《源氏物语》微缩集 Miniature set of Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji)
28卷，16º（70 x 50毫米）原版蓝色纸质包装，木质书匣。
Miniature set of Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji)
Early XIXth century.
28 vols. 16º (70 x 50 mm.) Original blue wrappers on a wooden book case.
The Tale of Genji, recognized as the world’s first novel, traces the life of the radiant Genji, an emperor’s son who loses his mother while still a young child, chronicling his encounters with love, loss, prosperity, and betrayal as well as the lives and romances of his descendants. The tale is an epic work of literature written by a Japanese noblewoman.
Miniature Genji books (mame-hon) were carried in the sleeve of kimonos and they became so popular that started to represent a pattern of good fortune.