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1.[BOOKPLATES - CREATIVE PRINT MOVEMENT] OKAMOTO Sho. OKAMOTO SHÔGO ZÔSHOHYÔ SAKUHIN-SHÛ. Tôkyô, Gohachi, Heisei 4 [1992]. Enclosed in a book form clamshell box, a folio of 23 examples of bookplates by the skilled engraver, Okamoto Shôgo, who died in 2001 at the age of 81. Each bookplate is signed in pencil by him. This is #40 of an edition of 55 copies. Near new condition in the original glassine.

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2.[BOOKPLATES - CREATIVE PRINT MOVEMENT] YAMAUCHI Kinsaburô. ÔTSU- E ZÔHYÔSHÛ. Tôkyô, Gohachi, Shôwa 62 [1987]. String-bound, Japanese-style, with 12 color woodblock printed bookplates. 18.1 x 15.6 cm Enclosed in a washi paper wraparound with printed paper title label. This is #36 of 50 copies, done as a reprint of the original edition done in 20 copies in Shôwa 35 [1960]. Fine condition.

$375.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3.[CREATIVE PRINT MOVEMENT] KANAMORI Yoshio. KOZAN. Nihon Aishokai, Shôwa 45, signed by Kanamori. Number 147 of 150 copies. Huge western bound folio, 45.9 x 31.7 cm. Each of the 15 color woodblock illustrations is double page - and are in consequence remarkably large and therefore difficult to print. Quite a tribute to the ongoing skill of the woodblock printers in Japan, even 25 years after the end of the war. Very fine condition throughout, in the dustwrapper.

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4.[DESIGN BOOK] Takeuchi SEIHO. SEIHO IPPINSHU. Kyoto & Tokyo, Unsôdô, Meiji 12 - 13 [1935 - 6]. The first series, complete with 31 prints in 10 portfolios of SEIHO'S MASTERWORKS. In EHON: THE ARTIST AND THE BOOK IN JAPAN, Roger Keyes' catalogue to the 2007 NYPL exhibition of the same name, quite a bit of attention is paid to this work. The entry quotes Jack Hillier, who called it "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 quite scarce.

There are 20 woodcuts, double oban in size, as well as 11 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.

The prints are bright and clean. The portfolios have undergone a bit of age wear and toning. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A magnificent collection.

$20,000.00 

 

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5.[DESIGN] Furuya KORIN. SEIKA. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 36 [1903]. Tall folio folding album, 36.8 X 24.9 cm, Double-page table of contents and final colophon page. The latter indicates this is a "saihan", a reprint done a month after the first printing. There are 12 large double-page designs in color woodcut by Furuya Kôrin, one of the most important of Unsôdô's early neo-Rimpa designers. Superbly printed by Unsôdô in intense colors, metallic inks, etc. The covers are a bit worn, but overall a nice copy of a stunning and very scarce book in a custom clasped chitsu case. This book should be and will be ranked right along Sekka's as a masterpiece of the genre.

$3,600.00

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. [DESIGN] KYÔTO BIJUTSU KYÔKAI. KYÔTO BIJUTSU ZASSHI 1,2. Kyôto, Tanaka Jihei. Meiji 23, 25 [1890,92] Cord-bound wrappers. 26.1 x 19.1 cm. Though this journal would go on to become a long- lived and important journal of art and design in Japan under the modified title Kyôto Bijutsu Kyôkai Zasshi, these first two issues were all done under the original title and are scarcely ever found. Tanaka Jihei employed both Kamisaka Sekka and the eventual founder of Unsôdô, Yamada Naosaburô. In the 90's, it was the focus of the rebirth of design, especially Rimpa inspired design. There are a number of exquisitely printed color woodblock prints in the two issues here presented. Both volumes are in very good condition, enclosed in a custom clasped chitsu case. Very scarce.

