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 Post subject: 400 Years of Go in Japan (and similars)
Post #1 Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:59 am 
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Years ago (possibly about 10), I bought Slate and Shell's book. In some ways, it led me to avoid the publisher for the rest of its life; some titles would tempt me, then I'd look at the edition I had... and pass.

And it's a pity: I do like the subject very much. But the history is sketchy, the trimming[*] uneven. Typesetting, image resolution... you name it. It wasn't any single issue, it was the sheer amount of them. And the games are not commented at all. What remains is a bunch of text and kifu that, these days, are free for the taking.

Anyhow, I was rereading it, and I found that insert with the 3x copyright (Power, Fairbairn, Grant... 3 years after the publication copyright in the page before). There's a story there. Is it public?

Also, is there a similar book (-s) on the history of Go? I can deal with time-restricted books (say, Godokoro until Senchi; Senchi - Shusaku; ...), but I'm not aware of any, right now, unless I count those that focus on the whole life of a single player.

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Post #2 Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:00 am 
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Perhaps try The Go Player's Almanac 2001
Although it's not totally on the history of go, it has pretty good coverage of historical Japanese go.
http://www.kiseidopublishing.com/Almanac.htm#K40

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Post #3 Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:23 am 
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tchan001 wrote:
Perhaps try The Go Player's Almanac 2001
Although it's not totally on the history of go, it has pretty good coverage of historical Japanese go.


I'll look into it, thanks [*].

Aside: does anyone know if the very first game in that book is right? GoGoD's version has the colors swapped after handicap... and makes more sense, from my limited POV.

Thanks, take care.

[*] And thanks for your site. I've been following it on and off since, I think, 2012-13.

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