Go books of the Edo period


THIS IS AN extract from a page describing almost 100 go books of the Edo period (some of which are used in the GoGoD material).

    Gengen Gokyou Rigenshou

"Explanation of the Gengen Gokyou in Proverbs" by Kawakita Meihei. This relates to the Kan'ei edition of the classic - see above. It became notorious both for its difficulty and for misreading the character head for neck in the position known as Pressing the Divine Head, an error that has been much perpetuated.
1753 (Horeki 3)
3 volumes (upper/middle/lower), 170 pages
Publisher: Yasuda Kahee
    Kantan Matane no Yume

"Dreaming at Hantan" by Hirai Naooki. The title is an allusion to a Chinese story. There was a man of Handan [Kantan] in Zhili, called Lusheng, who had a dream in which he married a fine wife, gained wealth and honours, and died at the ripe old age of 80. But then he woke up and even the millet that was being prepared for his supper was not yet cooked. The usual allusion is to dreaming of wealth. The book is a combination of fiction and a register of amateur go players.
1758 (Horeki 8)
5 volumes (1~5), 185 pages
Publisher: Masuya Chubee
    Ekisei Tsuubiho

"Yi Zheng Thoroughly Revised" by Chen Jiru. A revision of a Ming dynasty Chinese book Yi Zheng (Go Principles) by Yong Haoru, who was born in 1583. was well known for his cleverness. The author of this edition was also a Ming Chinese scholar, who went by various styles, including the one in this book, A Man of Eyebrows [i.e. old man] in the Clouds. It has 55 joseki diagrams, 20 games, 114 tsumego and 32 endgame problems.
1773 (An'ei 2)
3 volumes (upper/middle/lower), 157 pages
Publisher: Asai Shoemon
    Godou Ouhiroku

"Record of the Secrets of the Way of Go" by Kaneko Seigen. Although a single volume, it is really two, each of 17 pages, bound together. The first is printed solid text. The second is handwritten and covers variations of the ogeima star-point joseki. Part of the text is a reproduction of a diploma from Honinbo Dochi to Nakamura Genseki, who was originally a pupil of Dosaku. It is especially valuable as no games of Genseki are extant.
1780 (An'ei 9)
Single volume, 34 pages
Publisher: unknown


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