[Humanist] 28.460 pubs: Japanese juvenile fiction

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 460.
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        Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:01:35 -0400
        From: Molly Des Jardin <mdesjardin at gmail.com>
        Subject: New digital collection at Penn: Japanese Juvenile Fiction


I'm excited to announce that Penn has finished digitization (first stage)
of our Japanese Juvenile Fiction Collection. The novels are in the public
domain and available in full color and high resolution, although not OCRed
for various reasons. They are what we've called "pocket fiction" dating
from the late Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) periods, and are
small, mass-market paperbacks never intended for long-term use or
preservation. Thus Penn's effort has not only made these quite rare books
available to the global research community, but also provided a way to save
them for posterity. We're also embarking on a project to enhance their
cataloging, which can be viewed in the "More Information" tab above the
page images. Penn is the only owner of some of these books in the world.

You can view more information about the collection in Japanese/Korean
library specialist Mike Williams's blog post here:
http://uniqueatpenn.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/early-taisho-japanese-juvenile-pocket-fiction-tachikawa-bunko-and-its-imitators/

And view the collection itself at Print at Penn:
http://devdla.library.upenn.edu/dla/print/search.html?fq=related_names_facet%3A%22Japanese%20Juvenile%20Fiction%20Collection%20%28University%20of%20Pennsylvania%29%22

Please share widely, and enjoy!

Best regards,

Molly C. Des Jardin, PhD
Japanese Studies Librarian
University of Pennsylvania
http://www.mollydesjardin.com
@mdesjardin





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