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7.[DESIGN] Ueno SEIKÔ, designer. NIHON-BI THE BEAUTIFUL OF JAPAN. Kyôto, Meiji 38 [1905] 24.0 x 34.7 cm, oblong album of wonderful color printed woodblock prints after designs by Seikô, the artist behind such series as YACHIGUSA. Though Yamada Naosaburô of Unsôdô is listed as sales agent, the printer/publisher is Murakami Kanbei, who is praised by Seikô in his introduction. There are 17 designs on 12 pages, employing every skill of the printers' arts in turn of the century Kyôto. Interesting for the fact that every design is accompanied by a explanatory bilingual text in English and Japanese, describing the import of the image to a Japanese observer. Seikô, who had primarily published kimono designs, is here reaching to a more universal design aesthetic - "design for design's sake". Virtually an unknown piece, there appear to be two copies outside of Japan (one in a private collection), but the book does not appear in any of the standard references. A very good copy, the printing and coloration are superb.

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8.[EHON - SHUNGA] UTAGAWA Kuniyoshi and Kunisada, artists. EHON OTSUMORI 3 vols. N.P. [Edo?] Preface dated Bunsei 9 [1826] 22 x 17 cm., String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro toji, in the original covers, with title labels. The colors, condition and printing are excellent. Kunisada was already famous when this work was published, about 40 years of age. Kuniyoshi was still quite young, in his twenties. Both are renowned for their early works like this one which were designed and executed to very high standards. There are a total of twenty-five double page scenes across the three volumes. Sedate genre scenes, as well as intense erotica complete with nuns, hermaphrodites, etc. Although shunga have been largely ignored in the literature, the recent show at the British Museum which became a travelling exhibition, aims to correct that oversight. Quite an important example of the genre. In a recent leather-backed book box.

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9.[Ehon] Hashimoto Okiie, artist. NIPPON NO SHIRO. Tokyo: Katô Hanga Kenkyûsho, Shôwa 19 [1944]. 29.2 x 21.1 cm. String-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji in a printed dustwrapper, in a clasped chitsu case. 13pp. text + 12 woodcuts. This study in words and woodblock prints of twelve of the most famous feudal era castles in Japan is a remarkable testament to the resiliency of the Japanese creative impulse, even in the midst of the Pacific War. The scholarly text is by Kishida Hideto and the twelve double-page color woodblock prints were designed by Hashimoto, here reveling in the subject he knew and loved best. Depicted are Chiyoda Castle in Tokyo, Osaka Castle, Hirosaki Castle, Okayama Castle, Matsuyama Castle, along with Himeji, Kôchi, Ogaki, Oyama, Nagoya, Komoro and Hikone Castles, many of which would be in ashes within a year. This is a lavish and very well-printed production on good paper. The prints are very fresh. [See Hillier 1044,5]

$1,400.00

 

 

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10.[EHON] KANYÔSAI, artist. KANGA SHINAN. 2 volumes. Kyoto: Hishiya Magobei, An-ei 8 [1779]. 2 vols., 25.7 x 18 cm., individually complete in embossed green paper covers with original printed paper labels. String-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji. An important Nanga drawing book in b+w, here in moderate to good impression and very good condition with just a bit of worming to a few margins. It appears to be the same edition as the one at Ryerson 414. See also Mitchell 335. Kanyôsai was one of the graphic masters of the late 18th century. With ten sheets of ads from Hishiya Magobei bound in to the rear of the book. Internal evidence from the ads would seem to put the ad sheets if not the content pages into the Tempô period (1830's). Complete with the original printed fukuro outer wrapper and rare as such.

$1,200.00

 

 

 

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11.[EHON] OKA Genpô, editor. Tachibana Kunio, artist. MÔSHI HINBUTSU GAKÔ. 7 kan in 3 volumes. Edo, Naniwa, Heian, Temmei 5 [1785]. 26.3 x 18.7 cm. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Original blindstamped blue paper covers, no title labels. Slight worming, else very good in very good impression. Lovely set of b+w images of plants and animals described in the Chinese classic Book of Odes. The recourse to the Classics for the cataloging and analysis of the natural world was as common in the West as it is here, before the introduction of the scientific method. Useful as a vade mecum to traditional science in East Asia, to the vibrancy of the Japanese publishing world in producing Chinese works for the Japanese public and to the use of the visual image in depicting the natural world with increasing accuracy. Complete in a recent navy blue chitsu clasped case.

