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1. [BIRD AND FLOWER] Watanabe Seitei. SEITEI KACHO. Tôkyô, Okura Shoten, Okura Yasugorô, Taishô 5 [1916]. Brown cloth clasped portfolio, 28.2 x 38 cm. A complete collection of the 22 color prints, the preface and table of contents page, 24 sheets in all, with a colophon label on the inside of the rear cover. A wonderful production in color woodblock of the work of the important artist Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918). Okura Shoten was also the publisher of Seitei's other two books, the 3 volume SEITEI KACHO GAFU of 1890-1 and the KACHO GAFU of 1903, but this portfolio is by far the rarest of all his works. Prints from the series are seldom seen and much prized, complete sets like this one are vanishingly rare. Overall the condition of the covers is quite good and the prints are well printed. The heavy paper on which the prints are mounted are a bit toned but the prints themselves are quite good and clean, with wonderful colors and impressions. A cornerstone of any Japanese bird and flower collection. Enclosed in a custom clasped cloth box.

$7,500.00

 

 

 

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2. [COMMERCIAL ART]. GENDAI SHOGYO BIJUTSU ZENSHU THE COMPLETE COMMERCIAL ARTIST 24v. Tokyo, ARS, Shôwa 3 [1928] 24 large slender 8vo. vols., 27.0 x 19.4 cm. This edition bound in paper wrappers. A remarkable compendium, heavily illustrated in color and b+w, exploring the whole world of commercial art, in Japan and abroad, for the professional. With remarkable articles by the leading proponents of Japanese advertising and commercial art of the day. One occasionally finds odd volumes of this thematically organized work, but it is very unusual thus, complete. Essential reference to late Taishô, early Shôwa culture. All but volume 7 have their original printed card slipcases. Also, the set seems to have belonged to a very literate reader. 15 of the 24 volumes have their original advance monthly "geppo" advertisements for the series laid in. Plus there are three ARS publishing company sale catalogs for books, an ARS monthly newsletter, an ARS order form, and one from Kawara Shoten. All quite interesting as they are contemporary advertisements for ARS, the foremost art critical publisher of the day. The set is a bit worn, but overall in good or better condition, with lots of additional material, as described.

$3,850.00

 

 

 

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3. [DRAWING MANUAL] Fushimi Kameya Hanbei, printer. ATE-E HITORI-GEIKO. Fushimi [Kyôto] Kôka 5 [1848]. 25.4 x 18.0 cm, original fukuro-toji string-bound volume with the publisher's covers and worn title label. The title is sometimes read as TÔGA HITORI KEIKO (See the copy at the MFA Boston), we are using the reading employed by Waseda University for their copy. There also may be a copy at the National Diet Library, but that appears to be all. A remarkably unusual and wonderfully printed drawing guide in sumi and delicate light colors. Outstanding printing skills demonstrated in this lovely book. In a custom chitsu clasped case.

$2,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. [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 clasped case with the remains of a title label. 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 near fine condition, early impressions on very thin and strong paper. One closed tear of a print, else fine.

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.

$4,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. [EHON - TOBA-E]. TOBA-E AKUBI-DOME. [Osaka], Kawachiya Kihei & Kawachiya Einosuke. 25.2 x 17.8 cm., String-bound Japanese-style fukuro toji. Charcoal grey original covers with printed paper title labels. 3 vols Black & white woodblock comic caricatures of people. By Takahara Shunchôsai. There is a one page introduction. Mitchell claims a publication date of 1788, but the KSSM locates only the 1793 edition, as is the copy in the British Museum. Though we have all seen the Kajita Kansuke Meiji-era reprints, the early editions of these delightful TOBA-E genre books are rare, indeed.In a custom clasped chitsu case. With a bit of marginal staining and the occasional marginal inkspot, but good condition and printing overall, in a custom clasped chitsu case..

