1814. Item #86312
[EHON] Sato SUISEKI. SUISEKI GAFU. Bunka 11 . 25.6 X 18.8 cm. This copy of the first series of Suiseki's gafu of figures is a classic of the Shijo genre, universally praised. [See Mitchell pp 505,6; Hillier Vol.2, pp. 753-6; Holloway 51; Ryerson 379; Brown p.93] This copy is of a very good impression with excellent color. It differs from the Mitchell copy at page 505 as follows: It has yellow covers and the one page sumi images of pine and bamboo before and after the 40 color pages of "occupations" are replaced by a blank page instead of the pine print and Suiseki's printed signature and seal instead of the bamboo. There is no printed title label. This copy does have the "shotei" seal on the hashira throughout. Finally the colophon does list the same publishers as Mitchell's but Suiseki's name and seal appear the page before (instead of the bamboo design, as above) There is no mention of the nihen and sampen versions to come. The prefatory material and first five color images have very light waterstains. Overall, a very nice copy in a good printing and excellent colors of this cornerstone work of Shijo illustration. A very scarce and important work.