The Materiality of Early Modern Japanese Books

February 20, 2019
Special Collections

Doheny Memorial Library, Feuchtwanger Library (Room 206)


Session #1: 9:00–10:30 a.m.

The first session will cover modes of production of early modern books, various evidences of book distribution, modes of consumption, and book designs


Session #2: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

The second session covers the interplay of manuscript and print in early modern Japan


This workshop will offer an opportunity for members of the university to become acquainted with the USC Libraries’ holdings of early modern Japanese woodblock-printed books. It is open to all who are interested in the history of the book, book production and design, and the book as art. Topics that will be covered include the structure, production, distribution, and consumption of books in early modern Japan. The challenges faced when creating bibliographic description of these books will also be addressed.


Dr. Ellis Tinios is a research associate of the Art Research Center at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, and special assistant to the British Museum’s Japanese department. His publications include Understanding Japanese Woodblock-printed Illustrated Books and Japanese Prints: Ukiyo-e in Edo.


Image: Nishikawa Sukenobu, 絵本常盤草 (Ehon tokiwa gasu). Kyoto, 1730.

Ebi Collection, courtesy Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University