35. [EHON] Hiroshige, artist. EHON EDO MIYAGE, Yom-pen. Edo: Kikuya Kôsaburo, et al., n.d. (1850's). String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji, printed paper title label. Small format (18 x 12.3 cm) color illustrations of views of Edo, undertaken by Hiroshige. There are 5 single page and 22 double page color woodcuts. The impressions are good to very good and the book overall is in good condition with a bit of edgewear. [Ryerson p.298] Volume Four, of a total of ten published over the course of at least a decade, a classic work in Hiroshige's inimitable style. SOLD
36. [EHON] Katsushika HOKUSAI. FUGAKU HYAKKEI. 3 Vols., Each volume has 26 sheets. Vols. 1 & 2 are 22.4 X 15.7 cm., Vol.3 is 22.1 X 15.3 cm. Vol.1 & 2 have title pages on the inside front covers and publishers ads on the inside back covers, vol.1 is in green covers with a brushed replacement paper label, vol.2 is in bluish covers with a paper label. Vol.3 has orange covers with no printed paper label and no ads.
Following the excellent and extensive bibliographical guide to this work published by Matthi Forrer in his EIRAKUYA TÔSHIRÔ, Publisher at Nagoya, our Volumes One and Two are reimpressions of the first, "Falcon Feather" Edition, with ad pages "31" on the inside of the back covers. This makes them the first impression done by the Eirakuya, [the second impression overall for volume one; the third for volume two, as there had been two impressions of the "falcon feather" volume two], probably in the mid-1840's, and qualifies them as part of the "first edition" with black and grey blocks only. Our volume three appears to be an impression from the late Edo, early Meiji era, but without the extra pink blocks cut in the 1850's for the so-called "second edition". In effect, then, volume one is a second impression, volume two is a third impression and volume three is probably from the 1860's or early 1870's, before the Meiji 10 edition.
What all this means to the observer is that the impressions in volume one are near perfect, volume two very lovely and volume three acceptable, though not at the same level as the first two. Overall, a remarkable set which illustrates why this work has always been regarded as one of the high water marks of Japanese book illustration. There is no need to take its superiority on faith, as later editions seem to require, it is immediately obvious. There is spotting on the cover of volume one. It is very good internally with excellent impressions, despite a couple of plates that show some oxidation. The covers of volume two are very good and it is internally very clean with fine impressions. Volume three is a bit worn outside and clean internally, the impressions range from fair to fairly good. FUGAKU HYAKKEI is one of the monuments of world book illustration and this is a worthy example which captures the artist's intent. SOLD
37. [EHON] KOSE Shôseki. artist. SHICHI-JÛ-NIKÔ MEIKA GAJO. Kyoto, Yamamoto Bunkadô, n.d. [c.1920]. 4 orihon folding albums in brocade covered boards, printed in color woodcut, with a text volume, 5 vols. in all. 25 x 17.5 cm. Shôseki [1843-1919], was an important traditional artist and influential teacher of many others, including Shimomura Kanzan and his own grandson, Tomikichiro Tokuriki. Known for his flower paintings, he created a series of designs in the late 1880's, which were printed as a set of 72 (in 4 volumes) in the early 1890's. The set almost immediately became scarce and desirable. After Kose died, Tokuriki arranged for a deluxe production of some 50 sets (in 5 volumes, including a text volume) to be printed using the original blocks and seals. This is one of those sets, the condition is excellent, the printing exquisitely detailed and the colors superb. One of the finest Japanese botanicals we have ever seen. We are selling it along with a full size color reproduction and explanatory text by Tokuriki, bound western-style as an oblong folio in 1980, published by Kyoto Shoin. Very unusual. SOLD
UNUSUAL BAIREI BOTANICAL
38. [EHON] KÔNO Bairei, (artist); KÔNO Seiko (editor). SÔKA HYAKUSHU; 4 vols. 1st series and 2nd series, complete (all published) Kyoto: Yamada Naosaburô, bookseller: Yamada Unsôdô, Meiji 34, (1901). 16.5 X 24 cm, string bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji, printed paper title label. Printed in color woodblock throughout. See Mitchell, p.381. SOLD
39. [EHON] KUWAYAMA Hyôshiro, artist. Kodai NIKKÔ GOHAN-SHIKI NO ZU. Nikkô, Tochigi-ken, Kihira Kinshiro, Meiji 22 . Long woodblock printed scroll 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. A folded panorama of the long 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, occassional weakness in the hinges, but overall very good. Quite unusual. $985.00
STRIKING COLOR WOOBLOCKS OF BIRDS
40. [EHON] [Nakayama SÛGAKUDÔ]. Shasei SHIJÛ-HACHI TAKA GAJÔ. Tokyo, et al., Hakubunsha, 1888. 36 x 23.2 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 at the same time 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. Complete, as issued. Very scarce and lovely work. SOLD
