1939. SEIHÔ Takeuchi. Item #88440
[PRINT ALBUM] Takeuchi SEIHÔ. SEIHÔ IPPINSHÛ. Kyoto & Tokyo, Unsodo, Showa 12 - 14 [1937 - 9]. 53.2 cm x 42.7 cm. The first series, complete with all 31 prints which were issued in two formats: (1) ten paper fascicules and also (2) tassel-bound by the publisher in brocade covers in book form. Our copy in the latter book form retains the original printed title label ["SEIHÔ'S MASTERWORKS"], with new brocade covers. In his catalogue of the recent NYPL ehon exhibition, Roger Keyes devotes quite a bit of attention to this work, which he quotes Jack Hillier as naming "one of the most magnificent printing achievements of the twentieth century." Most sets were destroyed, as were the blocks, when the printer's studio in Tokyo burned during the war, making the IPPINSHÛ very nearly a lost masterpiece complete. Given the circumstances of its creation and destruction, it is assumed that there was but one printing. There are 18 woodcuts, double oban in size, as well as 13 other prints done in collotype, lithography and experimental combinations - all the most advanced techniques of the time are lovingly employed to capture Seihô's art. Though the interleaved tissue is occasionally browned and stained, the prints themselves are for the most part bright and clean, without the foxing usually found with this work. A very important collection and a rarity, complete.