1952. Item #90470
Onchi Kōshirō 恩地孝四郎. Zōshohyō Shishu 蔵書票 四種 Shōwa 27 . Gohachi 五八. Tokyo Number 4 of a limited edition of 7 copies. A single sheet folded three times to a rectangular 10.5 x 11.5cm opens fully to 10.5 x 46cm. Title printed in Japanese text on front with publisher’s hanko on rear. 4 original color woodblock bookplates are tipped in with place name and book owner’s name in handwritten Japanese text under, or in one case next to, each work. The largest of the color bookplates is 8 x 6cm; others are 5 x 5cm, 4.5 x 7.5cm and 4 x 5.75cm.
Onchi Kōshirō 恩地孝四郎 (1891–1955) and his work need no introduction - he is considered the most important Japanese printmaker of the mid-Century and one of the most innovative and creative of all time. As a leader of the Sosaku Hanga Creative Print movement, he guided the development of many of the dominant figures of post-war art until his premature death in the 1950's.
Slight foxing on backing paper, otherwise good condition. Obviously a rare item, as indicated by its limitation.