Peter Kornicki is reader in Japanese history and bibliography, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, and fellow of the British Academy.
Superbly researched and handsomely produced.... A landmark in
Western language historiography on books in Eastern Asia. It ranks
in importance with T. S. Carter's The Invention of Printing in
China and Its Spread Westward, which startled the world of
book-lovers some seventy years ago.-- "Libraries &
The ten chapters of this exemplary monograph cover every major aspect of the book in traditional Japan: its place in Japanese history; books as material objects; manuscript cultures; printing; the Edo period book trade; authors and readers; importation and exportation; censorship; libraries and collectors; and bibliographic catalogues.... A handsome and beautifully organized handbook that is sure to inform and stimulate research for many years to come.-- "Journal of Asian Studies"