$2,250.00

 

 

 

 

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12.[EHON] SHIBATA ZESHIN, artist. Zeshin Iboku TAIRYÛKYO GAFU. 25.7 x 18.2 cm. Tôkyô, Meiji 40 [1907]. Folding orihon album, in the original covers with a printed paper title label. 12 double page color woodblock prints based on designs by Zeshin, the noted painter and lacquer artist, who had died a number of years earlier. He had contributed to several print collections during his lifetime but this posthumous collection is all based on his work. Very good condition, in a clasped chitsu case.

$1,600.00

 

 

 

 

 

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13.[EHON] Shikatsubeno Magao, et al. HAIKAIKA MITSUDOMOE. 23.3 x 17.1 cm. Backed orihon album format. Original covers and title label. Privately printed, the preface is dated Bunsei 10 [1827] The artist who designed the three color prints is Takashima Chiharu, known for his artistic contributions to kyôkabon and haikai works such as this one. The printing quality is excellent. An interesting example of the genre, following in the format of earlier works. Very unusual to find such an ephemeral production.

$3,500.00

 

 

 

 

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14.[EHON] Utagawa TOYOKUNI I. Yôbô Shashin HAIYU SANKAI-KYO. Edo, Nishimiya Shinroku, Yorozuya Tajiemon, Kansei 13 [1801]. 21.6 x 15.2 cm., hanshibon, string-bound, fukuro-toji. With the original blind-stamped covers. The printed title labels is soiled but present on volume one and nearly gone from volume two. It has the title page mounted on the inner front cover of volume one and the colophon at the end of volume two. The text is by the famous Edo comic author and theatrical devotee, Shikitei Samba, and the prints by Toyokuni I in his prime. A collection of images of famous actors of the day on their days off, as it were. One could translate the title as something like: ACTORS WITHOUT MAKEUP. The two volumes are complete as issued. The books, especially volume two, are soiled and the colors are a bit faded throughout but the printing is good or better of this important and very unusual title. Toda/Ryerson p. 287-8. A copy was the 76th item in the Gerstle, Clark and Yano catalogue, KABUKI HEROES ON THE OSAKA STAGE, and the 57th item in Isseido's 100th anniversary catalogue, published in 2003. Very good overall.

$8,500.00

 

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15.[EHON] Yoshida Kenkô; Nishikawa Sukenobu. EHON TSUREZUREGUSA 3 vols. [Kyôto, Genbun 5 {1740}] With a dated preface but without the final colophon. An ôhon, 26.5 x 18.5 cm. Wonderful visual interpretation of Kenkô's classic essays, bringing the humor and bustle of the Tokugawa era to his "random jottings" about affairs of (a much earlier) day. The covers are replaced but, internally the paper is in good condition and the printing is good, if a bit heavy and thus a bit later. That and the lack of a colophon is reflected in our price for this scarce and important book.

$1,750.00

 

 

 

 

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16.[EMAKI - HANDSCROLL] Anonymous. A PAINTED HANDSCROLL OF HORSES. [N.p., n.d.] This lengthy scroll is some 52 1/2 feet long and 12 1/8 inches high. The subject is horses. A brief table at the start identifying horses by various physical characteristics is followed by 106 lively illustrations of horses of various kinds in a variety of attitudes, each with a brief note above it. Horses with light and dark coats, be they black, white, gray, tawny, copper or dappled, some with long tails and/or manes, cantor, gallop and race the length of the scroll, playfully nipping and nuzzling along the way, stopping only occasionally to graze and rest. The scroll closes with a brief encomium to the Yellow Emperor for being the first to understand and nurture horses, teaching them, and along the way, imbuing them with the spirit and mystical ways of the dragon. This is followed by an image of the Yellow Emperor and a horse standing before the dragon. The text is classical Chinese but the scroll is almost certainly Japanese, probably from the early nineteenth century, having been repaired and remounted in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