$1,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

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6. [EHON] IKE NO TAIGA, artist. TAIGADO GAFU. [Kyoto], Prefatory date of Kyôwa 3 [1803], no colophon, like the Mitchell copy at page 509. 30.0 x 19.2 cm. Orihon folding album in rubbed tan covers with the original printed title label. Profusely illustrated throughout in color - this great classic of Nanga "literati" book illustration is here in beautiful impressions and colors, in very clean, very good condition internally. It is complete. For more information on this work, see pp. 22, 259, 283, 617, 631-3 & 670 in Hillier's ART OF THE JAPANESE BOOK, pp. 212-214 & plate 70 in Chibbett's HISTORY OF JAPANESE PRINTING AND BOOK ILLUSTRATION as well as Keyes, Brown, etc. In a clasped chitsu case.

$27,500.00

 

 

  

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7. [EHON] Kameda BOSAI, artist. KYOCHUZAN. Yellowish-green covers with a geometric lacquer pattern. Title label printed in brown on creme. This copy differs enough from the Mitchell choices at pp. 383-4 that it makes little sense to compare too closely. String- bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji. 28.0 x 18.4 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. Near fine example in a custom clasped chitsu case.

$3,750.00

 

 
 
 

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8. [EHON] Katô Bunrei (1706-1782). REI GASEN 3 volumes. An-ei 8 [1779]. Edo, Wakabayashi Sei-ei. 26.4 x 18.4 cm. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. In the original covers with printed title labels. This set of selections from the designs of Bunrei was edited by his students, Okada Bunkô and Hirayama Bunkyô. Bunrei was a samurai of great skill and individuality as an artist. He was the mentor of Tani Bunchô in the latter's early years. The work at hand captures the breadth of his skill, in subject and style. Mostly printed in sumi shades with a few images also printed with color. Very good printing, a few stains, but overall, very good condition. A very scarce book in any condition or degree of completeness, as here, remarkable. Perhaps a bit later printing after the Nakamura Shôsuke and Yamazaki Kimbei Edo printing of the same year found at Mitchell p.448 under the title REI GASEN, but the printing quality is very similar. In a custom clasped chitsu case.

$3,250.00

 

 

 

 

 

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9. [EHON] Kawamura KIHÔ, artist. KAFUKU NIMPITSU. Osaka & Kyoto, Bunka 6 [1809]. 17.9 x 26.0 cm. 25 double page lightly colored illustrations. For all intents and purposes identical to the copy at Mitchell 322-3, save that the covers are darker brown with a blindstamping of geometric patterns and chrysanthemum mon. The afterword is dated winter 1808 and the colophon spring 1809, so a very early copy indeed. Very clean with the printed paper title slip. String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji. Internally a very good printing in good or better condition. An uncommon title by this important artist. See Hillier's compendium for more on this work which he and many others have enjoyed through the years. A cornerstone of Shijô art illustration in book form.

$4,250.00

 

 

 

 

 

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10. [EHON] [Ki Baitei, artist]. KYÛRO GAFU. 1 volume. Kôto [Kyôto], N.D. [Bunsei?]. 26.2 x 18.6 cm String-bound Japanese style fukuro- toji. Resembles the copy "c" in Mitchell at p. 403 for the presence of 64 single page images in sumi, (a greater number of images than the first edition with poems, the poems being omitted and images added in all subsequent editions, including this one) the 2 pp. preface and Ryuga afterword with the date of 1797, but there is no colophon. It has the same covers as the "c" example, yellow covers (soiled) with a medallion pattern and with a printed paper title label. Mitchell noted that the page numbers in his version "c" did not seem integral to the blocks and, indeed, they are not present in this copy. Also, there are 8 pages of advertisements from Yoshida Shimbei bound in at the back of the book. So, an interesting variant edition. In very good condition and good printing overall. In a custom slipcase. Baitei [1734-1810] was one of the most eminent of Buson's students and this book is probably his finest - dynamic, fresh and understated all at the same time. An unusual book in the marketplace nowadays.

