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Title
Creator
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The Moon-Mad Monk, or Crazy Gazing at the Moon

Titledcterms:title
狂月坊
Creatordc:creator
紀定丸 [撰], 喜多川歌麿 製
Publisherdc:publisher
耕書堂
Issueddcterms:issued
1789
URI
eadl:NDL000003281204

Abstract

  • Shown here is an illustrated anthology, in color, published in 1789 by Tsutaya Jūzaburō (1750−1797), a publisher of the Edo period (1600−1868). It contains 72 kyōka (humorous and satirical Japanese poems of 31 syllables) written about the moon and five pictures painted by the ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro (circa 1753–1806). The title Kyōgetsubō (The moon-mad monk, or crazy gazing at the moon) means a man driven mad by the moon, but it is said to be a reference to the poet Gyōgetsubō (Reizei Tamemori 1265−1328), who is considered the founder of the line of kyōka poets. Ki no Sadamaru (1760–1841) selected the poems and wrote the preface. The pictures all show the moon. The first picture, Akashi, is a scene from Genji Monogatari (The tale of Genji) and depicts Lord Genji looking at the moon from Akashi Bay. The second picture depicts a woodcutter gazing at the moon from the top of a bridge in the ink painting style. The third picture shows tsukimi (moon-viewing) in Yoshiwara. The fourth picture shows the moon peeking out from the side of a mountain while a farming family works in the foreground. The fifth picture shows a palace in the moon. The order of the pictures varies according to the copy of the book. As Utamaro also painted pictures for two other books called Ginsekai (The silver world, about snow) and Fugen-zo (Statue of Fugen, about flowers), this book is considered to be part of a trilogy involving snow, the moon, and flowers. The front cover of this copy was added later, but the title label stuck on it is thought to be the original label. This volume is a first edition containing beautifully printed pictures.(en)

    江戸時代の出版者、蔦屋重三郎(1750-1797)が1789年に刊行した彩色刷絵本。「月」をモチーフとして詠まれた狂歌72首と、浮世絵師喜多川歌麿(1753?-1806)が描いた5図の絵をおさめる。書名の「狂月坊」は、月に狂った人を意味するが、狂歌師の祖とされる歌人、暁月坊(冷泉為守、1265-1328)に因むと言われている。選者は狂歌師の紀定丸(1760-1841)で、序文も彼が書いている。 歌麿の絵は全て月を描く。第1図は、『源氏物語』の「明石」の場面。明石の浦から月をのぞむ源氏の君を描いている。第2図は、橋の上から月を眺める樵を墨絵風に描く。第3図は、吉原の月見の様子。第4図は、立ち働く農夫一家の背景に山の端からのぼる月が見える。第5図は、月の中にあるとされる月宮殿を描く。なお、絵の順序は諸本により異なっている。 この作品は、同じく歌麿が挿絵を描いた『銀世界(ぎんせかい)』(雪)、『普賢像(ふげんぞう)』(花)の2作と合わせて、雪月花三部作とされるもののひとつである。所掲本の表紙は後代の補装であるが、原題簽と思われる題簽が貼付される。刷りが美しい初刷本である。

Metadata

Titledcterms:title
The Moon-Mad Monk, or Crazy Gazing at the Moon(en) , 狂月坊
Creatordc:creator
Ki no, Sadamaru ; Kitagawa, Utamaro(en) , 紀定丸 [撰], 喜多川歌麿 製
Publisherdc:publisher
耕書堂
Issueddcterms:issued
1789
Alternativedcterms:alternative
狂月望
Creatordcterms:creator
http://id.ndl.go.jp/auth/entity/00800817 , http://id.ndl.go.jp/auth/entity/00270473
Datedcterms:date
寛政1(1789)
Subjectdc:subject
狂歌
Languagedc:language
jpn
Data Providereadl:dataProvider
National Diet Library, Japan(en) , 国立国会図書館
Provided Ineadl:providedIn
Japan
Holding Agenteadl:holdingAgent
National Diet Library, Japan(en) , 国立国会図書館
Extenteadl:extent
1帖 ; 25.7×19.1cm
sameAsowl:sameAs
http://id.ndl.go.jp/bib/000003281204
Descriptiondcterms:description
装丁 : 和装, 書名は刷題簽による 序題: 狂月望, 画帖仕立て, 彩色5図, 第31回貴重書等指定委員会指定
Thumbnailfoaf:thumbnail
https://dl.ndl.go.jp/titleThumb/info:ndljp/pid/1288383
Has Vieweadl:hasView
http://id.ndl.go.jp/bib/000003281204
Local Holdingeadl:localHolding
WA32-17
Categoryschema:category
http://eadl.asia/collection/NDL_Other , http://eadl.asia/collection/JapanCollection , http://eadl.asia/collection/NDL_Classical_Material_Collection
Labelrdfs:label
The Moon-Mad Monk, or Crazy Gazing at the Moon(en) , 狂月坊
Digitizedeadl:digitized
eadl:NDL000003281204_DO105

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