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17.[FLOWERS]. KANJI SHOHIN GASHU {Kyôto, MARIA Gabô, Shôwa 8 [1933]} 29.5 x 41.6 cm., 15 oblong color woodblock prints of flowers, many in fan format. Maria Gabô was a very skillful woodblock printing house in the 1930s. Their aesthetic sense differs from others of the period, the palette is subtler, the printing more "boneless" - overall a more painterly effect is achieved in this group of prints by two of the most celebrated Kyoto artists of the day, Kobayashi Kanji (1892-1974) and Matsumura Suihô. Here, MARIA has created prints embellished with all the effects of a deluxe production, bokashi, mica, overprinting, etc., etc. The original ribbon-bound boards with printed paper title label are worn, the prints themselves are very good. Very unusual collection, MARIA Gabô productions have almost always been broken up for the prints. Complete.

$1,850.00

  

 

 

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18.[HIINAGATA-BON] Sawamori Jyakken, designer. [TÔSEI] MOYÔ [ISAI] HIINAGATA 3 vols. in two. Hô-ei 2 [1705]. Large volumes, 27.1 x 19.0 cm. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukurô-toji. An early kimono design book with the large and bold designs commmon in the late 17th, early 18th century. It has been rebound sometime in the past into two volumes but is complete with all 100 designs. A lovely and important book. Such design books were employed as idea books in the kimono business and few early examples like this one remain complete or as clean as this one is. In a custom clasped chitsu case.

$3,500.00

  

 

 

 

 

 

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19.[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 28 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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20.Miki Tei-ichi, author; G. Takahashi, translator into English. PICTORIAL DESCRIPTIONS OF FAMOUS PLACES IN JAPAN. Vol.1. Tokyo: Kyûshundô, Meiji 21 [1888]. Tri-lingual text, Japanese, Chinese and English. String-bound Japanese-style in flexible paper covers, 18.4 x 12.4 cm. 10 double page color printed woodcuts, most of which are signed in the plate by Ogata Gekkô or Kobayashi Eitaku, the important mid-Meiji artists. The text is printed in Western- style movable type. An interesting verbal and pictorial rendition of Westernizing Japan in the Victorian age, here delivering traditional scenes from nature and history. Very good in very good impression and colors. A relatively unusual book. Complete, in a clasped chitsu case. Though a series of ten volumes was planned, it appears only this one appeared under this title, with two more "biographical" volumes issued under separate titles. There also had been an earlier volume on views in Tôkyô, issued by the same publisher.

$975.00

 

 

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21.Ômichi Hirô, editor. Nijûni-kai NIKA GASHÛÔsaka, Asahi Shinbunsha, Shôwa 10 [1935]. 38.1 x 26.5 cm. Folio, printed wrappers. Profusely illustrated with b+w photo illustrations of art exhibited in the annual 1935 Nikakai exhibition. Very good condition. Interesting resource on this important group.

$225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22.[PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] Kyôyôsha. Kenchiku Shashin Ruishû I-IN KENCHIKU Kan Ni. Tôkyô, Shôwa 8 [1933]. 19.5 x 15.4 cm. Spiral- bound wrappers. 50 plates and text on designs for Doctor's clinic buildings. A very Modernist architectural vocabulary. From the important series of illustrated professional guides for architects put out by Kyôyôsha before the war. A bit worn and toned but about good condition overall, with the original publisher's slipcase.

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23.SERIZAWA Keisuke, artist. Shinpan EHON DON KIHOUTE [Tôkyô] Shôwa 53 [1978]. 10.0 x 9.2 cm. #74 of 280 copies, handcoloring over machine printing. This lovely little book is a miniature version of the stencil-printed "new version" of Don Quixote done by Serizawa. The large format version in 185 copies had sold out very quickly and it was Serizawa's idea to create this small format work based on the same illustrations, with hand-coloring to give it spirit. Quite scarce now, a wonderful book, here in near perfect condition in the original publisher's clasped chiitsu case and outer box.

