Image Database of Texts and Pictures on East Asian Publication Culture

The publication culture such as classic books and literature is one of the important keys for approaching East Asian cultural history and the historiography.

This database selects the most rare materials from various sources such as classic books published during the Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties, picture materials drawn during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Qing dynasty court drama literature, Qing dynasty oral literature collection, and the related European early modern documents to provide the original images through the website. The purpose is to strengthen the foundation of the studies for East Asian publication culture. 

The contents consist of (1) classic East Asian books centered on Chinese books such as Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasty books, (2) Qing dynasty court and folk literary texts, (3) Ming dynasty picture materials, and (4) Natsume Soseki-related literature. Please see "License" and "Terms of Use" for data usage.
[Original collection: Tohoku University Library, Supported by 2013
JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 257001]