41. [EHON] Watanabe SEITEI, editor. BIJUTSU SEKAI, Daisan-kan. Tokyo: Shunyôdô, Meiji 26 . 24.8 x 16.3 cm, Cord-bound, printed covers. 11 double page and 4 single page color woodcut illustrations by various important artists of the day, including Kôno Bairei, Kubota Beisen, Seitei himself and others. The third volume of the series ART WORLD, each book of designs standing on its own as a collection. This copy is in very good condition, with very good impressions and colors. SOLD
42. [Ehon] Yamada Kôtarô, editor. MIYO NO HANA. Kyoto: Gosharô Shoten, 1892. 24.4 x 15.6 cm, tassel bound Japanese-style in pictorial paper covers, tied. With 6 single page and 12 double page color woodblock illustrations, largely after masters of Maruyama-Shijô and Bunjin schools. Very well printed. Good condition with a bit of worming. This is volume 3 of this ongoing series of pictorial epitomes of the woodcut art. $285.00
43. [EHON] YAMAWAKI Seijun, editor & KOBAYASHI Sukenori, artist. BUKI NIHYAKU-ZU. Kaei Gannen ., 31.8 x 21.2 cm, string-bound fukuro-toji Japanese-style. Designed by Yamaguchi Mizosuke and published by Kôbujuku under government auspices. An interesting visual guide to the whole range of military tools, from ceremonial clothing to mountain redoubts, with the Japanese characters and readings for the two hundred exquisitely printed color woodcuts of swords, bows, armor, reins, cannons, castle designs, stirrups, etc., etc. With slight worming within and missing the original title label, else a beautiful example of this by no means common book. See the British Museum catalog of Japanese Books and Manuscripts (1898), pp. 61, 167. and v.7 p. 28 of the KSSM. In a custom clasped chitsu. SOLD
44. [FAN ALBUM]. TAISHO ERA WOODCUT FAN ALBUM FROM KYOTO. Fan albums are an interesting genre. Created as marketing tools for deluxe fan makers, they are a compilation of a season's available designs, commissioned from some of the most eminent artists of the day. Once the season was over, the sample books were sold - a very limited production. They have largely disappeared from the market, almost before anyone noticed how interesting they really are.
This particular example is very nice, with 57 prints in all - by such important artists as Seihô, Taikan, Tessai, etc., plus a number of unsigned and quite striking abstract designs, as well. Probably created in the 1920s. Lovely printings and colors, generally good condition, one or two of the prints are damaged, a few others are a bit foxed and browned. Brocade covers nibbled at a corner. $1,950.00
45. [FLAGS - JAPAN] KONDÔ Morishige. MANUSCRIPT OF 240 FLAGS OF ALL NATIONS. Dated in the preliminaries Kansei 8 . String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. 27 x 19.8 cm. An Edo era manuscript of 240 colored renditions of international flags on 60 pp., with a table of contents that captions each in Japanese as to its locale. Kondô Morishige [1771-1829] was an important samurai explorer and an advocate of Shogunal policy who authored many works on world affairs as seen by isolated Japan under siege by the western world. Slight worming, else in quite good condition. SOLD
ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPH FRONTISPIECE
46. FORBES, Robert B. PERSONAL REMINISCENCES ... TO WHICH IS ADDED RAMBLING RECOLLECTIONS CONNECTED WITH CHINA. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1882. Second edition, revised. xii + 412 + 7 pp. +  pp. 8vo., green cloth stamped in gilt. Cloth worn, rubbed, spine chipped at heel and crown. Spine has circular dime-sized stain. Ex-library with no external markings. Hinges cracked; coated brown endpapers rubbed. Ink gift inscription on first blank recto. Frontispiece and three albumen photo plates mounted to stiff stock in very good condition; frontispiece looks heavily retouched, and two plates are reproductions of paintings. Forbes (1804-1889), a Massachusetts born merchant who dealt in the China trade; one of his conspicuous acts was his aid to the sufferers of the Irish famine of 1846-7, when the United States Government sent him out in command of the frigate Jamestown. In 1858 he went on a Government expedition to the Pacific ocean. In the civil war he organized the coast guard. He was one of the founders of the Sailor's Snub Harbor and was the inventor of the "Forbes Rig." SOLD
47. FORRER, Matthi. A SHEAF OF JAPANESE PAPERS IN TRIBUTE TO HEINZ KAEMPFER ON HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY. The Hague: Society for Japanese Arts and Crafts, 1979. 116 pp. Folio, black/color pictorial wrappers. Very good, minor rubbing, a few nicks and creases here and there. Interior fine with b/w reproductions. Graphic arts of Japan. SOLD
PAPERBOUND NOUVELLE EDITION
48. GONSE, Louis. L'ART JAPONAIS. Paris: Librairie d'Education Nationale/Alcide Picard et Kaan [n.d. CA. 1906]. Nouvelle edition; Bibliotheque de l'Enseignement des Beaux-Arts. 336 pp. 8vo., grey wrappers printed in dark blue. A few small closed tears and pencil notes to wrappers, light soil, spine sunned to light brown. B/w illustrations in the text. Laid in is a folded flyer for La Peinture Francaise au XIXe Siecle by Marcel. Very good overall. SOLD