honkokubon 翻刻本
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Also written 飜刻本. A facsimile or reprint (often in modern typeface) of a manuscript or old book. A reprint of an already published book by means of woodblock printing, anastatic printing, offset printing and so forth. A honkokubon appears in the form of the original book. This can be done by reproducing a book from identical plates, that is a reprinting, or by typesetting. These types of reprinted duplicates of original books are important in research of such areas of Japanese art as *ukiyo-e 浮世絵, particularly because of the difficulty of reading, for example, Edo period written Japanese even for the Japanese themselves. Honkokubon will, however, contain some typographical errors and omissions and constitute secondary sources for the purpose of reference and quoting. In Japan, series of publications and complete collections of miscellaneous records and essays which are thought to be indispensable to research have been and continue to be published in reprinted form. These include collections of *sharebon 洒落本, and *ninjoubon 人情本 as well as miscellaneous essays.


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