TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 6.5 x 9.25
COMPONENTS: 80 Pages
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Tsushimi Incident


ITEM ID: 5081
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Composite Manuscript of Regulations and Documents

DATE
Decade: 1860s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

According to Peter Francis Kornicki FBA, a English Japanologist and Emeritus Professor of Japanese at Cambridge University and Deputy Warden of Robinson College, Cambridge, “This seems to be a composite manuscript which contain copies of official regulations, various documents, a foreigner’s letter, details of the Tsushima Incident and details of an incident at the Tōzenji temple.

It formerly belonged to somebody called Sugimoto and there are two book ownership seals on the cover. The interesting colophon on the inside back cover says: ‘While on duty in Edo I borrowed this from a certain person and made a copy, in the 4th month of the second year of Bunkyū [1862] … Sugimoto Yoshitaka wrote this.’ I can’t find any trace of this person but he gives here his pen names and from this it is clear that all seals impressed in this book are his.

This added note on the bottom left says ‘Samurai of the domain of Tanabe in Tango Province, written while on duty.’ The Tsushima Incident (1861) involved the Russian warship Posadnik that came to Tsushima, a disputed island between Korea and Japan.

The Tōzenji Incident was the attack on the British Legation in Edo on 5 July 1861.”