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JAPAN AND ASIA

 

BIRD AND FLOWER BOOKS, BOTANICALS,PAPERMAKING AND EHON

 

 

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Section One:
 
Botanicals/Birds & Flowers

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1.[BIRDS & FLOWERS] 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.

These original Tanaka Jihei issues (which preceded the Unsôdô versions) have become quite scarce, complete sets even more so, and sets with the western number captioning (the true first printing) almost impossible to find. The covers are original, with the titles directly printed there and the gold flecking. The summer issue has a single worm track in the margins, else it and the other volumes are impeccable, the printing excellent, the colors subtle and lovely. The nicest set we have ever handled. All in a clasped chitsu case which itself is quite rough. 4 vols., complete as issued by Tanaka Jihei, very unusual thus.

 

$8,750.00

 

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2.[BIRDS & FLOWERS] Tsuchida EISHO, Takeuchi SEIHO, artists. EISHO HYAKUCHO GAFU. 4 vols., complete, 22.7 X 33.1 cm., Kyoto, Unsôdô, Taisho 3, 3, 12, 14 [1914, 14, 23, 25]. Profusely illustrated set of images of birds, often quite surreal renderings, ostensibly after design by Tsuchida Eishô, the mid-19th century painter, here re-interpreted by Seihô, the 20th century master, and subtly printed by the Unsôdô. Very unusual work, complete in a clasped chitsu case. Very good colors, impressions, condition. A brief notice can be seen at Mitchell, p. 249, referencing Brown, p.202.

$6,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3.[BIRDS & FLOWERS] Yanagisawa KIEN, artist. YANAGI SATOTOMO CHORUIFU. Kyoto: Yamada Unsôdô, Shôwa 3 [1928]. Oblong portfolio, 27.7 x 36.4 cm, introductory text and table of contents, followed by 22 color woodblock prints after works by Yanagisawa Kien [1706- 58], the important "Chinese-style" painter. Printed by the foremost color printer of the day, a lovely collection of bird prints. The original portfolio has been repaired, the prints are very good. An unusual item.

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4.[BOTANICAL] HASEGAWA Tokutarô, editor. KACHÔ SÔMOKU GAFU ZenÔsaka, Bunkôdô. 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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5.[BOTANICAL] Kôno BAIREI, artist. CHIGUSA NO HANA. Tokyo, Tanaka Jihei, Meiji 23-24 [1890-91]. Vols 1-4, complete. String-bound, Japanese style, fukuro-toji, 24 X 16.1 cm. A total of 200 plates, some single and some double page, all printed in color woodcut, after designs by the important Meiji artist, Kôno Bairei (1844- 95). The first two volumes had appeared originally in b+w in 1889 and were reprinted with color blocks added, as here, the following year. Good colors and impressions, good condition, in the original covers, The first two volumes have their original printed title labels, volumes three and four do not.

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6.[BOTANICAL] Li Shizhen, Kôsei HONZO KOMOKU. N.P., Kanbun 12 4 [1672]. 22.2 x 15.8 cm. Li Shizhen [1518-93]'s seminal work of materia medica, was imported into Japan through Nagasaki in the early 17th century. Hayashi Ranzan [1583-1657] procured a copy of the chinese edition in Nagasaki in 1607 and presented it to the Bakufu, which undertook a variety of state sponsorship of herbal medicine, planting two herb gardens near Edo, one in Ushigome and one in Shinagawa. The first japanese version of the work appears to have been printed in 1637, this "corrected edition" appeared some years later. The HONZO KOMOKU would go through several subsequent Japanese editions and there is at least one exhaustive version done in modern Japanese in the 20th century, as well. Our copy is complete. There are 52 volumes, bound in 33, then another 6 supplementary volumes bound in 6, for a total of 58 volumes bound in 39. Of the 39 bound up volumes, three are illustrated in b+w woodcut. The printings throughout are good or better. Most volumes have their original worn title labels. There is very little internal soiling, or worming. Very unusual in any state, even more so in this good condition throughout.

$4,500.00

 

 

 

 

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7.[BOTANICAL] Li Shizhen, revised by Ino Jakusui. Shinkôsei HONZO KOMOKU. Kyôto & Edo. Shôtoku 4 [1714]. Ohon size, 26.8 x 17.7 cm. Ino [1655-1715], an important traditional doctor, revised and enlarged Li Shizhen [1518-93]'s seminal work of materia medica, which had been imported into Japan through Nagasaki in the early 17th century. Hayashi Ranzan [1583-1657] procured a copy of the Chinese edition in Nagasaki in 1607 and presented it to the Bakufu, which undertook a variety of state sponsorship of herbal medicine, planting two herb gardens near Edo, one in Ushigome and one in Shinagawa. There had been at least one Japanese printing of the original Chinese work in the mid 17th century but the edition at hand, the revised and enlarged Japanese edition of this important work, is the definitive version, undertaken by Ino Jakusui [1655- 1715]. The HONZO KOMOKU would go through several subsequent Japanese editions and there is at least one exhaustive version done in modern Japanese in the 20th century, as well. Our copy is complete. There are 52 volumes, bound in 37, then another 12 supplementary volumes bound in 8, for a total of 64 volumes bound in 45. Of the 45 bound up volumes, four are illustrated in b+w woodcut. The printings throughout are good or better. Most volumes have their original worn title labels. There is very little internal soiling, but some worming throughout. Very unusual in any state, even more so in this good condition throughout.

$6,850.00

 

 

 

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8.[BOTANICAL] 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 only in the introduction to each season, there is no printed text to mar the lovely color plates. The images are after designs by eminent 19th century Rimpa artists, and printed by Unsôdô while at the height of their considerable powers. This is a complete set (it is almost never found complete nowadays) in good impressions and colors, in a rather weak, clasped chitsu with printed set title label. A very nice example.

$7,500.00

 

 

 

 

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9.[BOTANICAL] Tanigami Kônan, artist. Seiyô SOKA ZUFU. Kyoto: Unsôdô, Taishô 6 [1917]. 5 volumes. Orihon folding albums, each 27.8 x 18.8 cm, in boards with printed paper title labels. There are two "Spring" volumes, bound separately, two "Summer" volumes, then "Fall" & "Winter" are bound together, each with the publisher's title slip. Each season has a table of contents listing the prints [in English, kana and kanji, where appropriate]. This complete set consists of 125 (each image size 22.4 x 33.1cm) double-page prints. There is no mention of this book in any of the standard Western references (a fact which illustrates again the need for an Unsôdô bibliography!). These "Seiyô", i.e. "Western", flowers are depicted in a realistic fashion and printed in lovely rich colors with a great deal of skill. Unlike some other botanicals, no bald descriptive text intrudes upon the print itself. The captions are banished to the margin. In the case of the SEIYÔ ZUFU, the very earliest impressions are on delicate paper which weakens a bit at the fold. The covers are a bit worn, but the impressions are very good, the internal condition good (with some paper browning and some folds starting a bit) and the colors lovely. It is one of the nicer examples of this important botanical that we have seen.

$4,250.00

 

 

 

 

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10.[BOTANICAL] Toneri Shigetaka [1779-1847] SÔMOKU SEIFU; YÛDOKU SÔMOKU ZUSETSU. [Nagoya], Eirakuya Tôshirô, Bunsei 10 [1827]. 5 volumes, string-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji, original printed paper title labels. 28.3 x 19.2 cm. Perfect condition. An interesting illustrated work (some color) on poisonous plants. Found at Kerlen 1657,1895. Complete. In a modern clasped chitsu case.

$3,850.00

 

 

 

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11.[EHON - BIRDS & FLOWERS] [Nakayama SUGAKUDO]. Shasei SHIJU-HACHI TAKA GAJO. Tokyo, et al., Hakubunsha, 1888. 35.8 x 23.4 cm. Orihon folding album, in cloth-covered boards with printed paper title label, of 48 color woodcut images of birds and flowers after designs done by Sûgakudô, an important student of Hiroshige, for a series of prints printed circa 1860. This set from recut blocks was printed under the supervision of Nagao Keihitsu, for the publishing house Hakubunsha. Clearly, the same team of skilled engravers and printers who had worked on Taki Katei's album of birds, done the same year for Hakubunsha, worked on this album as well. The images are titled in both English and Japanese. The printing is exquisite, the colors lovely, in excellent impression and condition. Former owner's stamp on the front cover, brief title on the rear cover. Complete, as issued. Very scarce and lovely work.

$4,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

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12.[EHON - Conchology] HIRASE Yoichirô. KAI SENSHU. Kyoto: Unsôdô, Taishô 3-11 [1914-22]. 24.8 X 17.8 cm. 4 vols., complete. Printed paper title labels, silk over boards. Orihon folding books of color woodcuts of shells. Each volume contains 20 double page prints. Though the English title would be "One Thousand Shells", there are only 400 illustrated in the set, supporting the theory that the work was originally planned for 10 volumes and never finished. The first three volumes are scarce (our volume one is dated 1914, volume two and three are dated 1915) but volume four, here the issue printed in 1922, is very hard to find. Thus a complete set, particularly in the clean condition this one is in, is, quite simply, rare. The preface is in Japanese, and the plate lists in bilingual Japanese and Latin. Hirase had a museum of shells and originally commissioned this lovely work from the master printers at Unsôdô to commemorate its first anniversary. Very good, the covers are a bit worn, a bit of offsetting here and there. The printing was so exquisite and the expense of production so large, as to make it one of the jewels of 20th century woodblock production.

$7,850.00

 

 

 

 

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13.[EHON] HASEGAWA Keika, artist. KEIKA HYAKUGIKU. Kyoto: Yamada Naosaburo; Tanaka Jihei, Meiji 26 [1893]. 2 vols. (of 3), 30.8 x 22.8 cm. 50 large [some double-page] color woodcut plates of chrysanthemums. An interesting work, here in its first published form, printed by Torii Matashichi. Not in Mitchell, Ryerson or Bartlett & Shiohara. A copy is in the Dawes catalogue of the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Certainly not unknown in Japan, but a scarce book abroad. This copy, in off-white wrappers, is a very good early impression in lovely delicate colors - more beautiful than the Unsodo reprint of 1903. It appears that the fourth and final volume (to bring the total number of illustrations to 100) was never done. Here the first two volumes are available in lovely impression, colors and condition. In a modern clasped case.

