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An early Japanese classic, possibly dating as far back as A.D. 712, Kojiki is an invaluable sourcebook for students of Japanese history, religion, anthropology, and literature. Completed under the auspices of the Japanese imperial court, it is the oldest extant book in Japan, and its title (literally, "Record of Ancient Things") suggests an account of a still earlier era. It is the court's statement about the origins of the imperial clan and the leading families, and the beginnings of Japan as a nation; at the same time it is a compilation of myths, historical and pseudo-historical narratives and legends, songs, anecdotes, folk etymologies, and genealogies. An earlier translation by Basil Hall Chamberlain published in 1882 is now out of print. This translation relates the translated text to modern scholarship and includes the most recent commentaries. Originally published in 1969. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press.
These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 664 pages
  • 152 x 235 x 33.78mm | 907g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 0691622078
  • 9780691622071
  • 79,912

Table of contents

*Frontmatter, pg. i*Acknowledgements, pg. v*Contents, pg. vii*Translator's Introduction, pg. 1*Preface, pg. 35*Kojiki. Book One, pg. 45*Kojiki. Book Two, pg. 161*Kojiki. Book Three, pg. 299*Appendices, pg. 395*Glossary, pg. 445*Bibliography, pg. 647*Index, pg. 653
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