Bussetsu Jizo bosatsu hosshin Innen Juokyo [trans.: The Buddha's Discourse on the Ten Kings of Karma and the Awakening of Ksitgarbha Bodhisattva].
by TOKUSEN, artist.
Four double-page & 15 single-page illus. 30 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. patterned blue wrappers (rubbed), printed title label on upper cover, modern stitching. N.p.: 1594 [but most probably 18th century]. "The Ten Kings was actually written in China more than ten centuries after the Buddha's death and is not part of the traditional canon. This never diminished its popularity, however. There were many versions. This one, with its fifteen judges, is clearly based on the Chinese materials but may have been written in Japan (in Chinese, but with grammatical aids for Japanese readers) between the tenth and thirteenth centuries."-Keyes, Ehon. The Artist and the Book in Japan (NYPL), 5. This book, first published with woodcuts in 1594, went through many printings well into the 19th century. Our edition most closely corresponds to the Indiana University copy (number 5.2 in the bibliographical section of Keyes's book) which is dated "18th century or later." We believe it is an 18th-century printing based on the appearance of the original wrappers. Fine copy. ❧ Brown, Block Printing & Book Illustration in Japan, p. 22-"The book was written by the Chinese priest Zosen, and, according to the colophon in the Japanese edition, was published in China in the year 1582. Afterwards drawings were made from the Chinese originals by the Japanese priest Tokusen, and the work was republished in Bunroku 3, or 1594." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5226)
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