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1.[BOTANICAL] HASEGAWA Tokutaro, editor. KACHO SOMOKU GAFU Zen. Osaka, Bunkodo. Originally published in Meiji 14 [1881], it would appear this version appeared soon thereafter. Original covers and title label. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. 25.2 x 16.7 cm. There are 40 pages of well-printed color illustrations of flowers. The covers are worn and a few pages are separated at the fore-edge fold, but good overall. Unusual book. Complete.

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2.[CREPE PAPER BOOK] Jules Adam. JAPANESE STORY-TELLERS. Tokyo, Japan: Published by T. HASEGAWA, (17 Kami Negishi, 2nd Printing Meiji 45, [1912]). Translated by Osman Edwards from the French. Medium format, 19.2 x 13.7 cm, tassel-bound creped paper paper book, illustrated in color woodblock throughout. [32] pp. including covers. Fascinating account of Japanese and foreign hanashika storytellers. A fresh and bright, near fine copy of one of the scarcer Hasegawa titles.

$385.00

 

 

 

 

 

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3.[CREPE PAPER BOOK] Kimura Shotaro & Peake, Charlotte M. A., translators. SWORD AND BLOSSOM POEMS FROM THE JAPANESE. Volumes I II III. Tokyo, 38 Yotsuya Hommura: T. Hasegawa, Meiji 41 [1908] Printed by Kaneko Tokujirô. 18.1 x 12.3 cm. Volume one is a second printing from 1909 after the first of 1907, the second and third volumes are from 1908 and 1910, first editions. Covers are creped paper over padded boards. Contents are printed on uncreped paper. Fine condition throughout, in a (publisher's?) clasped chitsu case. Volumes two and three are quite scarce, a full set even more so.

$950.00

 

 

 

 

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4.[CREPE PAPER BOOKS] Kate James. Japanese Fairy Tale Series No.18 THE OGRE'S ARM. Hasegawa: #3 Maruya-chô, Tokyo, Meiji 22 [1889]. Plain paper format, 18.1 x 12.2 cm, fairy tale, the string binding is missing, Covers are chipped. One stained page, else internally clean, very good impression. The Maruya-chô address indicates this is a very early printing.

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5.[DESIGN BOOKS] Yamashita KORIN. HANAGATA. 4 vols. Kyoto, Honda Ichijiro, et al. Meiji 32-3, [1899-1900] 25.5 x 36.7 cm. String- bound Japanese-style fukuro-toji. The four seasons are represented in 155 full page oban size prints of kimono designs. The set is internally in fine condition, lovely printings. The covers of the spring and summer volumes have some oxidation, but otherwise a truly lovely set. Honda Ichijiro is the printer/publisher who went on to start the important house, Unkindô, and join Unsôdô thereafter. It appears that Louise Brown saw a single volume of this set in Japan [Brown, page 203]. Though individual incomplete volumes of this set occasionally appear, a full set, complete, like this one are scarce, indeed. In the original publisher's chitsu clasped case.

$7,250.00

 

 

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6.[DESIGN] Hishita Matabei. YUSHIKIFU MONYO 3 vols., Kyoto, Uchida Bijutsu Showa 10 [1935]. Orihon, folding album, printed paper over boards, printed paper title labels. 31.4 x 22.2 cm., Delicate color woodblock printed designs throughout. Paper a bit browned, else very good in the original publisher's clasped chitsu case (w/o clasps). Complete.

$1,750.00

 

 

 

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7.[DESIGN] KOSUGI Sugimura & YOKOI Tokifuyu, designers. DAI NIHON BIJUTSU ZUFU 8 vols. Tôkyô, Yoshikawa Hanshichi, Meiji 34 [1901]. 4 plate volumes, orihon folding albums illustrated with 154 pages of color woodcut. 25.1 x 18.5 cm and 4 text volumes, string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Very unusual complete. A lovely compendium of traditional design. A bit of waterstaining to two of the text volumes, else very good colors, impression and condition.

$1,750.00

 

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8.[DESIGN] SHIMOMURA Tamahiro [Gyokko], designer. CHO-CHO SHIKI. Kyoto, Unsodo, Meiji 45 [1912]. Oblong ribbon-bound printed boards. 21.6 x 30.8 cm. Shimomura, though a very important figure in the design world of Kyoto, was by no means prolific and this is one of his scarcer works. Though these designs in a "butterfly- style" are quite daring, and the book edited by Honda Ichijiro, himself. all but two of the prints are reproduced in b+w collotype. There are two fullpage prints in hand-printed color woodblock that are truly stunning. The covers are worn, but the interior is clean throughout. Very unusual book.

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9.[DESIGN] TANI Chiyuki, designer. Shinshû KATTO ZUANSHU. Matsuki Shoten, Tokyo, Shôwa 9 [1934]. Large 8vo. in decorated paper over boards binding, 78 pp. of Deco b+w "cuts" as used in advertising at the time. Very good condition throughout.

$375.00

 

 

 

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10.[DESIGN] Tsuda SEIFU. ZUANSHU 5 vols. Kyoto: Honda Ichijiro, Meiji 33-4 [1900-1]. 5 [of 8] volumes: We offer volume nos. 1, 4, 5, 6, & 7. Tassel-bound printed paper covers. 25 x 17.7 cm. A series of designs by the young Tsuda Seifu [1880-1978], who became one of the foremost Japanese artists of the 20th century. Each volume has 10 lavishly printed and overprinted designs in color and metallic inks, for a total of 50 images. Superb early impressions of remarkable rarity. About fine save for some slight edgewear.

