Chunqiu Gongyang zhuan (春秋公羊傳). Gongyang Commentary on the Spring and Autumn Annals.
Gift of Xia Wei and Soren Edgren.
Printing in two colors (red and black) began in China during the mid-Yuan period (1271–1368). But multicolor printing with three or more colors became popular only during the late Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Min Qiji was from one of two lineages of publishers who specialized in color printing during this time. He published this copy of the Gongyang Commentary on the Spring and Autumn Annals, which is printed in black, with blue and red used for punctuation and notes via the taoban multiblock technique; separate blocks were cut to print each color.
From the collection of Rare Book School