Ehon (艶本) materials held by Noriko Itasaka have been released
We are pleased to announce that the entire ehon (艶本) collection of Professor Itasaka Noriko, a researcher of kusazoshi and yomihon with a focus on Kyokutei Bakin, is now available in the Early Japanese Books Portal Database of the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University.
During the Edo period, while gesaku (late Edo period novels) were being published legally, ehon were meanwhile being published behind the scenes.
Professor Itasaka says she was drawn by the 'illegal' nature of ehon and that they showcase the best techniques of the painters, engravers, and printers as craftsmen.
A feature of this collection is that it comprises yomihon and kusazoshi-style works more so than works of renowned ukiyo-e artists. Although there are a few hahon (端本)--incomplete sets of books--included, we hope that the online release of this collection will lead to a deepening of gesaku research.
Note: Please enter '板坂' or '板坂コレクション' in the 'owner'-field to search for this collection.