$3,750.00 

 

 

 

 

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11. [EHON] Maruyama OKYO. ÔKYO GAFU [EN-OO GAFU] 2 vols.. n.d., n.p., String-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. With light colors and very good impressions. The original edition was published by Yoshida Shimbei in 1837. This copy, however, has neither title page nor colophon. The covers, with a subtle blindstamped vegetal pattern, are yellow and the title labels are printed in brown/purple on white. Resembles the copy "B", printed in 1860, at Mitchell 251,2 save that it has no colophon and is published by Hishiya Magobei of Kyôto. This copy overall captures the visual impact of this scarce and important work. Enclosed in a custom clasped chitsu case.

$1,400.00

 

 

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12. [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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13. [EHON] Ôkubo SHIBUTSU, editor. [Shibutsu Rôjin jô ITSUMEI] SHOGACHÔ [Bunsei Nenkan Eto Shika.] [Edo, Tempô 1 {1830} 24.3 x 16.8 cm. Orihon folding album mottled light blue covers (probably the same covers as the Mitchell copy at page 481) Hillier was quite taken with this book, illustrating it in his 2 volume set on Ehon, and discussing its importance, as well. There is a copy at the Freer and one at the British Museum. Mitchell had catalogued the Hillier copy. The copy at hand has no title label. Missing the 2 page afterword, but with the preface and all prints, delicately rendered. A wonderful work. In a custom clasped chitsu case.

$2,750.00

 

 

 

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14. [EHON] Ôoka Shumboku. Wakan Meihitsu GAHIN 3 volumes. Ôsaka and Edo, Hôreki 11 [1761]. 26.3 x 18.2 cm. Original covers and worn printed paper title labels. A collection of images in black and white woodcut that capture the important influence of Chinese tradition on Japanese aesthetics. A good printing with occasional ink stains. Overall, a good copy of this set. In a custom clasped chitsu case.

$850.00

 

 

  

 

 

 

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15. [EHON] Satô SUISEKI. SUISEKI GAFU. Bunka 11 [1814]. 25.6 X 18.8 cm. This copy of the first series of Suiseki's gafu of figures is a classic of the Shijô genre, universally praised. [See Mitchell pp 505,6; Hillier Vol.2, pp. 753-6; Holloway 51; Ryerson 379; Brown p.93] This copy is of a very good impression with all the extra color blocks, bokashi, etc. of the original edition, it is virtually identical to the Mitchell copy. Some sumi writing on the front cover and rear mikaeshi, but the impressions and color carry the day visually. Overall, a very nice copy in a good printing and excellent colors of this cornerstone work of Shijô illustration. A very scarce and important work. In a clasped chitsu case.

$4,850.00

 

 

  

 

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16. [EHON] Shijô School Anthology. TAMA HIROI. Kyoto: Omiya Matashichi. [c.1861]. 2 vols., String-bound Japanese style [fukurô toji], 25.7 x 16.8 cm. Identical to Mitchell's "Example A", the Omiya issue in two volumes, complete, save that the "5th preface" is not included present. All the prints, poems, finals, etc. are the same as the Mitchell copy. This variant issue is an excellent printing in good colors.

TAMA HIROI is an important anthology, providing exclamatory punctuation to the development of Edo Shijô book illustration. The quality of the technique would not be approached again until the heyday of Meiji color printing thirty years later when the aesthetic had been irrevocably transformed. Therefore, in our opinion, TAMA HIROI is a cornerstone piece in any Edo ehon collection. [Re: Mitchell p. 512,3; Brown 127; Ravicz 45; Hillier Vol.2]

Our copy has the original covers and title labels. It is a clean and well-printed copy of this important work. It also includes a publisher's wraparound case with a printed paper title label, that reads MIYAKO MEISHO KUNGYOKU SHÛ, one of its alternative titles. In a custom clasped chitsu case. Complete.

