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

Anthology of norms and sentence of Kong Kwok

This book, entitled Bunsho kihan hyorin 文章規範評林 (Anthology of Norms and Sentence), is the first of a collection of six. The work regroups the main sentences of a famous Han scholar called Kong Kwok (孔安国). I found this anthology in Osaka as well in 2007. It is interesting to notice that the book is dated back to 1860, but the wood printing plate was probably made around 1600.

During Edo era (1604-1687) and Meiji era (1868-1912), among publishers was very common to search and buy old printing plates and through them to reprint as new editions, stories, essays and documents forgotten or lost, in order to save money.

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