1779. Item #89910
[EHON] Kato^ Bunrei (1706-1782). REI GASEN 3 volumes. An-ei 8 . 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 Bunko^ and Hirayama Bunkyo^. Bunrei was a samurai of great skill and individuality as an artist. He was the mentor of Tani Buncho^ 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 Sho^suke 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.