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Title:  Le Dit Du Genji - Illustré par la peinture traditionnelle Japonaise

Three volume set  

Author:  by Murasaki-Shikibu 



OUT-OF-PRINT HARDCOVER EDITION  (paperback edition is still in print)    



Distinction from the Japanese Ministry of Culture, 2009

On March 11, 2009, the Publisher, Diane de Selliers received an exceptional distinction from the Japanese Ministry of Culture for the edition of the Tale of Genji by Murasaki-shikibu illustrated by traditional Japanese painting XIIth and in the XIIth century.  


Lavishly illustrated with 520 paintings and 450 color details with many works published in the West for the first time.*  
Three volumes bound in full cloth and one booklet in an illustrated box, 1312 pages (all three volumes).   




Format: Hardcover 
Book condition:  Like New (all three volumes and booklet) 
Cover: Like New (all three volumes and booklet)
Slipcase condition: Like New 


"The Tale of Genji is considered the first psychological novel in the world. In medieval Japan, Murasaki-shikibu recounts the turbulent love and political adventures of Prince Genji the Radiant. This exceptional dive into the refined atmosphere of the imperial court is magnified by 520 paintings and 450 commented details which illustrate the 3 volumes of this edition, a splendid tribute to Japanese literature and art." 


*Unpublished works in the West


"After seven years of unprecedented iconographic research and more than 2,500 paintings identified, 520 color works from the 10th to the 10th century among the most remarkable, and mostly unpublished in the West, have been selected, along with 450 details. All of the oldest scroll fragments surviving from the XIIth century and classified as “National Treasures” in Japan are reproduced in this edition.


Exceptional permissions have allowed us to publish works from the Japanese Imperial collections, monasteries, private and national museums, foundations and private collections around the world." 


- From the Publisher  


"This monumental edition, presented in the "reference book" category, was rewarded for the exceptional nature of the iconography that accompanies the text: 520 works from the XIIth to the XVIIth century, mostly unpublished in the West, chosen from among 2,500 paintings identified across the world. Five hundred iconographic commentaries, written by Estelle Leggeri-Bauer, a specialist in Japanese narrative painting, also enlighten the reader throughout the book on the relationship between text and image, symbolism, religion, etc." 


Publisher:  Diane Selliers, 2008 

Language: ‎ French

Hardcover: ‎ 1312 pages (all three volumes and booklet)  


If you have any questions, please contact us, and we will be happy to provide further information. 


Thank you!

Le Dit Du Genji De Murasaki-Shikibu - Illustré par la peinture traditionnelle Ja

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