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LJS 454 - Seiyō senpaku zukai
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 454 - Seiyō senpaku zukai
Title:
Gunkan zukai.
Seiyō senpaku zukai [manuscript] / Nagasaki Oranda yakushi Motoki Shōei kin'yaku.
Origin:
[Nagasaki, Japan, after 1808]
Physical description:
1 roll (34 sheets) : paper ; 37 x 894 cm.
Summary:
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.
Notes:
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:
軍艦図解.
西洋舩舶圖解 [manuscript] / 長崎和蘭譯司本木正榮謹譯.
軍艦圖解考例
本木正榮, 1767-1822.
水戰軍今大畧紀聞.
 
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