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14.[EHON] Imao KEINEN. KEINEN KACHÔ 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 quite good. These original Tanaka Jihei issues (which preceded the Unsôdô versions) have become quite scarce, complete sets even more so. The covers are original, with the titles directly printed there. All in the publisher's clasped paper chitsu. 4 vols., It appears the binding of the "Spring" volume has been resewn. Complete as issued by Tanaka Jihei, very unusual thus.

$5,500.00

 

 

 

 

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15.[Ehon] Kôno Bairei, artist. BAIREI HYAKUCHO GAFU [BAIREI'S SKETCHBOOK OF 100 BIRDS] 3 vols. Tokyo: Okura Magobei, Meiji 14 [1881]. Beige printed covers with red paper labels. 24.8 x 16.5 cm. Vol. 1: 29 single-page and 7 double-page color illustrations of birds; Vol. 2: 22 single-page and 11 double-page illustrations; Vol. 3: 19 single-page and 12 double-page illustrations, for a total of 70 single-page and 30 double-page prints. Complete as issued. This copy of Bairei's classic is in near-fine condition, with good impressions and colors. Sealed throughout. (Mitchell, p. 216; Brown, p. 199; Ryerson, p. 426).

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16.[Ehon] Kôno Bairei, artist. BAIREI HYAKUCHO GAFU Zokuhen [BAIREI'S SKETCHBOOK OF 100 BIRDS - Continued] 3 vols. Tokyo: Okura Magobei, Meiji 17 [1884]. Beige printed covers with red paper labels. 24.8 x 16.5 cm. Vol. 1: 18 single-page and 13 double-page color illustrations of birds; Vol. 2: 10 single-page and 17 double-page illustrations; Vol. 3: 9 single-page and 17 double-page illustrations, for a total of 37 single-page and 47 double-page prints. Complete as issued. Save some staining on the margins of a few pages in volume 1, this copy of Bairei's classic is in very good condition, with very good impressions and colors. Sealed throughout. (Mitchell, p. 216; Brown, p. 199; Ryerson p.426).

$1,200.00

 

 

 

 

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17.[EHON] Kôno BAIREI, artist. BAIREI KACHO GAFU 2 vols. Tokyo: Okura Shoten, Meiji 32 [1899]. Large format books of ôban-size color woodcut images, each sealed "Bairei." 37 x 25 cm (24 1/2 by 9 3/4 inches). Each of the volumes is comprised of 25 images, for a total of 50, that show birds throughout the changing seasons (vol. 1: Spring & Summer, vol. 2: Fall & Winter). The designs are fresh and lively - perhaps the finest of the large-format bird compilations of mid to late Meiji era Japan, and certainly the scarcest. This copy, a very good printing with lovely colors, is very clean. Mitchell 217 references this printing (seen by him) as a re-issue of the Okura edition of 1883. Both issues are very unusual. Complete, with the original printed fukuro dust- covers.

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18.[EHON] Matsumura KEIBUN. KEIBUN KACHÔ GAFU Zuhen. NP, ND [Aoki Shuzandô, Meiji 25 {1892} c. 1890's] 25.2 x 18.6 cm. Orihon folding album, bound into cloth over board covers, no title label. This is volume two (of two?), consisting of 12 color woodblock prints after bird and flower designs by Keibun [1779-1843]. See Mitchell 350 for the first series, in a horizontal format. Covers a bit worn, else very good.

$375.00

 

 

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19.[EHON] Tachibana YASUKUNI. EHON NOYAMA GUSA. 5 vols. bound in one [gappon], Bunka 3 [1806]] Osaka. Yanagihara Kihei. 22.0 x 15.9 cm. Original covers and title label, string-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Delicate and lovely botanical prints throughout. Surprisingly unusual work complete, though this is a reprint done after the original edition of 1755. Complete, in a tied paper wrappered case. (See Bartlett & Shiohara 126 and Kerlen p. 121) Fairly good condition and impressions, with its faults, still an important and impressive work.

$1,600.00

 

 

 

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20.[EHON] Tachibana YASUKUNI. EHON NOYAMA GUSA 5 vols. Osaka: Shibukawa Seiemon, Hôreki 5 [1755]. 23.2 x 16.5 cm. Original covers and title labels, string-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Delicate and lovely botanical prints throughout. Surprisingly unusual work, complete and in good condition as this one is, especially the original printing. It was redone many times through the years, but this edition is easily the most lovely. Complete, in a chitsu clasped case. (See Bartlett & Shiohara 126 and Kerlen p. 121)

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21.[EHON] Watanabe SEITEI, artist. KACHO GAFU. Tokyo, Okura Shoten, Meiji 36 (1903). 22 sheets of colored woodcuts, birds and flowers. 25 x 17 cm. This copy with all prints is tassel-bound with preface, colophon and ad sheet. 1 volume: 1 single page, 19 double-page and 1 triple-page prints. (Ref: Mitchell p. 319.)

Very much in the style of his earlier SEITEI KACHO GAFU, but with different designs and much scarcer. No hashira pagination though other copies we have handled or found reference to were marked jô volumes in the hashira. However, it would seem that later volumes were never produced. Very good, early impression, very good condition overall. In a custom clasped chitsu case.

 

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22.[LILIES] IKEDA SHOTEN. Saishoku Shasei YÛSHUTSU YURIBANASHÛ. Tôkyô, Ikeda Shoten, Meiji 28 [1895]. Hybrid Japanese-Western binding in cloth covered paper covers. Printed paper title label. Ribbon-bound. 26.3 x 19.3 cm., 43 pages of color woodblock printed pints of lilies. This copy A COLLECTION OF COLORED SKETCHES OF LILIES FOR EXPORT is quite rough - the worn covers have been repaired and there is internal staining and soiling. Still and all, early Japanese nursery catalogues of lilies are very scarce and those done in woodblock printing, virtually unheard. Sold with all faults. In a clasped cloth chitsu case.

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23.[MATERIA MEDICA] Li Shizhen; translated by Makino Tomitarô, et al.. Tôchû KOKUYAKU HONSO KOMOKU. Shunyôdô, Tôkyô, Shôwa 4 [1929] 15 volumes, bound Western-style in decorated cloth over boards, slipcases. The late 16th century Chinese materia medica, Honzô Kômoku, was imported into Japan by the early 17th century. The first japanese edition appeared in 1637, the definitve enlarged Japanese edition in 1714, with native japanese plants added. The Edo era versions were printed in classical Chinese with diacritical marks (kanbun) to aid the Japanese reader. This set at hand was translated into modern pre-war Japanese and, as such, became the first version of the text useful to the general Japanese reading public. One of the most important guides to the medicinal uses of plants in East Asia. It should be noted that the binding decorations are quite lovely Deco-inspired floral designs, here still in excellent, clean condition. Complete.

$650.00

 

 

Section Two
 
JAPANESE PAPERMAKING

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24.[WALLPAPER - JAPAN]. KABEGAMI MIHON. n.p., n.d. [Japan??, late 19th century??]. Large, 30.0 x 45.2 cm., oblong tassel-bound portfolio of wallpaper samples. The cover title in gilt reads (in Japanese) "Wallpaper Samples". There are 30 sheets in varying sizes, each with a yen price on the reverse on a label that also includes standard size descriptions. So, either a sample book of European styles being sold in Japan, or, more likely, a sample book from a Japanese manufacturer of Japanese wallpapers to be exported to Europe and the Americas. Very deluxe, very thick, in that leather-like embossed paper traditionally called "karakami" in Japan. It should be noted that the important English wallpaper manufacturer Rottmen, Strome and Company had established a connection with a Japanese manufacturer in 1883 to produce such papers for international export. The sample book at hand has broken tassels as well as wear and chipping to the covers. The samples themselves are very clean. A Victorian marriage of traditional European design and traditional Japanese craft. Very unusual.

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25 . [PAPERMAKING] GOTO Seikichirô. 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. Gotô, 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 Gotô and numbered as #45 (out of a edition of 200) Our volumes are both in their individual tied chitsu and shipping boxes. A lovely set of this classic work. There is a bit of fore- edge foxing, else near fine condition overall.

$3,250.00

 

 

 

 

 

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26.[PAPERMAKING] YAGIHASHI, Shin. HAND-MADE PAPERS BY EISHIRO ABE: Living National Treasure of Japan. Tokyo: Arrow Art Works Inc, 1976. 7 5/8"x 8 1/4". pp.34. Stapled pamphlet. Text in English and Japanese with four samples of hand-made paper tipped-in. Light wear and soiling to cover. Minimal foxing to a few pages. Very Good.

$60.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27.[JAPANESE PAPERMAKING] Edited by Bunsho Jugaku, et al. MAINICHI SHINBUNSHA, publisher. TESUKI WASHI TAIKAN. Tokyo, 1974. Five huge clamshell boxes (each box is approximately 21 x 16 x 6 inches and weighhs around 30 lbs.) containing 1000 folios of paper samples along with explanatory text volumes (bilingual: Japanese and English). Limited to 1000 copies. The original clamshell boxes are very clean, though one bone clasp is missing and one clasp strap is split. Internally fine. Complete. To quote from Soren Edgren's description of this work, from a catalogue published in 1978: "The beauty and value of this collection defy description. The numbered samples with their detailed bilingual data constitute a Papermaking Museum. Another undertaking approaching this magnitude is inconceivable today." The ultimate work on the subject.

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28.[PAPERMAKING - Design]. Anso Hisao, editor. KYO KARAKAMI. Tôkyô, Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, Shôwa 41, 42. [1966-7]. Limited edition: this copy is number 82 of 120 printed. Two large portfolio cases, each with text and samples enclosed. There are 100 of 102 sample sheets on Kurotani paper, each 39 x 51 cm, each hand-printed from woodblocks in the possession of the firm Karacho. Sheet #'s 18 and 42 from the first portfolio are missing. The original blocks span the years from late 18th century to the 1920s. The papers printed represent a selection of the best designs. Gofun, lacquer, mica, gold - no expense was spared in the printing of this design retrospective by the master Sanda Chôjiro. Kyo Karakami was employed to decorate traditional buildings via its use in fusama doors, walls, ceilings, etc. Another great craft of traditional Japan here meticulously recapitulated before the end. Internally fine, the paper is perfect. The cases are a bit worn but solid. Priced to reflect the missing two sheets.

