TAKAHASHI Toru Nagoya University, Graduate School of Letters, Professor, 文学研究科, 教授 (10093048)
ABE Yasuro Nagoya University, Graduate School of Letters, Professor, 文学研究科, 教授 (60193009)
SAKAKIBARA Chizuru Nagoya University, Graduate School of Letters, Research Associates, 文学研究科, 助手 (50313979)
|Budget Amount *help
¥8,900,000 (Direct Cost : ¥8,900,000)
Fiscal Year 2005 : ¥2,000,000 (Direct Cost : ¥2,000,000)
Fiscal Year 2004 : ¥1,800,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,800,000)
Fiscal Year 2003 : ¥1,800,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,800,000)
Fiscal Year 2002 : ¥3,300,000 (Direct Cost : ¥3,300,000)
Humans are the "homo memor mori", the only species among animals with the concept of DEATH, thus a "homo librarius", the kind which saves books for posterity and reads antiquarian books. Therefore, books are the most important components of the cultural assets created by humans, and it is our responsibility to grasp, as clear as possible, the broad overview of books left by our ancestors.
The aim of this research project is to complete and present an unprecedented, "descriptive" bibliographical database on the book collection owned by Nishio City Iwase Library- known as the treasure trove of antiquarian books, and to propose a new type of bibliographical catalogues, to institutions and libraries nationwide. We are preparing a detailed bibliography on every 18,000 pieces of the collection, consisting of elements such as form descriptions, completion or publification data, and its contents. At the moment, after 6 years' intensive research, including the preliminary one, we have completed
the data input of some 11,000 pieces. As an anticipatory model of this database, we have presented the bibliographical database for Nagoya University Jingu- Kogakkan Library in the April of 2005, also undergoing a research. From the problems surfaced, adjustments were made to enhance the content of these databases. Even though there is still a long way ahead, the completion and presentation of the rich and diversified collection of Iwase Library is finally materializing.
Truthfully, as a researcher handling antiquarian books, a strong hesitation remained in the beginning as to presenting the database so full of precious wisdom. However, by coming to contact with the old writings-all of those left by the dead- I realized, with heart, the close relationship of books and the human beings. I now strongly believe that the presentation of the database is very useful in exploiting the books, at the same time returning a favor to those who have left us with them. If this kind of database were to be provided by institutions around the country, the humanities field will surely make a step forward in the new stage. Less