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Nihon koten bungaku taikei. Iwanami Shoten. 100 volumes, 2 supplements (see under section IX for information on the supplements). Call no:  910.82 N574.
The Iwanami NKBT, as it is commonly known, is generally regarded as the standard authority for primary textual material from the pre‑modern period. Citations of primary texts are usually made from this source. The exact format varies, but usually there is a commentary in front of each text (in the first volume of a multi‑volume text), and, in the back, an extremely precise,  line-by-line exposition of every textual variant (in each volume of a multi-volume text).

Nihon koten bungaku taikei sakuin.  Iwanami Shoten, 1963‑1969. 2 vols. (Nihon koten bungaku taikei bekkan). Call no.: REF 910.82 N574 Suppl 1 & 2. IHJ: 1518.
Part one covers NKBT volumes 1‑66, while part two covers NKBT 67‑100; each part is divided into three sections: an index of words and subjects; an index of waka, haiku, and kayô; and a listing of the table of contents of each volume of the NKBT, including the editors' names, the chapters, maps, pictures, critical essays, and so on. 

Nihon koten bungaku zenshû. Shôgakkan, 1970‑1976. 60 vols. Call no.: 910.82 N5746.
The Shôgakkan NKBZ is the newer of the two complete sets. Fine‑tuned material like the textual variants is missing, but a number of indexes in the back of each volume make reading and finding passages easy. In terms of readability, the modern translation that occupies the lower quarter of the page throughout every text can be extremely helpful.  Furthermore, the punctuation is much less obtrusive in the Shôgakkan than in the Iwanami. The headnotes are saved for additional information, which is sometimes more extensive than that in the Iwanami.

Shin Nihon koten bungaku taikei. Iwanami Shoten, 1989‑. Call no.: shelved individually.
This has extensive coverage, especially of Edo texts that are not covered in the NKBT. The critical essays are more up-to-date and each volume includes a good bibliography. The index is also very valuable for research. Satake Akihiro, et. al. eds., Sōmokuroku, Shin Nihon koten bungaku taikei (Iwanami shoten, 2005), Call no.: PL753.S54 1989 index.

Shinpen Nihon koten bungaku zenshû.  Shôgakkan, 1994‑. Call no.: PL753 .S55 1994.
This is the Shogakukan more recent version of the NKBZ. The format is similar, but the volumes now sport up‑to‑date bibliographies (some cursory, some astonishingly thorough).

Shinchô Nihon koten shûsei.  Shinchôsha. Shelved individually.
A standard collection edited by well‑known scholars, whose notes and differing choices of variant texts make them useful supplements to the other compendia.

Kanshô Nihon koten bungaku. 35 vols. Kadokawa Shoten. Shelved individually. 
Although these books should not be cited as sources of research, they can be useful to those who are studying for orals or who need to be able to teach others about books they have yet to read themselves. The excerpts are longer than those in the Kenkyû shiryô Nihon koten bungaku series, with footnotes, modern translation, brief discussion of the importance of the excerpt, and connecting summary; there is also an overview and summary of the entire work in each introduction, and a series of ten brief essays on key topics in the back of each volume. A fairly good bibliography follows. 

Nihon shisō taikei (NST). Iwanami shoten. Shelved individually.
Important series for religious and philosophical treatises, but also includes a number of major literary texts and treatises (by Zeami, Kamo no Mabuchi, Motoori Norinaga, Arai Hakuseki, etc.).


Nihon kindai bungaku taikei. ** Kadokawa shoten. 60 vols. Call no: 910.82 N5754. 
This is the most recent and best annotated collection of modern Japanese literature. It is especially useful for early Meiji texts, such as Tsubouchi Shôyô's novel Tôsei shosei katagi, which are sometimes more difficult to read than even much older classical texts. Each volume includes a kaisetsu treating the authors included.

Gendai Nihon bungaku taikei. Chikuma shobô. About 100 vols.

Meiji bungaku zenshû. ** 99 vols + index.  Chikuma shobô, 1969‑89. Call no.:  910.82 M473.
Although not annotated, this collection encompasses an enormous range of texts, including essays and historical writing from the period.  Each volume has a selected bibliography at the back.

Kindai bungaku hyôron taikei. ** 10 vols.  Kadokawa shoten, 1971‑75. Call. no.:  910.207 K575.
A compendium of literary essays and literary criticism from the Meiji period onward which is useful in tracing the history of literary movements and of the criticism of modern literature. Vols. 1‑3, Meiji; vols. 4‑5, Taishô; vol. 6, Taishô/Shôwa; vol. 7, Shôwa; vol. 8, shiron, karon, hairon; vol. 9, Engekiron; vol. 10, nenpyô.

Shôwa hihyô taikei. Ed. Muramatsu, Saeki, et. al.,Banchô shobô, 1968. 4 vols.
Comprehensive. Best anthology for Shôwa criticism. Covers both literary and cultural criticism.    