$3,500.00

 

 

 

 

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11.[EHON] Asai Chû, artist. TOSEI FUZOKU GOJU-BAN UTA-AWASE. [Modern Customs in a Comparison of 50 Pairs of Poems]. Tokyo: Yoshikawa Hanshichi, Meiji 40 [1907] 2 vols., 24.7 x 18.4 cm. 50 pairs of caricatures, with accompanying poems, all in color woodcut. Save some very slight worming, the overall condition, impressions and colors are very good. This is a copy of the first edition, which preceded the Unsôdô of Kyoto reprint from the original blocks. Asai Chû (1856-1907) was one of the two (with Kuroda Seiki) most important oil painters of late Meiji era Japan. This work is in his "Haiga" literati mode and represents his most important foray into book illustration. Ref: Mitchell, p.534. A very good copy of an important book, the covers are a bit mottled.

$2,250.00

 

 

 

 

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12.[EHON] Hatta KOSHU, artist. KOSHU GAFU. Kyoto: Yoshidaya Shimbei, Bunsei 7 [1824]. String bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji with original blue-grey covers embossed with interlocking octagons, title slip printed in black on buff. 33 sheets, 5 pp. preface with 30 sheets of color illustrations in Shijô style. This is the second issue of the work, printed by the same publisher as the original edition of 1812. The impressions and colors are good to very good, a careful job throughout. The covers are a bit worn and the title slip somewhat faded and stained but the contents are in very good condition. A lovely copy of an important Shijô school book by a direct disciple of Maruyama Okyo. [See Mitchell, p. 378; Hillier, Vol.2 pp. 711-2; Hillier/Ravicz, p. 42; Holloway, p. 100.]

$1,750.00

 

 

 

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13.[EHON] Ichiyosai Toyokuni, artist. TOYOKUNI TOSHIDAMA HITSU. Owari [Nagoya]: Minoya Iroku & Minoya Bunjiro, n.d. String-bound Japanese-style [fukuro-toji], orange covers, paper label, 22.9 x 15.5 cm, 50 pp. of color woodcuts after Toyokuni. Referring to Forrer, pp 243, 244, this would appear to be a later impression. [1850's?] The impressions are fair to good, colors good, condition very good. Interesting manga-like images with a few larger compositions that illustrate the artist's genius at composition. Complete as issued.

$250.00

 

 

 

 

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14.[EHON] Imao KEINEN. KEINEN KACHO GAFU. Kyoto: Tanaka Jihei. Meiji 24-25 [1891-2]. 4 vols., each approx. 35.5 x 25.1 cm. Stringbound, fukuro-toji, Japanese style. Vol.1 [Spring] has 31 color woodblock prints of birds and flowers, of which 7 are huge double page prints. Vol.2 [Summer] has 32 plates, of which 8 are double page. Vol.3 [Autumn] has 38 prints, of which 4 are double page. Vol.4 [Winter] has 34 plates, of which 4 are double page, and one is a four page spread. The prints are very clean, the colors delicate and the printing quality is very good. These original Tanaka Jihei issues (which preceded the Unsodo versions) have become quite scarce, complete sets even more so. With Japanese marginal numbering of the plates. The covers are original, with the titles directly printed there. All in a later clasped chitsu. 4 vols., complete.

$5,500.00

 

 

 

 

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15.[EHON] Kawamura BUMPO & Watanabe NANGAKU. KAIDO KYOKA AWASE . Naniwa [Osaka]: Kawachiya Kihei & Teito [Kyôto]: Yoshidaya Shimbei, Bunka 8 [1811]. 25.9 x 17.8 cm. yellow-brown covers, string-bound, fukuro-toji, printed paper title label. See Mitchell 324-5 for more on this bibliographically complex book. Resembles his "B" example in one volume. Hard to establish a chronology of the various issues as they all have the same colophon. There is a 4 page Yoshidaya Shimbei catalogue bound into the back of the book. Very good impressions, lovely delicate colors. A wonderful collaboration from these two great artists, alternating their designs in succession. Quite an unusual book. In a custom tied case.

$1,750.00

 

 

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16.[EHON] Kawamura BUMPO, artist. BUMPO GAFU Zen. Osaka & Kyoto: Yanagihara Kihi and Yoshida Shimbei, Zodiacally dated Bunka 4 [1807]. 31 sheets, 30 double page illustrations, most with light colors. Original blue-grey covers with octagon design, bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji, with a printed paper title label. 26.0 x 18.0 cm. The first series of a continuing work originally projected for ten volumes, which was completed in three. Good or better impressions, good colors, and good condition, save that the back cover is somewhat "skinned" and the covers and label are worn and soiled. With a four page Yoshidaya Shimbei advertisement bound in at the back which indicates a somewhat later date of issue for this printing [after 1813].