$3,500.00

 

 

 

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17. [EHON]. TOBA-E SANGOKU-SHI. 3 Vols., Osaka, Kawachiya Kihei and Kawachiya Eisuke, Kansei 5 [1793]. 25.8 x 18.5 cm. Original dark blue covers, string-bound Japanese style, fukuro toji, with the pink printed paper title labels. A nice 18th century edition of this work in good impression. Originally published in the 1720's. Though the artist is unnamed, several candidates have been mentioned, including Ôoka Shumboku. 18th century editions of Toba- e books are becoming increasingly uncommon. In a custom clasped chitsu case. The covers are worn, but overall a good copy of this book. An excellent example of the somewhat madcap humor of the Toba-e genre. With a bookseller's advertisement at the end which indicates this edition of the book was part of a series of Toba- ehon brought out by the same publisher - SANGOKUSHI, ÔGI NO MATO and TÔBA GURUMA.

$1,500.00

 
 
 
 
 

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18. [EHON] Yamamoto BAIOKU, artist. BAIOKU GAFU. N.P., N.D. No publishing information, but the final note is dated Keiô Gan-nen [1865]. 27.2 x 20.5 cm. String-bound, Japanese style, fukuro-toji, with the printed paper title label intact. The covers are a bit worn and there are a few internal blemishes, but overall a good copy of this scarce book. The 60 b+w woodblock images, largely of birds, flowers and landscapes seem to capture the age in which the book appeared. The restlessness and chaos of the last years of the old regime are reflected here. Baioku, the adopted son of Yamamoto Baiitsu, was born in 1822. Like Baiitsu, he was known for his abilities as a Nanga painter. Mitchell catalogues this work on p.216 (the Ryerson copy). The KSSM lists but two copies of this book located in Japan. I find the variety and occasional brilliance of the images an inspiration. The printing quality is indifferent overall, but ehon of this sort from the 1860s are largely unknown, as it was a time of economic and social upheaval. The spirit that informs the book has a revolutionary edge to it - an associate immediately responded to it as resembling something done in the 1960s. In a custom clasped chitsu case. Interesting.

$1,750.00

 

 

 

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19. [EHON] Yashima GAKUTEI, artist. ICHIRO GAFU. Gasendô, 1823 [zodiacal date]. 22.8 X 16.1 cm. Blind-patterned grey-green covers, 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 includes the double page image at sheet 10/11 which is very frequently missing. Thus there is a total of 24 single page and 8 double page images in delicate colors. The impressions and colors are very good. There is a cigarette burn to the back cover which extends to a few margins in the rear, not effecting the images or text. Priced accordingly. One volume, complete. In a clasped chitsu case.

$1,750.00

 

 

 

 

 

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20. [EHON] YOSHIMURA Shuzan. Wakan Meihitsu GAHÔ. 6 vols. Edo and Ôsaka, Meiwa 8 [1771] 27.0 x 18.6 cm. A wonderful compilation of b+w images, brilliantly printed. very clean. Seems to have been restored to 6 volume format from a "gappon", with all but two covers and 1 title label supplied in the restoration. In a chitsu clasped case. An excellent example of the Sino-Japanese aesthetic during mid-Edo. The British Museum and Smithsonian have copies, not in Mitchell.

$1,750.00

 

 

 

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21. [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

 

  

 

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22. [STENCIL-PRINTING] OKAMURA Kichiemon. MINÔ KAMISUKI ISOMURA. Shôwa 33 [1958]. 34.6 x 28.5 cm, Privately printed, #12 of 30 special edition copies of 100 copies printed, total. Contains 6 full page stencil prints by Okamura. Quite a bit larger than his usual productions in scale. An unusual title by this important scholar/artist of Mingei, paper and fabric. Fine condition overall, as issued with the small bi-lingual explanation sheet.

$550.00

 

 

 

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23. [SÔSAKU HANGA] FURUTA Jûrô, artist. SOME E-CHÔ. [Tôkyô, Gohachi, 1961] 25.6 x 14.4 cm. Out of series copy of this lovely folding album of small stencil-printed designs, signed by Furuta. With a brief preface by the eminent Hatsuyama shigeru about Furuta's unique childlike style. Very good condition in the original paper slipcover.

$275.00