Late Edo-early Meiji Fiction
These volumes offer a selection of various genres of fiction from the 19th century, for example, yomihon and ninjobon. Yomihon were "books for reading"—so called to distinguish them from works enjoyed mainly for their illustrations; ninjobon were what we might call "romance novels." Although identical in appearance, the earlier publications were block-printed; later volumes were printed with movable type. The Maeda Collection contains more than a thousand volumes of this genre of popular fiction.

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