Gendai Nihon bungaku ronsôshi. Ed. Hirano Ken, et. al., 1956. 3 vols.
Excellent. Primary sources of major literary and cultural debates since the late Taishô period.


Shinpen kokka taikan. ** Kadokawa Shoten, 1983‑1987. 10 volumes. Call no.: PL 758 .S4955 1983. (Revised edition of the Kokka taikan, 1931).

Shinpen kokka taikan (CD-ROM ver. 2). Kadokawa shoten, 2003. CD-ROM. Call no.: PL758.K7835 2006.
A must for high speed use and different types of searches. See dedicated Japanese-language CD-ROM in general catalogue area.
This work collects and indexes the entire corpus of classical poetry composed in waka form through the end of the medieval era. Each of the ten volumes is divided into two parts, the first collecting the texts of the poems and the second providing an index. The classification is as follows:  
1)     Chokusenshû (Imperial Collections), e.g. Kokinshû, Shinkokinshû
2)     Shisenshû I (Collections edited privately without imperial sanction), e.g.  Manyôshû, Kokin Rokujô.
3)     Shikashû I (Personal collections of individual authors)  
4)     Shikashû II and Teisûka I (more personal collections and sequences with fixed numbers of poems)
5)     Utaawase I, Kagakushû, Monogatari, Nikki, etc. (Poems composed for poetry contests, collections of exemplary poems, and poems occurring in the prose contexts of stories, diaries, etc.)
6)     Shisenshû II (more privately edited collections as in no. 2 above as well as variant texts). 
7)     Shikashû III (more personal collections plus variant texts). 
8)     Shikashû IV
9)     Shikashû V
10)   Utaawase II, Supplement

Hachidaishū series (fully annotated series from Kokin wakashū to the Shinkokin wakashū) in the Shin Nihon koten bungaku taikei series (Iwanami shoten, particularly the index: Hachidaishū sōsakuin.
SNKBT. Iwanami shoten, 1989, edited by Kubota Jun. Call no: PL753.S54 1989 supplement.

Nihon kagaku taikei. ** Sasaki Nobutsuna, ed.  Kazama Shobo, 1957. Main edition and sequel. Call no.: 911.208 Sa7.
This is a very important multi-volume source of poetic treatises and commentaries on waka.  
        Shikashû taisei.
        Heianchô utaawase taisei. Meiji shoin.
        Kinsei waka senshû shûsei. Ueno Yôzô, ed. Meiji shoin.
        Nihon kayô shûsei. Main edition and sequel.
        Koten haibungaku taikei. Hisamatsu Senichi, Imoto Noichi, eds. Shûeisha. Showa 45-47.
        Haiku taikan. Meiji shoin. Showa 46.
        Kyôka taikan. Meiji shoin. Showa 58.

Haifû yanagidaru zenshû. Sanseido. 1976-78. 12 vols. Call no: PL 760 .H3 1976.
Haifu yanagidaru zenshû sakuin hen
. 1984. With index. Call no.: REF PL 760 H32.

See also entry on Poetic Words and Literary Places Dictionaries.


Yôkyoku taikan. 7 volumes. Meiji shoin. 1930-31. Call no: PL 735.5 .Y5 S23.
Still one of the most comprehensive collections of Noh drama, with reliable notes and introductions.

Muromachi jidai monogatari taisei. 13 volumes. Matsumoto Ryûshin, et. al., ed. Kadokawa shoten. 1973-1985. Call no: PL 777.3 .Y63.

Kana-zôshi shûsei. Aasakura Haruhiko, ed. 27 volumes. Tôkyôdô shuppan. 1980-. Call no: PL 777.4 K35.

Sharebon taisei. Mizuno Minoru, ed. Chûô kôronsha. 1978-88. 30 volumes. Call no: PL 777 .35 .S5

Hanashibon taikei. 20 vol. Tôkyôdô shupan. 1975-1980. Call no: PL 776.H33

Nihon zuihitsu taisei. Yoshikawa kôbunkan. 1993-94. 12 volumes. AC 145 .N544 1996.
Nihon zuihitsu taisei. Bekkan. Yoshikawa kôbunkan. 1996. Call no: AC 145 .N544 1996.

Zoku Nihon zuihitsu taisei, Bekkan. 12 volumes. Yoshikawa kôbunkan. 1981-83. Call no: AC 145 .N546

Nihon zuihitsu sakuin.  Ôta Tamesaburô, compiler. Iwanami Shoten, (originally 1925), 1963. Call no.: REF AI 19.J3 O82 1925.
Zoku Nihon zuihitsu sakuin. (1932), 1963. Call no.: REF AI 19.J3 O822 1932. /S: X‑5;  IHJ: 1520.
Two indexes to Edo period zuihitsu.  At the front of each volume appears a list of the essays covered along with author, and the date and location of the modern katsuji version he has used. Entries cover a wide range of topics including people's names and sources of kotowaza.  The first volume covers 214 works, while the Zoku covers 178.


