1824. Item #87524
[EHON] Kawamura Kihô, artist. KIHÔ GAFU. Kyoto: Yoshida Shimbei, Bunsei 7, . 1 volume, complete. 5 pp. prelims., 30 double-page color woodblock prints, 1 p. final, [pseudo]-colophon. The covers are green with a blind-stamped vegetal pattern, with a title label printed in brown on buff paper. 17.8 x 25.1 cm. The covers are fairly clean, the contents very good. This copy is a bit anomalous: It differs from Mitchell's examples "A" and "B" but is more like "B" than "A". It colors are a bit later, the keyblocks are printed darkly. There is a printed title-page on the inner front cover, on yellow paper. There is no final colophon, but rather a final undated page [pseudo-colophon] listing four bookshops. The last and lead shop is Fukui Genjiro. Sealed throughout like Michell's "A" example. (Mitchell pp. 360,1; Brown p. 105; Ryerson p. 388; Kerlen #839). Kihô was the adopted son of Bumpo and his work rivals Bumpo's in freshness and simplicity. Bibliographically, a very interesting example of this lovely book.