Short Biographies of Eminent Japanese
in Ancient and Modern Times

by Miki Teicki

Teicki (Teiichi) Miki:
Short Biographies of Eminent Japanese in Ancient and Modern Times, each with a characteristic illustration. The Japanese and Chinese by Miki Teicki, the English by Takahashi Kyushundo, 2 volumes, Tokyo, 8vo (7 x 10 in - 17.5 x 25,2 cm), volume 1 - Meiji 20 (1887), volume 2 - Meiji 22 (1890), stiff wraps, paste on titles in English (front) and Japanese (back), folded pages (text), string tied Kangxi Binding, each volume with 10 biographies and 10 associated color woodblock plates. The biographies are in English, Japanese and Chinese. The biographies in volume 1 are: Saigo Takamori, Kato Kiyomasa, Kusunoki Masashige, Hojo Tokimume, Taira no Shigemori, Minamoto no Yoshiie, Wage no Kiyomaro, Takenouchi no Sukune, Jingu Kogu and Yamatotake no Mikoto. A partial listing of the the biographies in volume 2 includes Iwakura Tomomi, Murasaki Shikibu, Sugawara no Michizane and Prince Shotuko.

While advertisements state an intent to publish ten volumes in this series, only two have been confirmed.

A slighly different version of the first two volumes has been offered by a bookseller. According to the description, the volumes have English text (no mention of Chinese & Japanese text) and the illustrations also contain Japanese (Kanji) text. These books were also published in 1887 and 1890.


Inside Title (conitinued)



Example of English Text Page (Saigo Takamori)

Example of Chinese Text Page (Saigo Takamori)

Example of Japanese Text Page (Saigo Takamori)

List of Biographies in Volume 1.

  1. Saigo Takamori
  2. Kato Kiyomasa
  3. Kusunoki Masashige
  4. Hojo Tokimume
  5. Taira no Shigemori
  6. Minamoto no Yoshiie
  7. Wage no Kiyomaro
  8. Takenouchi no Sukune
  9. Jingu Kogu
  10. Yamatotake no Mikoto

Woodbock Plates

Saigo Takamori
[no image available]

Kato Kiyomasa

Kusunoki Masashige
[no image avilable]

Hojo Tokimume

Taira no Shigemori

Minamoto no Yoshiie

Wage no Kiyomaro

Takenouchi no Sukune

Jingu Kogu

Yamatotake no Mikoto


Printed: Meiji 20(1887).9.9
Published: Meiji 20(1887).10

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