$950.00

 

 

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17.[EHON] Kawamura BUMPO, artist. BUMPO GAFU Sampen. Osaka & Kyoto: Kawachiya Kihei & Yoshidaya Shimbei, Bunka 10 [1813]. Original brown covers with octagon-patterned covers, title label, bound Japanese-style fukuro toji. 26.1 x 17.7 cm. 1 preliminary and 35 paginated sheets, 4 sheets of Yoshida Shimbei ads. Illustrations with light colors. The third series of a continuing work originally projected for ten volumes, which was completed in three. Good or better impressions, good colors, good condition overall. With a descriptive label laid down on the front cover, done by a Western collector that references Brown. Very collectible example of this book.

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18.[EHON] Kawamura MINSETSU, artist. HYAKU FUJI. Kyôto, Ôsaka & Edo, Meiwa 8 [1771]. 17.3 x 27.1 cm. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. The original edition in four volumes with blue-grey covers and printed horizontal lines and original printed title labels. A bit of thumbing to the covers. Clean inside, with a few very faint stains, good impressions. A lovely sketchbook on the theme of Fuji, and an inspiration for Hokusai's great FUGAKU HYAKKEI, [Kerlen 591; Ryerson 399] The collation matches the example in Kerlen exactly, and each mountain scene is identified and has a verse.

$7,500.00

 

 

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19.[EHON] Kawanabe Kyôsai, artist. KYOSAI RAKUGA. (By Kawanabe Tôiku) Tokyo: Takeda Den'emon, Morita Tetsugoro. 1881. 2 volumes (complete), 22.2 x 14.6 cm, bound album style with 17 double page color woodcut images in each volume. Though the original covers are a bit worn and soiled the contents are very good. The impressions and colors range from good to very good. With the original seals on each double page spread. Mitchell [p.940] finds the RAKUGA "Kyôsai's finest work in book form", and Brown [p.196] "the rarest of Kyôsai's books" (along with the HYAKU [sic] GADEN). Kyôsai is, of course, an important figure in the history of the woodblock illustrated book, and some of the images from this book have become important elements of the visual canon of Meiji era art.

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20.[EHON] Kono BAIREI, artist. BAIREI GAKAN. 7 volumes, Kyoto, Unsodo, Taisho 2 [1913] We have had a copy in the past with a stamped colophon of Osaka-based Shigemoto, dated 1903. The preface is dated 1904. (The copy catalogued [at second hand?] at page 216 of Mitchell was without date). It would appear that Unsodo bought the blocks sometime before this issue. This copy, in the original printed paper-covered boards, is in the original chitsu clasped case and has the original Unsodo Pre-war price sticker for 10 yen. In any event, the volumes are very well printed in color woodcut and span the full breadth of Bairei's subjects. Well over 100 double page prints in all, each 21.3 x 26.6 cm. Complete, near fine condition, very good impressions and colors. A grand collection of designs by this important artist.

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21.[EHON] Nishimura NANTEI. NANTEI GAFU KOHEN. Koto [Kyoto]: Bunchodo, Zodiacal Bunsei date of 1826. 25.4 x 17.9 cm. Pink covers with a medallion decoration, string bound Japanese style, cover label. Our copy is complete and, for all intents and purposes, identical to the copy catalogued in Mitchell, p.432. [See also Ryerson 375 for alternative titling of this work.] The covers of our copy are a bit rubbed and worn, the title label is chipped and there is a bit of thumbing internally, with extensive repaired worming which is primarily marginal, but the impressions and colors are good and the overall effect of the work is lovely. Hillier, in his ART OF THE JAPANESE BOOK [pp. 705-7] calls this book "one of the high points of the Japanese colour-printed gafu". Ours is one of the "well-printed, unfaded" copies Hillier specifies for that distinction of excellence. At one time, not a particularly rare book, it has become unusual in the marketplace. Its quality makes it a popular work.

$1,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

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22.[EHON] Nishimura NANTEI. NANTEI GAFU. Kyoto, Kyôwa 4, [1804]. Three volumes, in blue-green covers with printed paper title labels. 25.8 x 18.2 cm. The covers are soiled. Good printing with slight, repaired, worming. Overall a good copy of this classic Shijô work. See Mitchell 432 for a description of this book. Our version is printed without the kyôka poems and has the addition of a fifth Kyoto publisher, Chojiya Genjiro, on the colophon page. Complete. In a tied chitsu case.

$1,850.00

 

 

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23.[EHON] Nishiyama KAN'EI, artist. KAN'EI GAFU. Osaka: Maekawa Zenbei, Meiji 19 [1886]. 28.6 x 18.3 cm. Orihon in brocade covers with 25 double-page color woodcut prints of birds, flowers, etc. Wonderfully well printed, an early impression, with the brocade covered boards and printed title label. See Mitchell 334. Complete:

$1,650.00

 

 

 

 

 

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24.[EHON] Niwa KAGEN, artist. FUKUZENSAI GAFU 5 volumes. Tall, slender orihon folding volumes in original brownish yellow covers, with original printed title labels. 26.6 x 14.6 cm. There are a total of 40 delicately printed color double-page woodblock prints. See Mitchell at pp. 255-6. The FUKUZENSAI GAFU is an interesting book, as, according to the book's preface, it was ostensibly created by Kagen in the early 1780s and here the original blocks, with color blocks added, were used in Bunka 11 [1815] to print a full edition. I can see no reference save that of the preface of the book itself which indicates that the original edition was ever printed in any form. The copy at hand is printed on hard, very thin toshi paper. The paper is fragile and subject to splitting of folds. It is placed in a protective chitsu clasped case. Complete.

