1907. Item #88352
[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. Save some very slight worming, the overall condition, impressions and colors are very good. This is a copy of the first edition, which preceded the Unsodo of Kyoto reprint from the original blocks. 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 very good copy of an important book, the blind-patterned covers are a bit soiled.