Zenshû sôsho saimoku sôran: Koten‑hen.  Kokuritsu kokkai toshokan, 1973, 1977, 1989. Call no.: REF. Z 3304.2 .K64 1973.  
This is the index for a catalog which lists tables of contents for complete works (zenshû) and series (sôsho) of classical Japanese literature. Part 1 lists tables of contents, part 2 (sakuin) is a index by title of works, and part 3 (zoku hen) is a 1989 expansion with tables of contents and title index in one volume.

Gendai Nihon bungaku sôran shiriizu.  Nichigai Associates. 1982‑1995. Call no.: Z 3308 .L8 G46.
This multi-volume series is very useful. The first 11 volumes are as follows:  1.Tables of contents for general zenshû, 2. Author index for general zenshû, 3. Title index of works in general zenshû, 4.Tables of contents for zenshû of individual authors, 5. Title index for zenshû of individual authors, 6. Tables of contents for poetry zenshû, 8. Title index for poetry zenshû, 9. Tables of contents for general zenshû (1993 expansion); 10. Author index for general zenshû (1993 expansion): 11. Title index for general zenshû (1993 expansion).

[Sakkamei kara hikeru] Nihon bungaku zenshû annai. Call no.: REF Z3308 .L5 S323 1984.
[Sakuhinmei kara hikeru] Nihon bungaku zenshû annai.  Nichigai Associates, 1984.  Call no: REF Z3308 .L5 S325 1984  M/S: X‑7, X‑8.
[Sakuhinmei kara hikeru Nihon bungaku] Hyôron, shisôka kojin zenshû annai.  Call no.: REF Z3308 .L5 S3244 1992.
[Sakuhinmei kara hikeru Nihon bungaku] Sakka, shôsetsuka kojin zenshû annai.  Call no.: REF Z3308 .L5 S3246 1992.
[Sakuhinmei kara hikeru Nihon bungaku] Shiika, haijin kojin zenshû annai.  Nichigai Associates, 1992. Call no.: REF Z3308 .L5 S3246 1992.
These volumes are distillations from the multi‑volume Gendai Nihon bungaku sôran shiriizu.  Unless your author is very obscure, this is likely to include what you are looking for. 

Kokuritsu kokkai toshokan Zenshû sôsho saimoku sôran: Koten hen, 1973. Koten hen sakuin, 1977. Call no.: Z3304.2 K64 1973.
Covers from Meiji to 1970, showing the contents of all zenshû and serial collections.
Kokuritsu kokkai toshokan Zenshû sôsho saimoku sôran: Koten hen zoku
, 1989. Call no.: Z3304.2 K64. Continuation of the above, covering 1971-1985.

Zenshû sôsho sômokuroku. 1945-1990. Nichigai associates.
See Vol V (Geijutsu, gengo, bungaku) and VI (Index). Helpful but does not include detailed table of contents.


Kokusho sômokuroku. 国書総目録 ** 9 volumes. Iwanami shoten. 1963-1976,
Kokusho sômokuroku, 9 volumes. Revised edition. Iwanami shoten, 1989-1991. Call no: REF Z 3301 .K642 1989.
Use this to find out which library holds a particular original manuscript or early printed text and where reprints can be found.  A catalogue of catalogues.

Kotenseki sôgô mokuroku. 古典籍総合目録 **Iwanami shoten. 1990. 3 volumes. Call no: REF Z 3301 .K643 1990.
This is basically a sequel to Kokusho sômokuroku, giving information up though the 1970s. Invaluable information about the title, number of volumes, alternative titles, editors, date of composition, location of original manuscripts, early printing, photo-reprints, modern printed editions, etc.

The paper editions of Kokusho sōmokuroku and Kotenseki sōgō mokuroku have been largely superseded by the NIJL (National Institute of Japanese Literature) online Nihon kotenseki sôgô mokuroku: http://base1.nijl.ac.jp/~tkoten/about.html **

Kokusho jinmei jiten. 1993-1999. Ichiko Teiji, et. al, ed. Iwanami shoten. Call no: Z3301.K799 1993.
A companion to the two previous references and an invaluable resource for information on obscure authors (NOT included in the NIJL database).

Kokubungaku fukusei honkoku shomoku sôran.  Ichiko Teiji and Ôsone Shôsuke. Nihon koten bungakukai kichôbon kankôkai, 1982, and Zokuhen (1989). Call no: REF Z3308.L5 I28 1982.  IHJ: 1 500.
An important addition to Kotenseki sôgô mokuroku since it adds reprints from the 1970s up to the 1980s.

Koten bungaku zenshū, honkokusho, kenkyūsho sōmokuroku. Ishiguro Kichijirō ed. Nichigai Asoshieetsu, 1996. Call no: REF Z3308.L5 K68 1996.
General catalog of books, moveable type editions, and manuscript editions of Japanese literature. Good supplement to the above resources.