Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe

About this catalogue - 欧州所在日本古書総合目録について





This project was launched by Peter Kornicki and Hayashi Nozomu in 1988 following the triennial conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies held at Durham in the north of England. It has received the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust, the late Mr Sorimachi Shigeo, the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee, the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge and Robinson College, Cambridge.

The project was formulated by Kornicki and Hayashi. Mr Yamaguchi Yoji was employed as a research assistant for four years and worked mainly on the collections in Paris and Belgium, although he also assisted Kornicki with the collections in Stockholm, Berlin, Naples and Rome. Hayashi covered the collections in the British Library and the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and all the remaining collections were covered by Kornicki. Some collections have not been examined personally, mainly the collections in Germany (except Berlin and Halle) and the Netherlands; in these cases users of the Union Catalogue should refer to the published catalogues for further information. The inputting was done by Kornicki in Cambridge until 2001. Since then the NIJL has taken over the inputting under the direction of Professor Ito Tetsuya. In November 2001 the Union Catalogue become freely accessible on the web; the data retrieval systems were created by Mr Ouchi Hidenori. Data input and revision is continuing.

Many individuals have lent their assistance and support including the late Dr Libuse Bohackova, the late Ken Gardner, the late Mr Sorimachi, Aleksandr Kabanov, Val Hamilton, Hiroko McDermott, Noboru Koyama and countless librarians all over Europe. To them all I express here my hearfelt thanks.