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Section Three:
 
Ehon/ Illustrated Books

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29.[EHON - KANAZÔSHI]. KAMPAKU MONOGATARI. Also known as the JURAKU MONOGATARI. An early Edo-era kanazôshi genre story, here based on the bloody history of the Regent. Bound three volumes in one, 17 sheets; 22 sheets; 14 sheets. 26.8 x 18.5 cm., with one original printed title label tipped on to the inner pastedown of the front cover. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. A slip from the Japanese bookseller (1950's?) indicates this edition (a "new printing", i.e., shimpan) was done about 1687. The original edition is a great rarity, being done in moveable type in the 1620's. In any case there are six double page and twelve single page woodcuts in the vigorous style of the Yoshida Hambei school, though without his characteristic spikey foliage. Approximately one third of the book (including several illustrations) is supplied in manuscript - the original printed vesion being gone. One may assume that the manuscript portion was done early on, and would seem to have been done by one Kôdô Tokuchi. The work is signed and sealed by him. As such, this is a noble fragment, an interesting example. Sold with all faults......

$650.00

 

 

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30.[EHON - SHUNGA] Anonymous. SHUNSHOKU KOI NO SHIKIRI. N.P. [Tokyo?] N.D. [late Meiji?] Orihon bound in silk brocade with printed paper title label. With ten double-page color woodcuts of couples in the act, as well as a double page illustration of various implements of pleasure by way of prologue and two double pages of elegantly calligraphed afterword. As is usual with the genre, there is no colophon or attribution of the art, but the style, dialogue and the faces and poses are very reminiscent of the Utamaro school. The couples are elegant, well-posed and surrounded by the printed text of their intercourse, verbal and otherwise. A few repaired folds, and one print has internal repairs, nevertheless very good, in very good impression and colors.

$2,400.00

 

 

 

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31.[EHON - TEN BAMBOO HALL] JUCHIKUSAI SHOGAFU. N.P.,N.D. [Kyôto, Hishiya Magobei, c. 1831]. 16 volumes. An early printing of the recut 19th century Hishiya Magobei version of the SHIH-CHU-CHAI SHU HUA P'U, 10 BAMBOO HALL PAINTING STUDIO. 25.2 x 14.7 cm. Printed title slips on covers. In a red cloth covered clasped case with broken hinges. I have relied upon the extensive research done by Thomas Ebrey in his paper on the bibliography of the TEN BAMBOO STUDIO, comparing page borders, etc.. Very good color and good condition, early impressions on very thin and strong paper. A bit of worming. The collation of editions of the TEN BAMBOO HALL is extraordinarily difficult even for the Chinese editions. [See Paine's article in the ARCHIVES OF THE CHINESE ART SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 1951 and Thomas Ebrey "The Editions, Superstates, and States of the Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Painting" in Princeton University's The East Asian Library Journal 14, no. 1 (2010): 1-119] and Japanese editions are even less explored. This Japanese edition of the The TEN BAMBOO HALL is interesting for its effort to capture the delicate colors and quiet beauty of "Chinese style" as seen from Japanese eyes. A very lovely set.

$4,500.00

 

 

 

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32.[EHON ALBUM] Fukui Gessai after Ogata Kôrin. KORIN GAFU 2 vols. Osaka, Aoki Susandô, Meiji 26, 27 [1893,4]. Folding albums, 27.8 x 21.3 cm. A total of 24 full-page color-printed images after paintings by Ogata Kôrin. The covers are woodblock printed, as well. Complete and in very good condition. Kôrin and the Rimpa style in general were undergoing a grand revival in late 19th, early 20th century Japan.

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33.[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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34.[EHON] Chikusô BANSHÔDÔ, artist. BANSHÔDÔ GADEN. 3 vols., Kyoto: Hishiya Magobei, Bunka 9 [1812] 27.3 x 18.8 cm. Black + white woodcuts of Chinese worthies with brief biographies. Identical to the copy at Mitchell p.220. Very good condition, good impressions. In a blue cloth folding clasped box with printed title label.

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35.[EHON] Fujiwara Masaomi, author; Kita Busei, artist. KASEN KASHO. n.p., preface dated Bunka 7 [1810]. 19.7 X 29.3 cm., string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji, original covers with original printed title label. See Ryerson 396 for a defective copy. Our copy is complete with 3 preliminary sheets and 20 sheets of color woodblock illustrations of the 36 poets. Interesting colors, well-printed. In very good condition with slight soiling but very pleasing effect overall. By no means common either in Japan or abroad. In a clasped chitsu case.

$6,250.00

 

 

 

 

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36.[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, indeed. A lovely copy of an important Shijô school book by a direct disciple of Maruyama Okyo, himself. [See Mitchell, p. 378; Hillier, Vol.2 pp. 711-2; Hillier/Ravicz, p. 42; Holloway, p. 100.]

$1,750.00

 

 

 

 

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37.[EHON] HIROSHIGE II. HIROSHIGE GAFU. N.P., preface dated Bunkyû 2 [1862]. Small, 17.8 x 11.0 cm. folding orihon album. Original edworn, nibbled covers and original printed paper title label. Printed in colors throughout. Actually quite a good printing for the period. Complete. Internally very good. Hiroshige II (1826-69) was a popular and prolific printmaker who also illustrated a few books at the end of the Edo period.

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39. [EHON] HOKKEI/HOKUSAI. DÔCHÛ GAFU 2 vols. Nagoya: Eirakuya Tôshiro, n.d. [c.1865-70]. String-bound, Japanese style, in orange covers embossed with the Eirakuya design and a printed paper title label, 22.7 x 16.2 cm., together in a clasped chitsu case. A very pleasant copy, printed in light colors, of an interesting book with a long and complex bibliography - so complex that Matthi Forrer devoted the first chapter of his book on the Eirakuya Toshiro publishing firm to its explanation. The copy at hand would appear to be the second Eirakuya iteration, hence the fourth edition, after the first private printing around 1820, followed by the second edition [first commercial] by Eirakuya, and the third edition by Kôgetsudô Bunsuke. Among the changes effected through the years was the addition of a preliminary double-page plate by Hokusai. The original designs by his student Hokkei were repackaged as Hokusai's work thereafter. Our copy has, as a bit of an anomaly, a bound in copy of the A1 Eirakuya ad page, which originally appeared in about 1820 and could have no real connection to this edition of some 45 to 50 years later. In any event, an interesting anachronism. The printing is fair to good throughout, and its condition is quite good overall. Complete, and by no means a common book in decent condition and impression such as this.

$575.00

 

 

 

 

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40.[EHON] HOKUSAI, artist. HOKUSAI SHASHIN GAFU Zen. Tokyo: Aoki Heikichi, Meiji 24 [1891]. 24.5 x 17cm, Orihon style with decorated paper covers over stiff boards with printed paper title labels. This HOKUSAI'S REALISTIC SKETCHBOOK is a Meiji-era rendering of Hokusai favorites, here recreated in color woodcut in a relatively larger format than one usually encounters for Hokusai ehon: Each of the 20 double page folding prints expands to a full 20.3 x 31.5cm in image size - about the size of a horizontal chûban print. The covers are slightly soiled and the printed paper title label missing, the interior clean. The designs are quite nice, the printings quite good -- overall an interesting and unusual late Hokusai item.

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41.[EHON] I-Fukyu & Ike no Taiga. I-FUKYU IKE NO TAIGA GAFU. Kyôto & Edo: Maruya Gempachiro & Suharaya Môhei. Kyôwa 3 [1803]. 27.2 x 18.2 cm. Blue paper covers, string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro- toji. Original printed paper title labels. Follows the copy at Mitchell 307, save that the ordering of the prefatory and final materials seems to follow the order of the copy found at Odin 143. Worn covers and abraded title labels, some repaired, mostly marginal, worming inside. Still a more than serviceable copy of this lovely book. The famous Nanga artist Ike no Taiga has a volume to himself, accompanying the volume dedicated to the Chinese artist I-Fukyû. To my eye, Taiga's wonderful whimsy and pictorial variety carry the day. Printed in black and white throughout. The book deserves a wider audience than it has received to date.

$850.00

 

 

 

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42.[EHON] Ichiyôsai Toyokuni. TOYOKUNI TOSHIDAMA HITSU [FUDE?] Owari [Nagoya], Minoya Iroku & Minoya Bunjirô. n.d. [1830's or 40's?] Dark grey-green covers, string-bound Japanerse-style, fukuro toji. Printed paper title label. This book may be found described bibliographically in Forrer's EIRAKUYA TOSHIRO at pp.243-4. Our copy differs a bit from the copies described in Forrer, but is a fresh clean copy in good colors and fair to good impression. Color printed throughout, an unusual title.

$385.00

 

 

 

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43.[EHON] KACHÛ SHÔ [Xia Chang 1388-1470], artist. Kachû Shô I-I BOKUCHIKU SHINAN Zen. Dark green paper covers with printed paper title label. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. 26.3 x 19.1 cm. Originally printed in Japan 1799, this revised version was issued in 1821 as a compilation of designs of bamboo by the Chinese master of the Ming Era, Xia Chang. A "shinan" or instruction book for students of painting techniques. Printed in sumi-e. Good printing, very good condition overall.

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44.[EHON] Kameda BOSAI, artist. KYOCHUZAN. Vertically striated covers with horizontal figures, green on creme printed paper title label. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji. The collation follows example "A" at Mitchell 383-4, save for the following: 27.9 x 18.3 cm; the pages are all un-numbered; the seals are printed in red, there is a colophon on the inside of the back cover citing 6 publishers in Edo, Osaka & Kyoto and the publication date as the ninth month of Bunka 13 [1816]. Thus, another variant is added to the long list surrounding this wonderful work. Though many articles have been written and differences between variants catalogued, there is surely more that needs to be said on the subject. Besides the bibliographic niceties involved, this copy captures perfectly the artistry and fun of the "MOUNTAINS OF THE HEART", perhaps the most famous of all Nanga school ehon. A very nice printing with lovely colors on the creamy paper of the better editions. The very first image has a bit of mottling, perhaps a bit of a chemical reaction between the paper and the pigment or perhaps even a desired "effect" as I have seen it in several copies.

$3,750.00

 

 

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45.[EHON] KANGA SÔGAKU. Osaka, Maekawa Zembei, Meiji 13 [1880]. 4 volumes. String-bound fukuro-toji style, without the printed paper labels. Each volume is 12.1 x 19.7 cm. A "QUICK STUDY" [SÔGAKU] guide to "CHINESE-STYLE PAINTING" [KANGA] with woodcut illustrations and text in Japanese and Kambun Chinese. Our copy resembles the one exhaustively described at Mitchell p. 336. Very good impressions and condition in the original worn blue cloth chitsu clasped [one clasp missing] case with printed paper title label. The first series, complete:

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46.[EHON] Katsushika HOKUSAI, artist. DOCHU GAFU, Zen. Kôgetsudô Bunsuke, Nagoya, 1835 [sic]. 22.6 x 15.8 cm. Orange covers, printed paper title label. 34 sheets of double page illustrations, covering views on the Tôkaidô road. As Matthi Forrer devotes an entire chapter to the publishing history of this book in his EIRAKUYA TOSHIRO, it should be sufficient to state that this is the variant Kôgetsudô issue, with only part of the banner present at Kawasaki. Hence it probably dates from the 1850's or 60's. The colors throughout are very light. Though the book is complete in its original covers, it is quite worn and thumbed. Despite the poor condition, it still shows why this is one of the loveliest of Hokusai's books.

