1895. Item #36266
[EHON] Morikawa SÔBUN 森川曽文, artist. MIYAKO MEISHO NIJÛGO-KEI 都名所二十五景 Kyoto: Tanaka Jihei, Meiji 28 . Orihon in stiff covers with a printed title label, 24.1 x 15.7 cm. 25 double page color woodblock images of scenes in and around Kyoto. Besides the 25 images, there is a two page preface, two pages of a table of contents, and a two page afterword by Tomioka Tessai. The delicate pastoral scenes are in Sôbun's unmistakable late Shijô/early Nihonga Kyoto style, and the printing is up to Tanaka Jihei's usual high standard.
This book appears in none of the standard references. Sôbun was an important artist of the period who contributed to several anthologies of the time, but no separate work by him appears in Ryerson or Mitchell.
The covers are quite worn and faded. There is very slight browning and soiling internally, but the condition is good to very good overall, and the impressions are very good. An unusual item. Complete.