ONCHI Kôshirô, et al. HAKUBUTSU-FU. Tokyo: Shôwa 25 [1950]. Small oblong western-style book, printed paper-covered boards with a leather spine, 11.2 x 14.5 cm. An out-of-series copy of the edition of 200 [of 250] copies, signed and sealed by the editor, Onchi. This "NATURAL HISTORY SKETCHBOOK" represents the first creative effort of the ICHIMOKUKAI, the print group around Onchi. Though designed during the early years of the Pacific War, it wasn't actually printed until 1949-50 in a small limited edition. There are five color woodcut sôsaku hanga prints by each of the five artists involved; Onchi created the animal prints; Yamaguchi Gen did shells; Sekino Jun'ichirô, insects; Katô Tarô, trees; and Sugihara Masami, flowers: 25 prints in all. Plus, there is a printed "shita-e" style design on the contents page, and the title page and covers are printed as well. This is an extremely important and handsome work from Onchi's school. In near perfect condition in the original glassine in the original box with a printed paper label.

$1,850.00