$650.00

 

 

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47.[Ehon] Katsushika Hokusai, artist. EHON TOSHISEN GOGON RITSU 5 vols. [Edo? Tokyo?]: Kobayashi Shimbei. Preface dated Tempô 3 [1832], colophon dated Tempô 4 [1833]. This edition of five syllable T'ang Dynasty Chinese poems was edited by Takai Ranzan. Without the 12 pages of Kobayashi Shimbei ads for other books.Dark brown paper covers with wave pattern, paper title labels. 22.7 x 15.7 cm. This work is quite complex bibliographically. Alhough this copy has the colophon of the original edition, the original covers, paper, etc., the wear of the blocks indicates a later impression, perhaps the end of the Edo period or into the Meiji. Very good condition overall, fair to good later impressions, complete.

$385.00

 

 

 

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48.[EHON] Katsushika HOKUSAI. EHON KOKYO Jô, Ge. Suharaya Shimbei, "Saihan" Genji 1 [1864]. 2 vols., 22.8 x 15.6 cm. Grey-green covers with printed paper title labels, subtle patterning. String- bound Japanese style, fukuro toji. Text by Takai Ranzan, illustrations of this illustrated epitome of Confucius by Hokusai in his late rambunctious style reminiscent of his work for the EHON SAKIGAKE, etc. Interesting copy in that it may clarify some conjecture about the actual original printing of this work. The colophon lists the original printing date as Kaei 2 [1848], though the preface is dated Tempô 5 [1834]. One need only refer to the belated printing of the third volume of the 100 Views of Fuji for precedent. Good printing, very good condition - actually quite an unusual book in the marketplace. Complete.

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49.[EHON] Kawamura BUMPO & Watanabe NANGAKU. KAIDO KYÔKA 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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50.[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 Yoshida 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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51.[EHON] Kawamura BUMPO, artist. KIMPAEN GAFU. Kyoto: Hishiya Magobei, Bunka [zodiacal date corresponding to 1820]. 25 x 17.4 cm. Green covers stamped with octagonal patterning (replaced?), without the title slip. The bibliographical details of this copy correspond to the copy at Mitchell p. 362-3, save for the color of the covers. Sealed as the Mitchell copy throughout. There is occasional mild worming, otherwise the condition is good. The color and printing quality is excellent. A book which suffers as a later printing, this copy is unusually early overall - a nice printing.

$1,600.00

 

 

 

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52.(EHON) KAWAMURA Bumpô. KANGA SHINAN NIHEN. Kyoto: Hishiya Magobei, n.d. 3 vols. Though the afterword is dated 1810, this copy does not have the 1811 colophon listing several other booksellers besides the principal publisher, Hishiya Magobei. Rather the colophon lists Hishiya Magobei, alone. Our assumption from the colors and the colophon is that this is a somewhat later edition. A very clean and plesant copy. 26 x 17.5 cm. String-bound, Japanese style in yellow covers with paper labels. This "second series" of the KANGA SHINAN [Manual of Chinese-style Painting] was the only one illustrated by Bumpô and was published over thirty years after the first series, so it obviously stands on its own as an independent work. The simple designs are in sumi and light colors. The condition of the three volumes is very good (one title slip missing) in fair to good impression. One of the scarcer of Bumpô's works. [Mitchell p.335, Ryerson 385, Brown 104] Complete, as issued:

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53.[EHON] Kawamura BUMPÔ, artist. BUMPÔ GAFU Sampen. Osaka & Kyoto: Kawachiya Kihei & Yoshida 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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54.[EHON] Kawamura Kihô, artist. KIHO GAFU. Kyoto: Yoshida Shimbei, Bunsei 7, [1824]. 1 volume, complete. 5 pp. prelims., 30 double- page color woodblock prints, 1 p. final, [pseudo]-colophon. The covers are green with a blind-stamped vegetal pattern, with a title label printed in brown on buff paper. 17.8 x 25.1 cm. The covers are fairly clean, the contents very good. This copy is a bit anomalous: It differs from Mitchell's examples "A" and "B" but is more like "B" than "A". It colors are a bit later, the keyblocks are printed darkly. There is a printed title-page on the inner front cover, on yellow paper. There is no final colophon, but rather a final undated page [pseudo-colophon] listing four bookshops. The last and lead shop is Fukui Genjirô. Sealed throughout like Michell's "A" example. (Mitchell pp. 360,1; Brown p. 105; Ryerson p. 388; Kerlen #839). Kihô was the adopted son of Bumpô and his work rivals Bumpô's in freshness and simplicity. Bibliographically, a very interesting example of this lovely book.

$1,250.00

 

 

 

 

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55.[EHON] Kawamura MINSETSU, artist. HYAKU FUJI. Kyôto, Osaka & 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.

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56.[EHON] Kawanabe GYOSAI, artist. Tsuuzoku ISOPPU MONOGATARI. Tokyo & Numazu, Meiji 5 & 6 [1872,3]. 6 volumes. Hanshibon, 22.5 x 15 cm. Blindstamped patterned yellow paper covers, string-bound Japanese- style, fukuro-toji. The interesting and now scarce translation of Aesop's Fables into Japanese by Watabe Godô from the English version of Thomas James. Illustrated throughout in b+w (with some use of grey scale and colored blocks, as well) woodcuts, mostly by the famed artist Kawanabe Gyôsai. The illustrations are largely based on the English original, though a few are original to the Japanese edition. Fujisawa Bainan and an artist named Kôson (Oshima Kôson? Sakaki Kôson?). For more on this work, see Scott Johnson's article, "The Illustrations for a Victorian Aesop and a Meiji Isoppu", 1983, Kansai University. Good impressions, very good condition. Early copies with the added blocks are very unusual. Complete.

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57.[EHON] Keisai Kitao Masayoshi, artist. [JIMBUTSU] RYAKUGASHIKI. Published in Edo by Suharaya Ichibei, Kansei 7 [1795]. Complete, as described at Mitchell p.453 with 60 illustrations, b+w & color. With the original light peach-colored cover. No printed title label. An interesting early issue with soft paper and mild rich colors. However, the condition is less than perfect. Though complete, this copy has some soiling and edgewear, the occasional spot of ink and some worming. Its original humor and skill are still there, but it is priced according to its lesser condition.

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58.[EHON] KEISAI Masayoshi, artist. CHOJU RYAKUGASHIKI. Edo, Kyoto, Nagoya & Osaka. Originally published in Edo by Suharaya Ichibei in 1797, this more darkly colored undated version may well be from the mid-19th century. The undated rear inside cover pseudo-colophon lists 10 bookshops as sales agents, 4 in Edo, 3 each in Kyoto and Osaka. Light blue kara-zuri decorated covers, string-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji, with a printed paper title label. 24.9 x 17.6 cm. Overall this later printing is helped by the fact that the designs are bold and simple - the printings remain crisp. Elephants, frogs and falcons; bugs, fish and mythological beasties - they are depicted with economy and humor. Perhaps the most unusual and creative of all Masayoshi's RYAKUGASHIKI (simple drawing books). The covers are a bit soiled. The contents are in very good condition, fair to good impression. Great fun! For a complete copy online, see the NYPL copy at http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchresult.cfm? parent_id=743601&word=

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59.[EHON] KEISAI Masayoshi, artist. KEISAI RYAKUGASHIKI Nihen. Tôto: Yamashiroya, Kaei 4 [1851]. Small format string-bound collection of images, printed in color woodcut and bound fukuro toji style. 17.8 x 11.8 cm. 20 sheets of prints with a one sheet preface and a title page on the inside of the front cover. Orange covers with the original printed title slip. The second in a series of three volumes, complete in itself, after the famous ryaku-ga designs of Keisai, which were originally done in the late 18th century. Nicely printed and colored. The book is quite worn, with some page folds split and a bit of worming. Still an acceptable copy of this unusual edition, which is not in Mitchell or Ryerson. (Though see Ryerson 215 for what may be a related item.)

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60.[EHON] KITAO KEISAI MASAYOSHI. (CHÔJÛ; JINBUTSU; SANSUI) RYAKUGA-SHIKI 3 vols. Tôkyô, Yoshikawa Kôbunkan, n.d. [1890s?] String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Original blind-patterned green cobvers with printed paper title labels. 24.7 x 18.2 cm. These three color-printed woodblock versions of the famous Raykugashiki by Keisai Masayoshi still retain their original Kansei and Bunka colophon dates, along with the Yoshikawa additions. My supposition would be that the hangi blocks were in the hands of Kôbunkan for a while in mid to late Meiji before being taken over by Unsôdô, who issued several printing all through the 20th century. We have handled several printings by Unsôdô, but this is the first Yoshikawa Kôbunkan version we have handled. The Landscape [SANSUI] volume has some foxing, the other two are clean in and out. As the poriginal blocks were quite bold, they have held up well, without loss of much detail. Very good condition.

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61.[EHON] Kitao SHIGEMASA [attributed to]. ONNA BÔKUN OSHIE GUSA Zen. n.p., n.d. [Edo: Maekawa Rikuzaemon, Kansei 2 (1790)] Original dark blue covers with printed paper title labels. 26.7 X 18.2 cm. A practical guide to woman's etiquette, with furigana included to allow easier reading. Includes an interesting section on the marriage ceremony. Profusely illustrated in an ukiyo-e style in black and white woodcut. Overall good condition in worn covers, fair to good impressions. [Attributions, etc., courtesy of R. Sawers] Not in Ryerson, Brown, Mitchell or Hillier. Not found, at least not under this title, in KSSM. Obviously unusual.