$1,250.00

 

 

 

 

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25.[EHON] Numata KASHU, artist. SHUCHO GAFU 3 vols. Tokyo, Shozando, Taisho 1 [1912]. 25.0 x 18.1 cm. Blue covers, original title labels. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. These designs by Numata Kashu (1838-1901) were originally published by Kinkado in Meiji 18 [1885]. Here Shozando has done a wonderful printing job on mica-flecked high quality paper, doing justice to this lovely collection of bird and flower prints. The original Kinkado edition is virtually unknown and early printing of the Shozando edition, like this one, are by no means common. In very nice clean condition, with a bit of wear and ink ownership notes to the covers. In a custom clasped chitsu case. Complete.

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26. [EHON] Okamoto GESSON, artist. GESSON GASHU, 2 vols. Daruma Shoya, Okayama, Japan. Showa 9 [1934]. 2 vols., one vertical, one horizontal format. Cord bound. In the original publisher's clasped chitsu case with printed paper title label. 29.0 x 20.5 cm. A wonderful selection of prints by Okamoto Gesson [1876-1931], most block-printed by "kikai zuri" in black and white, with 3 prints printed by color woodcut by hand tipped-in. A limited edition (215 copies) memorial volume assembled by Gesson's friends a few years after his death. Complete as issued.

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27.[EHON] Onishi Chinnen, artist. EHON AZUMA NO TEBURI. Edo: Kobayashi Shimbei & Osakaya Gembei, Bunsei 12 [1829]. 27.8 x 18.6 cm, string bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji, Blue paper covers with blindprinted "creped" patterning. The title slip and title page are present. This copy collates identically with the copy in Mitchell, p.214 save that the four-page final note is missing. See Hillier, volume 2, pp. 768-70, in which he describes Chinnen's SONAN GAFU and this volume, the AZUMA NO TEBURI, as being "among the best known and most admired of all Japanese books". The 25 double page color prints of genre scenes in Edo done in Chinnen's inimitable Shijô style are very well printed. The colors are bright and perhaps a bit later than the earliest versions. This is a very handsome book and an important cornerstone item for any ehon collection - Chinnen only produced two major works of book illustration, this and the iconic SONAN GAFU. Complete.

$2,850.00

 

 

 

 

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28.[EHON] Onishi CHINNEN, artist. SONAN GAFU. Edo, Kobayashi Shimbei, Osakaya Genbei, Tempô 5 [1834]. 10 9/16" x 7 1/4" Original blue- green round vegetal patterns on yellow covers. Worn title label. Identical to the Mitchell copy at p. 500. Slight soiling, very good overall condition. The lovely colors and impressions with delicate bokashi of an early printing. A cornerstone work of the Shijô school of illustration. Its famous print of mountain pines forms the cover illustration of Hillier's massive work on ehon. Complete, in a custom clasped chitsu case.

$7,500.00

 

 

 

 

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29.[EHON] Ooka Shumboku, artist. MINCHO SHIKEN. n.p., n.d., 3 vols., 27.6 x 17.7 cm., string-bound Japanese-style fukuro toji. Yellow paper covers with printed paper title labels. A reprint of the rare MINCHO SEIDO GAEN of 1746. This edition does not have its colophon, but is almost certainly later than the Hishiya Magobei edition of 1813, though it does have the final "authentification" seal of the Bunka edition [see Mitchell eaxample "B" at p.416] According to Hillier [Vol.1 pp.206-7], the original outline blocks were employed with new color blocks. Though Hillier and Mitchell point out the diminished printing quality of later editions compared to the original, it should be noted that the original edition, one of the first color printed Japanese books, is a work of great rarity and beauty. The true Bunka edition that we have seen, usually dated to 1813 is still a lovely book with the use of bokashi, etc. The edition at hand here is further diminished, but, that said, it is still a lovely book. See Brown, pp.70-1. Also, it should be noted that the original edition only consisted of two volumes (the planned third volume did not appear then.) The Bunka edition and later ones, like this, add that series of lovely images in a third volume, completing the original conception of the artist. The printing and colors are fairly good. Overall, good to very good condition, in a worn blue cloth chitsu clasped case [clasps missing] with the remains of a printed title slip matching those on the books themselves. Complete.

$3,500.00

 

 

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30.[EHON] Oishi Matora, artist. SOGA HYAKUBUTSU. 2 vols. 22.4 x 16 cm, String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. In original blue and white patterned covers, printed paper title label. Osaka: Bunkaidô, Tsurugaya Kuhei, Tempô 3 [1832]. [Brown, p.110; Ryerson, 391] The Mitchell copy at p.496 was bound in two volumes, as is this copy. In any event, our copy is complete with the inner front cover preface sheet, all the illustrations and the colophon. Hillier appreciates this little-known work (THE ART.... p.794) and so do we.... from beginning to end a wonderful collection of free and vibrant genre scenes. With the original title labels and covers. The lower half of the outside printed cover overlay is torn away, else very good condition, and printing. Oishi Matora is an underappreciated artist, a master of many styles.

