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LJS 454 - Seiyō senpaku zukai
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 454 - Seiyō senpaku zukai
Gunkan zukai.
Seiyō senpaku zukai [manuscript] / Nagasaki Oranda yakushi Motoki Shōei kin'yaku.
[Nagasaki, Japan, after 1808]
Physical description:
1 roll (34 sheets) : paper ; 37 x 894 cm.
Scroll of diagrams and text concerning the construction and compartmentalization of European ships, referred to as battleships, all on the recto side. At the top of the scroll is a thin piece of wood and a tie that wraps around the scroll; a paper label in Japanese is on the verso of the beginning of the scroll. Sheets of a different kind of paper, of the same width but different length, are used for backing.
Ms. roll.
Title from outer label. Translated as "An illustrated guide to Western ships."
Layout: Written in vertical columns of characters perpendicular to the length of the scroll.
Script: Written in Japanese script.
Decoration: 4 detailed full side diagrams of ships, 1 with a top pennant that unfolds above the upper edge of the scroll and 1 with a damaged foldout top pennant; 22 partial diagrams, including ship cross-sections and diagrams of astronomical and navigational equipment; many diagrams rubricated in red, some with syllables that are keyed to text describing the parts or areas of a ship.
Origin: Written in Nagasaki, circa 1800.
Caption title from first preface.
Roll has additional textual content after final image with title "Suisengun kontairyaku kibun."
Cite as:
LJS 454
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania LJS 454
Vernacular script:
西洋舩舶圖解 [manuscript] / 長崎和蘭譯司本木正榮謹譯.
本木正榮, 1767-1822.
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