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62.[EHON] Kitao SHIGEMASA. EHON KAGAMI GUSA 2 vols. 21.5 x 15.4 cm. Original flower-printed covers with original printed title labels. N.D., printed by Nishimura Genroku. A book with the same title (but written with differfent Kanji) is cited in KSSM as published in Meiwa 5 [1768] but from a different publisher and in three volumes. The Nishimura Genroku catalogue at the end of our volume 2 lists the current book EHON KAGAMI GUSA (with the proper Kanji) as complete in 2 volumes. One might assume that this work is actually a different work from the one which appears in the KSSM with the same (pronunciation of the) title by Shigemasa, as another work advertised by Genroku in the book catalogue at the end of our volumes as "to be printed soon" actually appeared in the late 1780s. So, I would date this volume as appearing in the late 1780s, when Shigemasa was in his 40s, rather than much earlier in his career. A lovely book on a small scale populated with historical and contemporary figures with an innocence and a "look" reminiscent of Sukenobu. Slight internal soiling, good sumi-e impressions throughout. Internally complete collation. Obviously very scarce and interesting, especially as this is the Bing collection.

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63.[EHON] Kiyomizu Nôsaburo, artist. Tsuchiya Ihei, editor. TAKETOMI-ZO GAROKU. Tokyo, Meiji 12 [1879]. Oblong grey wrappers, string-bound Japanese style, fukuro toji, with printed paper title label. 16.6 x 24.1 cm. Illustrated throughout in fine and precise b+w woodcuts that resemble wood-engravings more than traditional Japanese woodcuts, though they are obviously the latter. 1879 was a low point in Japanese book illustration but this little work rises above the contemporary mediocrity with its detailed and realistic images of animals, plants, landscapes, etc. Especially interesting for its association - it is signed on the front cover by none other than Isabella Lucy Bird, the important late 19th century female explorer whose UNBEATEN TRACKS IN JAPAN (London 1880) was one of the most famous traveller's tales of Japan in that era. Perhaps Isabella obtained this very copy while she was in Japan. Good condition, good impressions. Not found in Mitchell. Very unusual.

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64.[EHON] KORIN SHINSEN HYAKUZU. Kyoto: Hosokawa. 2 vols., patterned paper covers, string-bound Japanese style, fukuro toji. In an edgeworn and splitting chitsu folding box with clasps missing. Printed paper title labels. 25 x 18.4 cm. Illustrated throughout in b+w woodcut, with designs by Suzuki Koson after Ogata Kôrin. See Mitchell, p. 377 for more on the original edition of 1864. About very good condition, fair to good impressions. Complete:

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65.[EHON] Kôyôken, artist & editor. EHON MONO-IU HANA. Kyoto, Tsuruya Kizaemon. n.d, [c. 1760s?] 21.5 X 15.3 Seven double page images in b+w woodcut, depicting lovely ladies in lavish costumes, along with waka poetry inscribed on traditional cloud bands. Very elegant, lovely images. Not precisely Sukenobu in style, nor Harunobu, either, but designed by an 18th century ukiyo-e [Kansai area?] artist of considerable skill. Kôyôken, the author/artists nom-de- plume for this volume, is otherwise unknown. Only 2 copies are listed in the Kokusho Sômokuroku Union catalogue of pre-Meiji era imprints. [KSSM Vol.7, 14-1]. A little staining, but otherwise a good impression in good condition of this rare work. Original printed title label, perhaps original blue paper blind-patterned wraps, bound fukuro-toji Japanese style.

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66.[EHON] Kôno BAIREI, artist. BAIREI GAKAN. 7 volumes, Kyôto, Unsôdô, Taishô 2 [1913] We have had a copy in the past with a stamped colophon of Ôsaka-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 Unsôdô 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 Unsôdô 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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67.[EHON] KUWAYAMA Hyôshiro, artist. Kodai NIKKO GOHAN-SHIKI NO ZU. Nikkô, Tochigi-ken, Kihira Kinshiro, Meiji 22 [1889]. A long woodblock-printed panorama accordion-folded into cloth over board covers. No printed title label. Some 7 1/4" high, by over 40'long! Printed throughout in color woodblock. The panorama shows a traditional processional held every year at the Tokugawa tomb at the Tôshogu Shrine in Nikkô. Printed in Nikkô, it has a fresh and appealing naivete about it. Nice impressions, occasional weakness in the hinges, but overall very good. Quite unusual.

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68.[EHON] Matsumura GOSHUN, artist. NIHON MEIGA KAGAMI Tokugawa Jidai. Tokyo: Tôyôdô Branch Shop, Kanda, Meiji 31 [1898]. Stamped in red on the title slip "Goshun-Ôeyama". Large, 25 cm x 18 cm orihon folding album. In embossed stiff creme paper covers. There are 12 double page color printed images. A pleasing Meiji rendition of Goshun's inimitable style. Particularly interesting as the images are freighted with bits and pieces of the whole 19th century development in the Shijô school: Suiseki, Chinnen, etc. A by no means common work, identical to the copy at Mitchell 434, (see also Ryerson 378). The covers are soiled and a bit stained, internally vg. The impressions and colors are very good. Complete.

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69.[EHON] Mikuma Katen, artist. KINSEI KIJIN-DEN, 5 vols. Kyoto, Edo & Osaka. n.d. [1860's?]. String-bound Japanese-style fukuro toji, in textured blue-grey covers with printed paper title labels. 40 single page and 2 double page b+w woodcuts, largely depicting the subject matter of the title: TALES OF ECCENTRICS FROM RECENT YEARS. Originally printed in 1790, this is a deservedly famous and oft- reprinted work in Japan. The KIJIN_DEN catalogues the eccentricities and eccentrics of the late 18th Century - a time of florescence of the "bunjin" literati ideal in Japan. The bunjin created an esthetically pure environment in the midst of the bustle (and corruption) of everyday life. The initial exemplars were those scholars and artists who withdrew from public life in China after the fall of the Ming Dynasty to the alien Manchus in the mid-17th Century. The KIJIN-DEN represents one of the efforts by the Japanese to domesticate a Chinese cultural import and find native representatives of the literati ideal. The KIJIN-DEN is interesting for its exploration of the art world in Japan- for example, there is a domestic scene of the painters Ikeno Taiga and wife Gyokuran, among others. Indeed, there are many women depicted in the KIJIN-DEN. (See JAPANESE WOMEN ARTISTS 1600-1900) Also see Ryerson 416, Mitchell 364, Hillier/Ravicz 22. The condition is very good over all, the printings are late (this edition being some 60-70 years after the original printing by Hayashi Bunkindô). There was a second series done some few years later, but this first series is complete as issued in 5 volumes.

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70.[EHON] Mori Yûzan. KÔSHI HEISENZU. Kyoto, Meiji 26 [1893] 22.3 x 15.4 cm. 2 vols., orihon, folding albums in stiff paper covered boards with printed paper title lables. The inner cover illustrations are by Mori Kansai. Yûzan (Yûsen's son?), has here depicted the fires and social disorders at the end of the Edo period in Kyoto. It would appear that this is probably a color woodcut version of a scroll on the subject by Yûzan. 16 double page color illustrations (including one map of Kyoto). One illustration in vol. 2 has a small puncture, with some attendant creasing, but no loss. Unusual work, not in the usual Western references. Complete, very good. 2 volumes.

$750.00

 

 

 

 

 

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71.[EHON] Nagayama KOIN, artist. Tani SEIKO, printer. NAMPO-JO. N.P., N.D., [Osaka, Bunsei 7 {1824}]. 25.4 x 18 cm. This copy, string- bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji, has the original printed title label. Almost certainly a later impression of a book which first appeared under the title SEIKO JO, it is a memorial volume in honor of Shokusanjin [Ota Nampô] who died a bit before this book was created. Seikô, a close friend, assembled a volume of Ota's verse and calligraphy, had Kôin create the lovely Shijô style illustrations and cut and printed the book himself. One of the more elusive of the ehon of its time and a lovely one. This copy is missing the first and final sheets, thus the preface and colophon. It is only a noble fragment. The covers are worn and spotted, the impressions and colors good. See Keyes catalog of the Ehon collection at the NYPL, #49. Mitchell 465-6.

$1,250.00

 

 

 

 

 

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72.[EHON] Nakabayashi CHIKUTO, artist. YUSAI GAFU. Kyoto: Hishiya Magobei, Kôka 3 [1846]. 25.6 x 16.4 cm. Orihon folding album in stiff covers with printed paper title label. Interesting edition of this book of delicately printed designs after Chikutô [1776-1853]. Approved in Tempô 12 for publication, it originally appeared, as here, in 1846, printed by Hishiya Magobei. [Mitchell 559-60]. It has the same collation as that version, with seals on the preface and the pictures. The impressions are quite lovely. A wonderful "Chinese-style" ehon of the late Tokugawa period. In a custom clasped chitsu case.

$2,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

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73.[EHON] Nakabayashi CHIKUTÔ. CHIKUTÔ GAKÔ, 2 vols. Kyôto & Nagoya, Bunka 9 [1812]. 18.2 x 26.2 cm., string-bound, Japanese- style fukuro-toji. Resembles the copy at Mitchell p237., save that it has a green title page on the front inner pastedown and an 11 page Hishiya Magobei advertisement for books, dated the first year of Bunsei [1818]. Good b+w and sumi-shaded bunjin style images by Chikutô [1776-1853]. Good condition in clasped chitsu case. By no means a common book.

$1,600.00

 

 

 

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74.[EHON] Nishimura NANTEI. NANTEI GAFU KÔHEN. Kôto [Kyoto]: Bunchôdô, 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 particulary rare book, it has become unusual in the marketplace. Its quality makes it a popular work.

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75. [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 Kyôto publisher, Chôjiya Genjirô, on the colophon page. Complete. In atied chitsu case.

$1,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

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76.[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, a very early impression, with the brocade covered boards and printed title label. The finest color and printing of this work we have handled. See Mitchell 334. Complete:

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77.[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 tôshi 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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78.[EHON] Ogata Kôrin, artist. KÔRIN JUUNIZU. [n.d; n.p; - Tokyo? Kyoto?, c.1895] orihon, 26.3 X 19.8 printed title on paper boards. Compiled by Hashimoto (Bakka?). 12 lovely full-color woodblock images after designs by the great early 18th century artist, Ogata Kôrin. One fold repaired else very good - very good impressions, excellent colors. Complete.