$1,500.00

 

 

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31.[EHON] Saitô Shûho, artist. KAKUCHU ENPU. N.P.,N.D. [c. 1900] Orihon, 9 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches, in worn green silk covers with the original title label. 12 double page images from Shûho's masterpiece of humor, his kyôka anthology KISHI ENPU, are here reproduced from the original 3 volume set published in 1803, This version was most probably printed about the turn of the century in late Meiji, reproducing the preface, but not the poems. In color woodblock. Nicely done, albeit only a faint shadow of the original work, it captures some of its infectious good fun. Very good condition.

$650.00

 

 

 

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32.[EHON] Taniguchi Gessô, artist. HAIKAI HYAKU GASAN 2 vols. Kyôto and Wakayama, Bunka 13 [1816]. 26.5 x 19.0 cm. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Without a title label, (replaced?) covers. See the example cataloged at Mitchell p. 279-8. B+W and sumi shading blocks employed to print the haiga images, along with the poetry collection. Two facing pages have sumi scribble across them. Else good in a good impression. Even in a diminished state a very scarce and important work.

$1,250.00

 

 

 

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33.[EHON] Totoya Hokkei, artist. HOKURI JUNIJI. No Colophon, Bunka era (1804-1818), 26.4 cm X 17.8 cm, original blue covers, string-bound Japanese- style fukuro toji, original printed paper title label. Covers worn, some internal worming. Overall condition good, printing good or better.

A very important book, very early for Hokkei. A landmark in the publication of appreciations of the new Yoshiwara district in Edo - here presented in Ishikawa Masamochi's elegant prose and 12 sumi-e woodblock Hokkei illustrations, delineating the 12 hours of the day in the district. Complete.

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34.[EHON] Ueda KOCHO, artist. KOCHO GAFU Ni-hen. Osaka: Honya Kichibei & Kawachiya Kihei, Kaei 3 [1850]. Two volumes, yellow covers with original title labels, string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji. 25.4 x 18.2 cm. The second series of illustrations, following the original KOCHO GAFU of 1834, published by the same firms. See Mitchell 369-70. An interesting group of human figures, animals, landscapes, etc., from the sedate to the humorous, in a restrained Shijô-influenced style, printed in light colors. The covers are a bit soiled, but the impressions and colors are very good. Complete as issued. Much more unusual to find than the original series.

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35.[EHON] Watanabe Seitei, artist. SEITEI KACHO GAFU. 3 Volumes. Tokyo: Okura Magobei, Meiji 23,24 [1890-91]. 24.7 x 16.8 cm., 22 sheets in each vol. Color woodcuts of birds and flowers, etc. String-bound Japanese-style [fukuro toji], printed paper covers and label. Very good impressions, colors and condition. Seitei (1851-1918), pupil of Kikuchi Yosai, studied in France, edited BIJUTSU SEKAI and pioneered a fresh approach to Maruyama-Shijô style. A pioneer of the modern Kacho-e. See Baekeland pp. 76, 149; Brown p.202; Mitchell pp. 148,466 and Hillier pp 969-973. This set is complete in three volumes. Enclosed in a custom clasped chitsu case.

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36.[Ehon] Yanagawa Shigenobu, artist. YANAGAWA GAJO. Owari [Nagoya]: Minoya Iroku, Minoya Bunjiro, n.d., 22.8 x 15.7 cm. Red covers, paper label, 47 (+1) pages of color woodcut illustrations. [Ref: Forrer, pp.246,7] Appears to be a reprint of this work which was originally issued by Eirakuya Toshiro [Brown says 1821]. The impressions and colors are fair to good. Complete in and of itself, though a sequel was advertised (unlocated). Very good condition:

$175.00

 

 

 

 

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37.[EIRAKUYA TOSHIRO] KOYAMA SHUNTEI, author. Numata Gessai, artist. EHON IMAGAWA JO 2 vols. Nagoya, Eirakuya Toshiro, Bunsei 8 [1825]. String-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji. Original yellow bindstamped covers, volume two has the original title slip, volume one does not. 22.8 x 15.8 cm. Interesting work from the Nagoya publisher that was also busy publishing Hokusai's major works, including the HUNDRED VIEWS OF FUJI, the MANGA, etc., etc. Interestingly enough, at the time Matthi Forrer did his extensive research on the Eirakuya firm, he could not locate a copy of this book. It does exist. The twenty or so partial, single page and double page images, a few using color blocks, are quite well printed. The condition overall is very good. A brief epitome of the manners and customs of the traditional well-to-do in Japan, with a few Chinese scenes, as well. Complete, in a clasped chitsu case.

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38.[EPHEMERA - Matchbox Covers]. A COLLECTION OF 5000 JAPANESE MATCHBOX COVERS from the 19teens, 1920s and 30s mounted in five albums. These matchbox covers offer a dizzying display of Japanese graphic design of the period in miniature. The designs range from traditional ukiyo-e inspired images of geisha and samurai, a bit of kabuki, on to sleek art deco images that advertise everything from hotels, tea rooms, bars and restaurants, to barbershops, service stations, and factories. Even the international cultural icons Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop make a couple of cameo appearances. Most of the matchbox covers are approximately 3.5 x 5.5 cm and all have been carefully slipped into pockets in five commercially-made albums. The albums are each 28.3 x 24.5 cm and enclosed in a cardboard slipcase. The matchbox covers are in very good condition overall. The colors are bright and the designs are strong; the best of which give an impression of largeness despite their small size.