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24. SERIZAWA Keisuke. KATAZOME RINBYÔ 2 vols. #154 of 230 cc., Tôkyô, Gohachi, Shôwa 57 [1982] 2 orihon folding albums, 18.2 x 15.1 cm. All enclosed in the original publisher's clasped wraparound case and shipping box. There are 84 small designs tipped onto the album pages. A very unusual collection of Serizawa's work. Instead of bookplates, here presented as matchbox label size and a bit larger.

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25.[ENPON - SHUNGA] Kitagawa UTAMARO, artist. MICHIYUKI KOI NO FUTOSAO. N.D. [1802]. 21.1 x 15.0 cm. 3 volumes. Original handpainted covers, and abraded original title labels. The b+w version of this important work of erotica by Utamaro, usually accepted as the original edition before the addition of color blocks. A very good printing. One face is a bit abraded and there is finger soiling but overall a good copy of a very scarce and beautiful book. In a modern clasped chitsu case.

$8,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

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26. [SHUNGA] Utagawa KUNISADA, artist. Kanadehon YAKÔ NO TAMA 3 vols. N.P., N.D. [Late Edo period, Edo?] 22.4 x 15.5 cm String- bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. With original covers and title labels. Kunisada was a masterful designer in the ukiyoe style who composed many shunga works, as well as gazeteers, maps, prints, etc. This book of erotic images reflects a popular Kabuki play the Kanadehon Chûshingura, based on the story of the 47 Rônin, here with an explicitly erotic twist. The covers are a bit worn but the contents are quite well-printed with good colors. Like most empon (erotic works) this book was banned for many years and it is only in the current cultural climate that many of these lovely works are emerging into the marketplace. Complete.

$4,500.00

 

 

  

 

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27.[SHUNGA] Yôshû CHIKANOBU, artist. ENSHI GOSHÛ YOJÔ 3 vols. N.P., N.D. 24.8 x 18.1 cm String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro- toji, in the original covers, volume two still has its printed title label, the other two labels are gone. The covers are a bit rubbed, but internally the condition and printing are very good. Chikanobu was an accomplished ukiyo-e artist from the late Edo up to his death during Taishô. No one has hazarded a guess as to the date of this work, save the "late 19th century", but, judging by the colors, etc., I would think it to be the late 1870s or early 1880s. A fine example of the deluxe printing of erotica at the time - with karazuri blind-printing, etc. Complete.

$2,400.00

 

 

 

 

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28.[SHUNGA EHON] Kitagawa UTAMARO, artist. Empon SOKO NO UME. N.P., N.D. [Edo?, 1800?] A small, 18.7 x 12.8 cm, orihon with 12 double- page erotic scenes of great charm and skill. The compositions are wonderful, the printing excellent and the colors still lovely. A superb example of the genre by one of ukiyo-e's greatest masters. Despite shunga's popularity, particularly in the 19th century, Harunobu, Utamaro and Hokusai as here, defined the peak of Japanese erotic art in prints for all time.

There appears to be a copy of this title in the Research Institute for Japanese Literature in Tokyo and another at the British Museum. The copy at hand is an equal to those in printing quality and in better colors and condition. Complete, in worn but original covers and title label, some soiling, but very good internally. Enclosed in a custom clasped chitsu case.

$17,500.00

 

 

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29.[SHUNGA EHON] [Utagawa Kuninao?]. HOSHIZUKIYO Ito no Shirabe. 3 vols., N.P., N.D. [c. 1850s] 21.9 x 15.4 cm String-bound, Japanese- style, fukuro toji. Original covers and title labels for this well- printed, rather deluxe erotica title. Many color double page illustrations of couples in the act. The colors are much less garish than most created during the period. In very good condition overall. An excellent example of the genre from the late Edo period.

$2,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

$7,500.00