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79.[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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80.[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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81.[EHON] Ooka Shumboku, artist. MINCHO SHIKEN. Kyôto, Hishiya Magobei. 3 vols., 27.6 x 17.7 cm., string-bound Japanese-style fukuro toji. Cream paper covers with printed paper title labels. A reprint of the rare MINCHO SEIDO GAEN of 1746. This edition is almost certainly later than the original Hishiya Magobei edition of 1813, it does not have the final "authentification" seal of the Bunka edition [see Mitchell example "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 good. Overall, good to very good condition, in a worn blue cloth (Hishiya Magobei style) 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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82.[EHON] Otani Bun'i, compiler. NANIWA KIPPO-FU, 2 vols. 18.5 x 12.1 cm. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Blind- patterned light green covers, original printed paper title labels. According to Mitchell (pp. 430-1), this is a recut (in reduced size) later edition of this lovely classical Chinese and Japanese anthology that first appeared in Ansei 3 [1856], published by Yusendô of Osaka, possibly done in the early 20th century. There are forty interesting designs by some of the best Osaka artists of the later Edo period . The illustrations are in light colors, some in sumi only. Overall near fine condition, very good or better impressions. Complete as issued.

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83.[EHON] Ôishi MATORA, artist. HYAKUNIN ISSHÛ HITOYO GATARI 9vols. Naniwa [Osaka]: Tsurugaya Kyûbei, Tempô 4 [1833] The text is by Ozaki Masayoshi. Figured blue and white covers, string-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Printed paper title labels. Mitchell 305-6. Very good condition, fair to good impressions, throughout. Complete.

$850.00

 

 

 

 

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84.[EHON] Ôishi Matora, artist. SÔGA 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. Ôishi Matora is an underappreciated artist, a master of many styles.

$1,500.00

 

 

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85.[EHON] Ôishi Shûga, artist & Hokusai. SAN-Ô SHINKEI. Bunsei 5 [1822] N.P. 17.1 x 24.7 cm. Orihon folding album in the original blind-patterned covers with a brushed paper title label. 3 page preface, signed Shunyô Yûjin Môhitsu, who appears to have been the editor. The first illustration of Fuji is signed Ôishi Shûga hitsu and Katsushika Hokusai hitsu. Our version has 34 double page images of Fuji. This interesting book of views of Fuji throughout the seasons exists in many varieties. Most have but 31 or 32 images, some have no postscript, others a two page preface signed by Kobayashi Chôshû. Mitchell lists a volume with the same title, but different content. Kerlen lists two different variations at page 573. The Ravicz copy described at Hillier 872 appears to be incomplete with only 15 views. The copy at hand here, however, is a very lightly printed version which credits Hokusai, as well as Ôishi Shûga. It is a bit rumpled and a few pages are marred with a few small ink spots but overall the condition is good, by no means a common book.

$2,250.00

 

 

 

 

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86[EHON] Ônishi CHINNEN, artist. SÔNAN GAFU. Edo, Tempô 5 [1834]. 25.7 x 18.6 cm Yellow covers with karazuri ripple pattern. Printed paper title label. Covers differ, but the contents and colophon are otherwise identical to the Mitchell copy at p. 500. It should be noted that the colors of the prints are quite a bit brighter than those of the edition with yellow covers and blue medallions and it may be assumed to be a few years later. Slight soiling, else very good condition and impression. A cornerstone item for any Shijô collection. Complete.

$3,750.00

 

 

 

 

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87.[EHON] Ryûkatei Shojaku, artist and poet. KYOKA RYUKA TAWAMUREGUSA-SHU. [Ansei 6 (1859)]. 21.8 x 15.1 cm. Green, original blind-patterned covers with printed paper title labels. There are 2 double page and 9 single page charming color woodblock illustrations for the poems in a simple Shijô style. 3 copies are located in KSSM 2, 502. An unusual book of late Edo.

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88.[EHON] Saitô Shûho, artist. KAKUCHU ENPU. N.P.,N.D. 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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89.[EHON] Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828) ÔSON GAFU, N.P., N.D. one volume, replaced white covers, no colophon. The preface is complete but out of order. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. 25.5 x 18.0. A landmark of Rimpa school ehon. For more on this book see Mitchell p.443, Hillier pp.661-665. Probably not a copy of the Izumiya edition, perhaps a later version of Eirakuya's production from the mid 19th century. The colors are nice, but the printing is later. Repaired, a worthy entry "placeholder" in a collection for this very important book. Still lovely despite its dimished state.

$750.00

 

 

 

 

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90.[EHON] Shunsôdô, publisher. TOJUN KAGETSU-CHO. 3 Vols., orihon, bound in brocade covered boards with printed silk title labels. The tall slender volumes, 29 x 10.2 cm, are reminiscent of sutras in their format. Enclosed in the original chitsu (clasps missing) with printed paper title label. The colophon is integrated with the closing directory of participants, dated Meiji 16 [1883]. The zodiacal date of 1827 is contained in many of the contributions to the work. Why almost sixty years went by until this work was published in woodcut is problematical, but the centrality of the great scholar, Rai Sanyô, and his followers to the work is undeniable. There are a total of twelve woodcut printed illustrations, some with light coloration, 11 are double page and one is a four page foldout landscape. The subjects are the flowers, landscapes, etc. of Nanga art, but the execution is superlative in printing, coloring and composition. As remarkable as the prints are, the other aspect of the albums, the calligraphed poems, etc., are equally impressive. In my opinion, the printer's ability to capture the diverse style of each writer and the uniformly excellent quality of each contributor's work make this A FEW BRIEF MOMENTS INSCRIBING MOON AND FLOWERS one of the finest illustrated works of the Meiji period. It would not do to ignore the historical importance of the work, either. The Nanga revival of the 1880's which iterated an earlier flowering approximately a zodiacal circle earlier is at theheart of the work, and the lavish nature of the production illustrates the intellectual, artistic and financial resources available to the bunjin literati of mid-Meiji Japan. Each poem and woodcut is sealed, and the study of both seals and signatures throughout the book provided in its day and to us also many insights into the relations of the many intellectuals in Rai Sanyô's 1820's movement. See Mitchell 528 and articles on such of the contributors as Sanyô himself, Kagawa Kageki, Rai Kyôhei and Kan Sazan in the Kôdansha ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAPAN. In very good condition and excellent color and impression. Three volumes, complete:

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91.[EHON] SÔ SHISEKI, artist. SÔ SHISEKI GAFU. 3 vols., Edo, Meiwa 2 [1765]. 27.2 x 17.8 cm. Plain covers (probably not original - no title slips). String-bound Japanese-style fukuro-toji. The three volumes are complete and collate identically to the copies at Mitchell 502, Kerlen 1668 & Ryerson/Toda 414. This classic and important cornerstone of Japanese book illustration (See Mitchell's lengthy descriptions.) is one of the first books to be published in Japan with color block printing - a few of the designs are rendered in one, two and three colors. Because of the haphazard nature of the effects created by the "one- block" method employed - each copy's color is strikingly different from any other. This copy is from the Burton collection and compares favorably as to paper and impressions with the copies in the British Museum. Complete copies of this important work are scarce in the marketplace. Some worming throughout. Sold with all faults and priced accordingly.

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92.[EHON] TAGAWA Shundo, edit. & KURATA Tôgaku, artist. GAIBAN YOBO ZUGA. [Edo], Tôshundô Rôjin, Kaei 7 [1854]. String-bound Japanese- style, fukuro-toji, with period [replaced] covers and no title labels, 2 vols., complete. 15.0 X 18.1 cm. The original edition. One double page woodcut color printed hemispherical map of the world, and all 44 full page color prints of people from all over the world - portrayed in somewhat fanciful native costume, largely in pairs, male and female. Each portrait has explanatory text on the facing page. Fascinating and unusual Japanese view of the human race at the time of Perry's arrival. [Kerlen 422 for 1854 edition; KSSM II 41-3] Very good impressions and colors, with some light staining, nicely restored. In custom clapsed chitsu folding case.

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93.[EHON] Takai Ranzan, editor. TOSHISEN EHON [T'ANG POETRY] Complete 35 volume set. Edo, originally published from the Temmei into the Tempô era [1790s to 1830s]. In 7 sets of 5 volumes each. Though all the sets are profusely illustrated, the most famous and sought after are the two 5 volume sets illustrated by Hokusai in the 1830s, his 5 syllable and 7 syllable T'ang Poetry compilations, with some of the most interesting and compelling images from his "Chinese style" - still unmistakably his own. The volumes are all in very good condition with some cover rubbing. Impressions ranging from good to very good, original title labels, etc. The blocks were cut by Sugita Kinnosuke, the publisher was Kobayashi Shimbei. With all the colophons (several sets have ads, as well) - from the printings a mid 19th century edition or a bit earlier. Complete, in a contemporary late Edo wooden case with calligraphed title.

$4,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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95.[EHON] Takashima HOKKAI, artist. OSHU SANSUI KISHO. Tokyo: Tôyôdô, Meiji 26 [1893]. 2 vols., 24.5 x 18 cm, orihon album, in silk over stiff paper covers, printed paper title label. Hokkai (1850-1931) was an important landscape artist (see Roberts, p.170). Neither Hokkai nor any of his works appear in any of the standard ehon references in English, which is odd considering the quality of this book and his eminence in Japan. The OSHU consists of a series of 40 double page color landscape woodcuts of France, Italy and Scotland. The emphasis is upon the mountains and hillsides, in short the nature of Europe, not its cities. A remarkable and very unusual work. Overall in fine condition with original fukuro dustwrapper and very good or better impressions. With Hokkai's red fish-shaped seals.

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96.[EHON] Takeuchi SEIHÔ, artist. SEIHÔ SHÛGA-JÔ. Kyoto, Meiji 34 [1901]. 17.3 x 24.6 cm, Oblong printed textured paper covers, ribbon bound. Listed, but not seen, by Mitchell, Brown p. 202. 12 woodcuts per volume, Vols. 1 & 2 in monochrome, Vols 3 & 4 in light colors. Good impressions throughout. Some light foxing to the covers of vols. 1 & 2, else very good condition throughout. Complete as issued:

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97.[EHON] TANAKA JIHEI, publisher & printer. MIYAKO NO NISHIKI. Kyôto, Meiji 24 [1891]. Yellow patterned paper over boards, folding orihon album. 24.2 x 16.6 cm. 26 double page images after paintings by such Kyôto school stalwarts as Mori Kansai, Kôno Bairei, Imao Keinen, Takeuchi Seihô, Kikuchi Hôbun, Tomioka Tessai, etc., etc. A wonderful tour of the mid-Meiji Bunjin work transitioning into Nihonga. The printed paper title is after calligraphy by Tessai. A throroughly satisfying example of the genre in a nicely printed example in very good condition with a just a bit of soiling to the covers. By no means a common book, not in Mitchell.