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39.[JAPANESE FUTURISM] MARINETTI, Filippo Tommaso. Translated by Kanbara Tai. DENKI NINGYO. Tokyo, Shimode Shoten, Taisho 11 [1922]. Bound in printed paper-covered boards. Prelims, 180pp, finals. Futurism was an early import of the avant-garde to Japan and Kanbara Tai had started to correspond with Marinetti while he was still in his teens, during the first world war. This is the first appearance of POUPÉES ÉLECTRIQUES in Japan, and it includes critical essays, as well as the translation, itself. Kanbara, as painter and critic, would go on to become a very important pioneer of the Japanese avant-garde. Our copy of this scarce book is soiled and the lower part of the spine and the adjoining front cover corner are nibbled.

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40.Kawamura Kiho, artist. KIHO GAFU. Kyoto: Yoshida Shimbei, Bunsei 10 [1827]. 1 vol. (complete). 17.3 x 25.7 cm. 5 page prelims, 30 double page color woodblock prints, 1p final, 8pp ads, colophon. The covers are worn (probably not original). The contents are somewhat soiled and stained. Good impressions, contemporary light colors. Kiho was the adopted son of Bumpo and his work rivals Bumpo's in freshness and simplicity. This copy appears to resemble Mitchell's example "A" and is doubtless an early impression. Ref: Mitchell pp 360,1; Brown p.105; Ryerson p.388.

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41.KAWAMURA Teizan. BANKOKU TSUSHIN ORAI. Tokyo, Osaka, etc., Meiji 6 [1873]. Bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji in the original covers with the remains of the original printed title label. The first few pages are printed in color woodblock, illustrating the treaty ports of the time, including Nagasaki, Kobe, Yokohama, etc. There are many sumi-e illustrations that follow, following the familiar format of the kashiragaki kinmo-zui style of illustrated encyclopedia that began in Japan in the 17th century. Here the format embraces all things foreign - the top of the page has the illustrations, the captions and explanatory text below. There are ships, products for import, desired goods for trade, etc. - all very practical. The covers are worn, the title label abraded, but the contents are quite good. By no means a common book. Interesting as an historical document of early Meiji and an excellent example of the renaissance of woodblock printing at the time.

$850.00

 

 

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42.Kawanabe Kyoosai [Gyosai] GYOSAI GADAN. Tokyo: Iwamoto Shun, Meiji 20 [1887]. 25.4 x 17.6 cm. 4 volumes, string-bound Japanese- style in printed covers with paper labels. All in a folding "chitsu" box with a colorful woodblock printed label (clasps missing). Black and white and color illustrations throughout. This famous artist's autobiography and copybook provides a remarkable insight into the world of the traditional arts in mid-Meiji Japan by their foremost practitioner. Though this work is not uncommon, the excellence of the impressions and the general condition render it a desirable copy. There is wear to the box, and a bit of rubbing to the covers, else very good.

$1,250.00

 

 

 

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43.Keisai Masayoshi [Artist] SANSUI RYAKUGA SHIKI. Edo: Suwaraya Ichibei. Kansei 12 [1800]. 26.2 x 18.2 cm. Faded and soiled [original?] light blue covers. Replaced brushed cover label. Complete in 1 volume. 29 single page and 15 double page color illustrations. Ref. Brown p.124; Mitchell p.460,1; 93,4; Ryerson p.213; Hillier pp. 477,8, 480. This copy is much handled and has stains and spots internally; but the delicate colors have not entirely faded away, as is common with this work, and the printing is early. Complete:

$1,500.00

 

 

 

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44.[MANUSCRIPT EHON] Jichosai, artist. KATSURA KASANE. This manuscript copy of Jichosai's classic work of the "Toba-e genre" closely approaches the original colors and size of the printed version. [Mitchell's Example "A", p.346-7] Even the colophon and its distinctive wineglass seal have been reproduced by hand. A remarkable job, indeed, with much of the verve and skill of the original. Comparing it with the printed color and b+w versions reveals the astonishing skill the copyist employed in capturing the energy and style of the calligraphy and the images themselves. In very good condition. Beautiful colors. It would be hard to date this production, but the quality of the paper and overall skill demonstrated leads one to place it somewhere in the early to mid- 19th century.

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45.[MAVO] HAGIWARA Kyôjiro. SHIKEI SENKOKU. Tokyo, 1925. Prelims, 11pp, 6pp., 161pp., 5pp., finals. Profusely illustrated throughout in linocuts by Okada Tatsuo, Toda Tatsuo, and Yabashi Kimimaro. Wrappers designed by Okada, with the Okada-designed slipcase - and very scarce as such. Perhaps the most important Mavo-inspired volume. This is the second issue with the addition of color to the covers and a few of the plates. A cornerstone of any MAVO collection. With a few small abrasions to the slipcase, the book itself is in fine condition: it is a clean copy of this delicate item. For more on the importance of this work, see Weisenfeld's MAVO book, pp. 97-101.

