Honinbo Shusai – Complete Game Collection Limited Edition


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Original box
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Traditional box for traditionally bound books


Title: Honinbo Shusai – Complete Game Collection Limited Edition
本因坊秀哉全集(全6巻)限定版

Honinbo Shusai was the last hereditary head of the Honinbo school and considered the highest go authority in his prime as Meijin. He played a role in founding the Nihon-Kiin by turning over the Honinbo title which has since been used by the winner of a tournament.

This beautiful set of six traditionally bound volumes collects 755 games of Honinbo Shusai.

Vol 1 Shodan to 4D (140 games)
Vol 2 4D-5D (125 games)
Vol 3 5D-6D (121 games)
Vol 4 6D-8D (119 games)
Vol 5 8D-Meijin (130 games)
Vol 6 Meijin (120 games)

Edited by the Shusai Society (秀哉会) and published by the Nihon Kiin in 1974 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Nihon Kiin. This special edition is limited to 2000 numbered copies. The price of the set when it first came out was JPY63000 for payment by cash and JPY70000 for payment by installments.

Honinbo Shusai was the last hereditary head of the Honinbo school and considered the highest go authority in his prime as Meijin. He played a role in founding the Nihon-Kiin by turning over the Honinbo title which has since been used by the winner of a tournament.

Comment by John Fairbairn from the old GD thread:

Not sure that this should be left on the record unchallenged. Shusai had very little to do with setting up the Nihon Ki-in and he did not help its foundation by “turning over” (actually selling for a very large sum) his Honinbo title, as that happened well over a decade later. Readers of Kamakura will recall Miyasaka Shinji was expecting the title.

We must also recall what Go Seigen said in his interview with Pieter Mioch:

“[Go said:] ‘Was Honinbo Shusai a villain? He was a scoundrel! How the Ki-in manages to deify this person of all people is unbelievable!’

He goes quiet for a moment, then suddenly he declares in a surprisingly loud voice and with much agitation: ‘A villain. He was a villain! He is now praised to the skies by the Ki-in and depicted as one of the heroes of this century, yet – mark you well – he sold his title to the newspapers for mere lucre and bought with it a fair-sized piece of land in Tokyo without giving one cent to the Ki-in or the go world.” And so he goes on… “

More on Shusai at SL: http://senseis.xmp.net/?HoninboShusai

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