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98.[EHON] Tanaka YUHO, artist. YUHO BIJUTSU OYO, 2 volumes (The volumes are numbered one and two, appear to be all published.) The original edition, published in Meiji 23 (1890) which was later reprinted by Yamada Unsôdô in 1903. 9 3/8 x 6 5/8 inches. String- bound Japanese style, fukuro toji, with the original printed title labels. Very good condition. Woodcuts in sumi and light colors in the emerging Nihonga style of the turn of the 20th century, with a few decorative motives amidst mostly genre and landscape scenes. Interesting and unusual work.

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99.[EHON] Tani BUNCHO, artist. NIHON MEISAN ZUE 3 vols. Kyôto, Osaka, Edo, [1812]. String-bound, fukuro-toji, original printed paper title labels, b+w woodblock depictions of the "Famous Mountains of Japan." A work justly famed for its accurate representation of the mountains in question. According to Mitchell, this is the third printing, done in Bunka 9 [1812], some eight years after the original edition, but still retaining the freshness and vigor of line for which the book is known. Volumes 1 and 2 are clean. The final volume has spotted covers and a faint tide line at the bottom edge, below the illustrations throughout most of the volume, that rises near the end, and some slight marginal worming. This copy is printed with great skill and subtlety, in a very good impression. Very good overall.

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100.[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 in a custom clasped chitsu case.

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101.[EHON] Tatebayashi KAGEI. KÔRIN MANGA, Zen. [NAGOYA], Tôhekidô [Eirakuya Tôshiro]. 22.8 x 15.8 cm. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Sumi, b+w woodblock illustrations throughout, in the spirit of Ôgata Kôrin. This modest but lovely Rimpa work first appeared in 1817. This is a reprint, done by the house of Tôhekidô, with Forrer's ads G47, hence, probably published in the 1870s. Bound in the publisher's standard orange patterned covers with a printed paper title label. Very good condition, good impressions.

 

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102.[EHON] TOKYO RAKUJI. n.p., n.d. [Tokyo, c. 1869] 7 3/4" X 5 1/4". As per the copies catalogued in Mitchell, p.532, our copy appears to be bound similarly and without a printed title slip. Illustrated in b+w woodcut by various artists. Very good printing and condition. Interesting view of the new Japan immediately after the Restoration.

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103.[EHON] TOMIOKA Tessai. ISHO BOKUGI. N.P., N.D, [Kyôto, Unsôdô, Taishô12 (1923)]. 43.7 x 31.8 cm. Brocade silk cloth over boards, orihon. There are 15 large calligraphed pages and 13 colorful paintings by Tessai done in his inimitable style and expertly recreated by the woodcut printers at Unsôdô. A very unusual work, done in celebration of Tessai's lucky 88th birthday. There is a bit of foxing here and there. No copies located outside of Japan. In the original publisher's clasped chitsu case with printed paper title label.

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104.[EHON] Torii KIYONAGA, artist. EHON MUCHI BUKURO. Tôto [Edo], Iseya, Temmei 2 [1782]. 2 vols. in one. 21.4 x 15.1 CM, String- bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Extremely rare color printed book of scenes derring-do, rendered in Kiyonaga's wonderful style. Ten double page and three single page plates. Rubbed and a bit soiled, especially the first half of the work. With a [early 19th century?] hand drawn sketch of a tiger on the cover which is quite lovely in and of itself. There is a copy of this work in the British Museum, but I have not been able to track down any other copies outside Japan and the KSSM only lists the copy in the Diet Library.. [See Hillier 383, 387 for more on this work]. As the covers are not original, the title page, which had been laid down to the inner front cover, is missing as well. The colophon is present, as are the text and images. Though a prolific printmaker, Kiyonaga illustrated few books, though the quality of these designs makes one wonder why. In a handsome clasped chitsu case.

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105.[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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106.[EHON] Tsuji HOZAN, artist. BITCHU MEISHO ZUE [KO] 4 vols.. N.P. Gyokushô-en, Bunsei 5 [1822]. 26.4 x 18.5 cm. String-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji. Though the main copy catalogued in Mitchell is in 2 vols, hand cover-titled "KO", he acknowledges 4 volume copies as wel, cover-titled "ZUE", All internal titling of this work is "KO" & "Jô-Ge", as well, leading one to infer that the original form of this work was the 2 volume binding. With blue grey plain paper covers, 18 double page illustrations, lightly colored (more lightly and more toward the blue range than the 2 volume version we have seen) In very good condition, colors and impressions. Has an advertisement for Suharaya Mohei and many other Edo, Kyoto, Owari and Osaka booksellers laid onto the inside back cover. A very interesting and lovely work, at one time attributed to Suiseki, as the images are reminiscent of his work (and hence very good indeed), It has been established that Hôzan was not Suiseki, however, as his identity can be traced independently through contemporary sources. Complete, in a 20th century chitsu clasped case. Very scarce work. [SJ]

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107.[EHON] Tsukioka Settei. EHON SAGASHIGUSA [ONNA BUYU YOSO-OI KURABE]. Edo: Suharaya Mohei & Osaka: Ono Kihei, Meiwa 3 [1766]. 3 vols in one, string-bound Japanese-style in later covers with brushed title label. 26.8 X 18.4 cm, appears to be complete as gappon. Settei here signs himself Tsukioka Masanobu. One of the finest and most powerful of the mid-18th century ukiyo-e masters. The line is virile, the compositions daring - a thoroughly satisfying work - BUT, though it has been repaired, many of the illustrations (at least a fifth of them) have been irremedially damaged. The first printing was issued in Hôreki 6 [1757], but this issue is also every well printed. Very scarce work - few copies are located in KSSM.

$975.00

 

 

 

 

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108.[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 KÔCHÔ 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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110.[EHON] Yamaguchi SOKEN. SOKEN GAFU Sôka no Bu. 3 volumes, complete. Dark grey (replaced) covers with original printed title labels. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. 25.8 x 17.7 cm. Kyoto: Bunka 3 [1806] Illustrated in b+w and grey woodcut throughout. This is perhaps Sôken's most successful ehon - illustrating a series of plants and grasses quite wonderfully. There is much use of block scraping to produce wonderful printing effects, especially on leaves and stems. The difficulty of the printing techniques means that this book always hovers on the edge of aesthetic disaster - when it is good it is very good, when it doesn't work it dissolves into pictorial chaos. Ours is very good. As for bibliographic details, our colophon is identical to the Mitchell, etc. copies [Mitchell 498-9], save that in this one the ads on the inside back cover are gone. Good (slightly later) impressions. In good condition overall, the slight worming has been expertly mended. A nice copy of a very scarce and important book. Complete.

$2,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

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111.[EHON] YAMASHIRO MEISHO FUGETSU SHU. Kyoto, Torii Matashichi, Meiji 18 [1885]. 2 vols., complete, 26 X 17 cm. Yellow blindstamped pattern covers, printed paper title labels, string-bound Japanese- style, fukuro toji. Based on a reworking of the blocks from the 1861 work, TAMA HIROI, here with different preliminaries and finals, different haiku poems and reordered images with additions. Hence, not a reprint but a recreation of that late Edo era masterpiece, brought forward into Meiji. Very good condition, impressions, color. Complete. See Mitchell 551-2.

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113.[Ehon] Yanagawa Shigenobu, artist. YANAGAWA GAJO. Owari [Nagoya]: Minôya Iroku, Minôya Bunjirô, 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 Tôshirô [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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114.[EHON] Yashima GAKUTEI, artist. ICHIRO GAFU. Ôsaka, Maekawa Zembei, [preface dated zodiacally as 1823]. 22.1 X 15.4 cm. Orange covers blind-patterned with a lozenge design, dark blue printed paper title label, fukuro toji binding, string-bound Japanese style. Illustrated throughout in color with many single and double page landscapes with figures. [Re: Hillier & Smith #127; Hillier Vol.2 p.854,5; Ryerson 277] An important classic which Hillier explains is a reprint, without the verse, of an earlier two volume privately printed "Kyokabon", entitled "Sansui Kikan Kyôka Shû" by Gakutei. Our copy is intermediate in ndate between the true 1823 Gasendô version and the Meiji version by Kajita Kansuke of Nagoya. It is bound without the double page image at sheet 10/11 which is very frequently missing. Thus there is a total of 24 single page and 7 double page images in the delicate colors of a relatively early impression (much lighter and more delicate than the Kanjita Kansuke version) The impressions are good. The covers are stained and spotted, but the interior is clean. One volume, as issued.

$1,200.00

 

 

 

 

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115.[EHON]NISHIMURA Tomonari. KAKEMONO ZUKAGAMI. NP, Bunka 3 [1806]. 26.6 x 19 cm. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Interesting collection of 19 color printed images of "kakemono" fragrant curative talismans. See the copy at Waseda University for more on this book: http://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/html/wo06/wo06_03147/index. html Our copy is missing the title page which had been pasted on the inner front cover. The covers are replaced. Brushed title label. Some staining, a bit of worming, good impressions. [KSSM II, 101-2]

$850.00

 

 

 

 

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116.[EIRAKUYA TÔSHIRÔ] KOYAMA SHUNTEI, author. Numata Gessai, artist. EHON IMAGAWA JÔ 2 vols. Nagoya, Eirakuya Tôshirô, 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.

$1,250.00

 

 

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117.[HASSHU GAFU]. BAICHIKU RANGIKU [SHIFU]. 28.1 x 19.4 cm. One volume [THE ALBUM OF PLUM, BAMBOO, RAN AND CHRYSANTHEMUM] only of eight volumes originally published in Ming-era China. The Ming edition is unobtainable and the first Japanese edition of 1672 virtually so. This is almost certainly one of the volumes of the 1710 Kyoto edition, printed by Nakagawa Mohei. HASSHU GAFU literally translates as A COLLECTION OF EIGHT ILLUSTRATED SKETCH BOOKS. The books in the collection had no intrinsic connection with each other, save that they were heavily illustrated in woodcut. Some, like this one, are done on a botanical theme, others are illustrated poetry collections. In any event, the HASSHU GAFU had a great deal of influence on the Chinese style painters of the early Edo period once it was published there, an influence that only started to fade upon the import of the color printed MUSTARD SEED GARDEN and TEN BAMBOO HALL. This copy has the original dark blue green covers, printed on a thin hard tôshi paper, string-bound fukuro-toji Japanese-style with the original printed paper title label. Overall good condition, good impressions.