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46.[MEDICINE] SUGITA Gempaku. RANGAKU KOTO HAJIME. Tokyo, Tenshinro, Meiji 2 [1869]. 22.5 x 15.1 cm. 2 vols., srting-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Original covers and printed paper title labels. This memoir, by the scientist behind the ground- breaking KAITAI SHINSHO, was originally completed in Gempaku's old age, in 1815. It was transmitted via manuscript until the fall of the ancien regime, when Fukuzawa Yukichi and Gempaku's grandson arranged to have it published in a woodblock edition. The book was written in a very clear and simple style and reveals the great lengths of ingenuity the KAITAI SHINSHO author/translators went to to uncover the secrets and understand the esoteric Dutch vocabulary of Kulmas' anatomy that they translated therein. The RANGAKU KOTOHAJIME is often cited as perhaps the earliest Japanese text to explain techniques of cryptoanalysis from a practical and logically rigorous point of view. It is also a compelling story of scientific investigation in isolated traditional Japan. Finally, despite its relatively late publication date, the RANGAKU KOTOHAJIME is vanishingly rare. Our copy is in very good condition, enclosed in a custom-fitted clasped chitsu case.

$9,500.00

 

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47.[MILITARY] NAKANISHI Ki-ichiro, author. SEIYO HEIGAKU KUNMO Zen. N.P., Ansei 4 [1857]. 25.8 x 18.2 cm. String-bound, Japanese- style, fukuro-toji. Printed paper title label, original off-white covers. Done in traditional kinmo-zui style with a page of 9 color printed images of militaria from the West, facing a page with a Sino/Japanese label, a katakana transliteration of the Dutch term for the thing described and the Dutch written in Western script, as well. All told, there are 108 images. There is a colorful and well- printed frontispiece. This little book affords a fascinating look at the state of Western knowledge, especially at a time when the Bakufu goverment still had strict controls on any publication having to do with the outside world and expecially military matters. The covers are quite wormed and there is repaired worming throughout. Only a handful of copies are located in Japan. Unusual and important. Complete, but the price reflects its diminished condition.

$950.00

 

 

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48.ONCHI Koshiro. Onchi Koshiro Shibun-shû KISETSU-HYO. Tokyo: Aoi- Shobô. Showa 10 [1935]. This copy is #50 of only 50 deluxe copies from a total edition of 200. 3 full-page color illustrations by Onchi. Folio, 36 x 31 cm, printed on very heavy paper, bound in gilt-printed Japanese paper over boards. Besides the illustrations, Onchi wrote the poems in this collection and was responsible for the book's design. The text reproduces his calligraphy. The book is signed by Onchi and contains a photogravure portrait of him. Interestingly, it is rendered a unique copy by the fact that Onchi further presented the book to a "Saito-shi" and wrote a poem dated January 1936 on the signature page. This is the deluxe and only complete edition of this work, being bound in hard covers and having all three illustrations Onchi designed for it. Since the printer never intended for these deluxe copies to be read, each of the first 50 copies of the 200 that comprise the fukan (supplementary) edition, which was printed on kyokushi (Japanese vellum) paper with only one of the Onchi's color prints and issued in a portfolio, originally accompanied the correspondingly numbered copy of the deluxe issue as a "reading copy" - though our copy has parted ways with its fukan companion. It is a tour de force of bookmanship, and the most elusive of Onchi's productions. Here in near perfect condition and with the Onchi poem brushed by him inside. [See Onchi, HON NO BIJUTSU, p 110].

$15,000.00

 

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49.[PAPERMAKING] GOTO Seikichiro. NIHON NO KAMI (JAPANESE HAND-MADE PAPER) Vol.1 Northeastern Japan. Vol.2 Western Japan Bijutsu Shuppansha, Tokyo 1958, 1960. 42.3 x 26 cm, Folio in size, bound Japanese style. With many paper samples, illustrated throughout with katazome prints. Volume 1 has a Bi-lingual English and Japanese text detailing a journey to the main paper-making sites in Northeastern Japan undertaken in 1957 by Mr. Goto, the foremost scholar of papermaking in the post war period. The second volume details a similar trip to Western Japan. Both volumes are signed in Kanji by Goto (unnumbered, from an edition of 200?) Our volumes are both in their individual tied chitsu and Western Japan even has its original shipping box. A lovely set of this classic work. Near fine condition.

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50.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Fujisawa Tatsuo, designer. YAKUHIN KESHOHIN KOMAMONOTEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to shops specializing in medicines, cosmetics and sundries. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome, with a printed statement by the designer. Some edgewear and staining, about very good overall.

$985.00

 

 

 

 

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51.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Kazama Shirô, designer. KUTSU HAKIMONO-TEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. The final volume from an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to shops specializing in shoes and footwear. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome, with a brief statement by the designer. Very good overall. Very unusual.

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52.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] MAEJIMA Sei-ichi, designer. CHIKUONKI GAKKITEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to shops specializing in phonograph albums and musical instruments. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome. It has an interesting textual reflection by the designer. Some edgewear, about very good overall.

$985.00

 

 

 

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53.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Matsubara Korenori, designer. TOKEI KINZOKU MEGANE-TEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to shops specializing in watches, jewelry, metalwork and eyeglasses. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome, with a printed statement by the designer. Some edgewear, about very good overall. Very unusual.

$985.00

 

 

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54.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Murota Kurazô, designer. YOHIN BOSHITEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to shops specializing in Western-style hats. Murota was an important ad designer of the day. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome, with a printed statement by Murota. Some edgewear, about very good overall.

$985.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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55.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Nakagawa Iwao, designer. GANGU BUNBOGU UNDOGUTEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to shops handling toys, sporting goods and stationery. It consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome, with a printed statement by the designer. There is some edgewear, about very good overall.

