[SKETCH TOUR GENRE] NAKAZAWA Hiromitsu, artist. SAIGOKU SAN-JÛ-SAN-SHO JUNREI EMAKI. Osaka & Tokyo, Kanao Bun'endô, publisher. Taishô 14 [1925]. Oblong portfolio of ôban size woodblock prints after designs by Hiromitsu, detailing the famous pilgrimage sites (and sights) in western Japan. The blocks were cut by Okada Seijirô and the printers were Ôkura, Nishimura, et al. Kanao Takejirô's only portfolio project undertaken in the twenty years between the time he moved from Tokyo after the disastrous earthquake and the immediate aftermath of the Pacific War.

There are nine color woodblock printed preliminary pages, 37 pilgrimage views, a final portrait of Hiromitsu by an artist friend, and eleven typeset caption pages, explaining the scenes depicted, (in Japanese).

A lovely and very important series of images, produced by the most important publisher of the "sketchtour" genre.

A set in very nice condition, with only very mild occasional foxing to the preliminaries and finals, in the original inner and outer printed covers (approx. 16" x 10.75"). The prints are well- printed (in the light crumbly style meant to capture the essence of Hiromitsu's watercolors) and in very good condition. Complete:

$4,250.00