Ancient books, manuscripts, and art from the Far East and South East Asia

Mei hitsu jiten 名筆辞典 hand-drawn characters dictionary

This copy was found by a friend of mine in Tokyo in 2008. He saw this dictionary in a dusty shelf of an old library (called furu honya 古本屋 ) and because he knows the value this might have for me, he bought it. Apparently useless, this dictionary is indeed a very useful compendium for people interested in calligraphy studies. It reports four main writing styles for each characters, painted by the most famous calligraphers ( as Wang Xizhi, 王羲之, 303–361) Asia had ever known.

The dictionary was published by Nigensha in 1966, unfortunately, since then, it hasn’t been printed anymore.

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