$985.00

 

 

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56.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Osaka Shuppansha. INSATSU BIJUTSU NENKAN. Osaka, Shôwa 8 [1933]. Internally staple-bound, inserted into red cloth covers. 26.3 x 19.3 cm. Over 100 pages of Japanese explanatory text and many, many samples of printing work in a commercial vein, demonstrating the printing capabilities of the industry in Osaka. A dominant Deco aesthetic and superior techniques make this a remarkable testament to the sophistication of commercial art in Japan in the 30s. The book block is loosening from the covers, else very good in the original publisher's slipcase.

$450.00

 

 

 

 

 

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57.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Sekimoto Urôji, designer. SAKE SHOYU MISO SHOKURYOHIN-TEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to shops specializing In food and liquor. The volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome, with a printed statement by the designer. Some edgewear, about very good overall. Very unusual.

$985.00

 

 

 

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58.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Tada Hokuchô, designer. GOFUKU MUSURINTEN NO KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to muslin dry goods shops. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome, with a brief statement by the designer. Some edgewear, about very good overall.

$985.00

 

 

 

 

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59. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] TOTOKI [Nobutomi?]. SHOGYO BIJUTSUTEN POSUTAA SHUSEI. Osaka: Shôgyô Bijutsu Shuppansha, Shôwa 9 [1934]. Large clothbound 8vo., in printed slipcase. 104 posters are illustrated in b+w. All are credited to their designers. The catalogue of a major annual exhibition of industrial art held in Osaka by the Commercial Art League. A very useful guide to the commercial art of the time in Japan and an invaluable guide to the "players". The slipcase is a bit worn, but overall in very good or better condition. Very unusual.

$850.00

 

 

 

 

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60.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] YAMANA Ayao. KAFEE BAA KISSATEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Tokyo, Seibundô, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 11 13/16" X 8 3/4". 48 pp. of b+w and color plates, and 4 pp. of preliminaries and finals, depicting designs by the important 20th Century Japanese designer, Yamana Ayao (1897-1980) the originator of the "Shiseidô-style" during his long tenure as the cosmetic company's head designer. This particular portfolio is a compilation of his designs for the coffeeshop/bar trade - introducing a modified Deco aesthetic which was the height of chic in the interWar years all over the world, but particularly in the lost city of Tokyo. With a printed text by the designer. In printed wrappers. Remarkable, ephemeral, rare.

$2,750.00

 

 

 

 

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61.[TOKYO] Tokyo-shi. FUKKO [RENAISSANCE]. Tokyo, Showa 5 [1930]. Cord-bound oblong album of tipped in photo reproductions. 19.2 x 27.8 cm. Very unusual retrospective of the Great Earthquake. While most albums reproduce before and after shots to illustrate the extent of the destruction and result of the quake, this selection compares views from the devastation and the same locale after the astonishing reconstruction of the 1920s. A remarkable testament to Japanese industry and resilience in the face of tragedy. Especially poignant document when one considers the whole cycle would be revisited 15 years later during and after the Pacific War. About fine condition.

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62.[TSUTAYA JUZABURO] Ishikawa Masamochi, author. EHON NIJUYONKO 3 vols. Edo, Tsutaya Juzaburo, Kansei 9 [1797]. String bound, fukuro toji, original covers and two of the three volumes have their original printed title labels. 22.7 x 16.0 cm. Mogi Hiroshi did the illustrations. This is a fascinating production, when you get under the surface of its origins. As is well-known, publisher and printer Tsutaya Juzaburo was perhaps the most important ukiyo-e figure of his time. By encouraging and publishing prints and ehon by the greatest ukiyoe artists of his day, and by treating their production with the skill they deserved, Tsutaya Juzaburo created a genre of elegance and great beauty. He had the misfortune to be caught up in the severe sumptuary regulations of the Kansei period. Arrested and placed in handcuffs under house arrest for months, he died soon after. This book, the PICTURE BOOK OF TWENTY-FOUR EXAMPLES OF FILIAL PIETY, appeared mere weeks before he died in May of 1797. One can only imagine this work in b+w woodblock, austere and moral, was meant to ingratiate Tsutaya with the stern Confucian moralists of the Kansei Bakufu censors' office. Really quite a nice production overall and a very sad story embodied in it. Good printing, very good condition. Complete, in a custom clasped chitsu case.

$2,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

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63. [UNSODO] Sakai HO-ITSU, Suzuki KI-ITSU & Nakano KI-MEI. SHIKI NO HANA. Kyoto, Meiji 41 [1908] 10 volumes [18.8 X 27.9 cm], complete, bound orihon style in stiff paper covers with printed paper title labels. There are 2 spring, 4 summer, 3 autumn and 1 winter volumes, with a grand total of 237 (232 of which are double page images, approx. 24 X 32 cm, within printed borders) color woodblock prints of Japanese flowers. Identified in the introduction to each season, there is no printed text to mar the lovely color plates. Delicately printed after designs by eminent 19th century Rimpa artists, printed by Unsôdô while at the height of their considerable powers. This is a complete set in a chitsu (w/o clasps). A wonderful set in excellent impression and colors (with bokashi) which is almost never found complete nowadays. With only minor cover rubbing, one of the nicer sets we have seen.

$7,600.00