1907. Item #88038
[EHON] Asai Chu, artist. TOSEI FUZOKU GOJU-BAN UTA-AWASE. [Modern Customs in a Comparison of 50 Pairs of Poems]. Tokyo: Yoshikawa Hanshichi, Meiji 40  2 vols., 24.7 x 18.4 cm. 50 pairs of caricatures, with accompanying poems, all in color woodcut. This is a copy of the first edition, which preceded the Unsodo of Kyoto reprint from the original blocks. It includes the original fukuro dustwrapper and the original printed publisher's box, all in a later protective chitsu clasped case. Asai Chu (1856-1907) was one of the two (with Kuroda Seiki) most important oil painters of late Meiji era Japan. This work is in his "Haiga" literati mode and represents his most important foray into book illustration. Ref: Mitchell, p.534. a perfect copy of this important book, as issued. Complete.