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118.(HOKUSAI MANGA) Katsushika I-itsu Denshin Kaishu HOKUSAI MANGA Happen. {Edo: Kadomaruya, Bunsei 2 [1819]}. 22.5 x 15.9 cm. String- bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Original covers with printed paper title label. Though Nagoya-based Eirakuya Tôshirô editions of the MANGA are quite common, the Edo issues by Kadomaruya are quite unusual. In addition, this is, of course, an early issue of volume eight, a book usually seen in late Edo-era, early Meiji versions. With an 8 page Kadomaruya advertisement bound in at the back. The printing is good, at first glance it seems light, even worn but examination under a lens reveals fine detail soon lost in later printings. A bit of internal and external soiling and rubbing, but, such early issues as this have utterly disappeared from the marketplace and are highly prized. The back cover and inner back cover colophon pastedown are gone, replaced by a plain paper cover.

$600.00

 

 

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119.(HOKUSAI MANGA) Katsushika I-itsu [Denshin Kaishu] HOKUSAI MANGA San-pen. Edo: Kadomaruya, Bunka 14 [1817]. 22.6 x 16.0 cm. String- bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Original covers with replaced, brushed title label. Though Nagoya-based Eirakuya Tôshirô editions of the MANGA are quite common, the Edo issues by Kadomaruya are quite unusual. In addition, this is, of course, an early issue of volume three, a book usually seen in late Edo-era, early Meiji versions. With an 8 page Kadomaruya advertisement bound in at the back. There are some badly rubbed spots, but the printing is quite good, at first glance it seems worn but examination under a lens reveals fine detail soon lost in later printings. There is internal and external soiling and rubbing, but, such early issues have utterly disappeared from the marketplace and are highly prized.

$675.00

 

 

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120.(HOKUSAI MANGA) Katsushika I-itsu [Denshin Kaishu] HOKUSAI MANGA Yon-pen. Edo: Kadomaruya, Bunsei 2 [1819]. 22.7 x 16.0 cm. String- bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Original covers with brushed title. Though Nagoya-based Eirakuya Tôshirô editions of the MANGA are quite common, the Edo issues by Kadomaruya are quite unusual. In addition, this is, of course, a relatively early issue of volume four, a book usually seen in late Edo-era, early Meiji versions. With an 8 page Kadomaruya advertisement bound in at the back. The printing is fair to good, at first glance it seems worn but examination under a lens reveals fine detail soon lost in later printings. A bit of internal and external soiling and rubbing, but, such early issues as this have utterly disappeared from the marketplace and are highly prized.

$650.00

 

 

 

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121.(HOKUSAI MANGA) Katsushika I-itsu [Denshin Kaishu] HOKUSAI MANGA Roppen. Edo: Kadomaruya, Bunsei 2 [1819]. 22.7 x 15.9 cm. String- bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Original covers with brushed title. Though Nagoya-based Eirakuya Tôshirô editions of the MANGA are quite common, the Edo issues by Kadomaruya are quite unusual. In addition, this is, of course, an early issue of volume six, a book usually seen in late Edo-era, early Meiji versions. With an 8 page Kadomaruya advertisement bound in at the back. The printing is good, at first glance it seems light, even worn but examination under a lens reveals fine detail soon lost in later printings. A bit of internal and external soiling and rubbing, but, such early issues as this have utterly disappeared from the marketplace and are highly prized.

$750.00

 

 

 

 

 

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122.(HOKUSAI MANGA) Katsushika I-itsu [Denshin Kaishu] HOKUSAI MANGA Jû-hen. Edo: Kadomaruya, Bunsei 2 [1819]. 22.7 x 16.0 cm. String- bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Original covers with brushed title. Though Nagoya-based Eirakuya Tôshirô editions of the MANGA are quite common, the Edo issues by Kadomaruya are quite unusual. In addition, this is, of course, an early issue of volume ten, a book usually seen in late Edo-era, early Meiji versions. Volume ten concluded the series in its first iteration. With an 8 page Kadomaruya advertisement bound in at the back. The printing is good, at first glance it seems light, even worn but examination under a lens reveals fine detail soon lost in later printings. A bit of internal and external soiling and rubbing, there is significant worming and some rubbing damage beyond mere thumbing, BUT, such early issues as this have utterly disappeared from the marketplace and are highly prized.

$725.00

 

 

 

 

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123.(HOKUSAI MANGA) Katsushika I-itsu [Denshin Kaishu] HOKUSAI MANGA Jû-hen. Nagoya: Eirakuya & Edo: Kadomaruya, N.D. [c. 1814/5] 22.7 x 15.7 cm. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Original covers with brushed title. Though Nagoya-based Eirakuya Tôshirô editions of the MANGA are quite common, the Edo issues by Kadomaruya are quite unusual. Here, the covers are definitely of the Kadomaruya "flavor" but the pseudo-colophon and ads correspond to the Eirakuya "A2; 01" designation for dating purposes developed by Matthi Forrer in his EIRAKUYA TOSHIRO Publisher at Nagoya. The date thus corresponds to 1814/5, just about the time this volume two of the series was produced. Like all MANGA volumes it is a book usually seen in late Edo-era, early Meiji versions. The printing is good, at first glance it seems light, even worn but examination under a lens reveals fine detail soon lost in later printings. A bit of internal and external soiling and rubbing, there is some rubbing damage beyond mere thumbing, BUT, such early issues as this have utterly disappeared from the marketplace and are highly prized.

$1,250.00

 

 

 

 

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124.(HOKUSAI MANGA) Katsushika I-itsu HOKUSAI MANGA Kyû-hen. Edo: Kadomaruya, Bunsei 2 [1819]. 22.2 x 15.9 cm. String-bound Japanese- style, fukuro-toji. Original covers with replaced, brushed title label. Though Nagoya-based Eirakuya Tôshirô editions of the MANGA are quite common, the Edo issues by Kadomaruya are quite unusual. In addition, this is, of course, an early issue of volume nine, a book usually seen in late Edo-era, early Meiji versions. With an 8 page Kadomaruya advertisement bound in at the back. With one small round wormhole piercing many pages, the printing is good, at first glance it seems worn but examination under a lens reveals fine detail soon lost in later printings. A bit of internal and external soiling and rubbing, BUT, such early issues have utterly disappeared from the marketplace and are highly prized.

$750.00

 

 

 

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125.[JAPANESE TOYS] TAKEDA Shin'ichi. NIHON GANGU-SHU. Kyôto, Unsôdô, Taishô 6 [1917]. 25 x 18 cm. 3 vols. The first two plate volumes have patterned paper over board covers, printed paper title labels. Bound orihon folding album style. There are eight pages of prefatory material followed by 74 color woodblock-printed images, some double page - depicting every sort of child's pastime from board games to hobby horses. Volume three is string-bound Japanese style in green paper covers with a printed paper label - the explanatory Japanese text describing the images. A well-printed and colorful overview of traditional toys in Japan. Very good condition, complete.

$1,600.00

 

 

 

 

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126.[KATAZOME] KANZAKA Onjun. TOKI TO NINGYO TO. Horita Ryôhei, n.p. [Osaka?], Shôwa 61 [1986]. 16.3 x 22.2 cm. Designed, printed and colored by Onjun in his katazome stencil medium. Number 49 of only 50 copies of this lovely book bound in orihon folding album style in stiff washi-covered boards and stenciled title label. All in a matching washi handmade paper covered clasped folding chitsu box. A lovely presentation of this artist's book in perfect condition. The subject of the 18 full page illustrations (and facing page text) is dolls and timepieces.

$485.00

 

 

 

 

 

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127.Kawamura Kihô, artist. KIHÔ 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. Kihô was the adopted son of Bumpô and his work rivals Bumpô'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.

$750.00

 

 

 

 

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128.KAWAMURA Teizan. BANKOKU TSÛSHIN ÔRAI. Tôkyô, Ôsaka, 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, Kôbe, 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 illustartions, the captions below. There are ships, products for import, the 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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129.Kawanabe Kyôsai [Gyôsai]. KYÔSAI 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 the original folding clasped "chitsu" box with a colorful woodblock printed label. 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 quality of the impressions and the general condition render it a desirable copy. Very good and complete.

$1,400.00

 

 

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130.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:

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131.[MANUSCRIPT EHON] Jichôsai, artist. KATSURA KASANE. This manuscript copy of Jichôsai'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 artist 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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132.[MILITARY] NAKANISHI Ki-ichirô, author. SEIYÔ 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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133.Nishiyama HOEN; Nishiyama KAN'EI. YUSEIRO GAKO. Osaka, Nishiyama Kinnosuke. Meiji 31 [1898]. 15.8 x 18.2 cm. Orihon folding album, a compilation of the work of Hôen and Kan'ei on Noh and Kyôgen scenes. Aoki Susandô and Yamada Unsôdô collaborated as sales agents for this work in Tôkyô and Kansai, and worked with Ozawa in Nagoya, as well. Though Hôen had died many years before, his son Kan'ei supplied the drawings based on his father's work. He died the year before this work appeared. There are 12 lovely double page color woodblock prints. Very good condition overall, with the original printed title label and covers. Quite unusual. We can find no reference to it in the standard references.

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134.[PRINT ALBUM] Takeuchi SEIHO. SEIHO IPPINSHU. Kyoto & Tokyo, Unsôdô, Shôwa 12 - 14 [1937 - 9]. 53.2 cm x 42.7 cm. The first series, complete with all 31 prints which were issued in two formats: (1) ten paper fascicules and also (2) tassel-bound by the publisher in brocade covers in book form. Our copy in the latter book form retains the original printed title label ["SEIHO'S MASTERWORKS"], with new brocade covers. In his catalogue of the recent NYPL ehon exhibition, Roger Keyes devotes quite a bit of attention to this work, which he quotes Jack Hillier as naming "one of the most magnificent printing achievements of the twentieth century." Most sets were destroyed, as were the blocks, when the printer's studio in Tokyo burned during the war, making the IPPINSHU very nearly a lost masterpiece complete. Given the circumstances of its creation and destruction, it is assumed that there was but one printing. There are 18 woodcuts, double oban in size, as well as 13 other prints done in collotype, lithography and experimental combinations - all the most advanced techniques of the time are lovingly employed to capture Seihô's art. Though the interleaved tissue is occasionally browned and stained, the prints themselves are for the most part bright and clean, without the foxing usually found with this work. A very important collection and a rarity, complete. All enclosed in a custom clasped chitsu case.

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135.[TSUTAYA JUZABURÔ] Ishikawa Masamochi, author. EHON NIJÛYONKÔ 3 vols. Edo, Tsutaya Juzaburô, 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 Juzaburô 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 Juzaburô 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