1891. Item #87806
[EHON] Imao KEINEN. KEINEN KACHÔ GAFU. Kyoto: Tanaka Jihei. Meiji 24-25 [1891-2]. 4 vols., each approx. 35.5 x 25.1 cm. Stringbound, fukuro-toji, Japanese style. Vol.1 [Spring] has 31 color woodblock prints of birds and flowers, of which 7 are huge double page prints. Vol.2 [Summer] has 32 plates, of which 8 are double page. Vol.3 [Autumn] has 38 prints, of which 4 are double page. Vol.4 [Winter] has 34 plates, of which 4 are double page, and one is a four page spread. The prints are very clean, the colors delicate and the printing quality is quite good. These original Tanaka Jihei issues (which preceded the Unsôdô versions) have become quite scarce, complete sets even more so. The covers are original, with the titles directly printed there. All in the publisher's clasped paper chitsu. 4 vols., It appears the binding of the "Spring" volume has been resewn. Complete as issued by Tanaka Jihei, very unusual thus.