1688-1704)
5 volumes

Manuscript books with 35 full-page illustrations illuminated with gold foil and pigments; blue-green brocade with pattern of dragons and clouds; title strip with golden cloud pattern.
74 stories of famous filial sons and daughters from royalty to common people written by a Confucian scholar Ransai Fujii (1618-1709).

 

Bunsho

Kanbun era (Late 17th century)
3 volumes

Handcolored illustrated books; deep blue covers ornamented with gold; flyleaf with gold foils; title slips in different colors; torinoko papers; paulownia wooden box.
Bunsho, also known as "Bunsho-zoshi" or "Shioyaki Bunsho (Bunsho the saltmaker)", is a success story of a man who served for the grand priest of Kashima Shrine in Hitachi (present Ibaraki prefecture).

 

Hitomotokiku [Nara ehon]

Empo era (late 17th century)
3 volumes

Oblong hand-colored books; height 16.9 cm., width 24.8 cm.; dark blue covers ornamented with gold, flyleaf with gold foil; vermilion title slips. Total 15 illustrations.

 

Settai (Senju gozen) [Nara ehon]

Mid-Edo period
1 volume

Oblong illustrated book with 7 full-page illustrations. Height 16.2 cm., width 23.5 cm.
Story of a woman called Senju, who was driven away from home by her mother-in-law, died on journey at an inn in Tsuruga (Fukui). In the end she revived and had a happy reunion with her husband and her father. The title gSettaih is derived from gsettai yadoh, the inns providing support to pilgrims.

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