1829. Item #88524
[EHON] Ônishi Chinnen, artist. EHON AZUMA NO TEBURI. Edo: Kobayashi Shimbei & Osakaya Gembei, Bunsei 12 . 27.8 x 18.6 cm, string bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji, Blue paper covers with blindprinted "creped" patterning. The title slip and title page are present. This copy collates identically with the copy in Mitchell, p.214 save that the four-page final note is missing. See Hillier, volume 2, pp. 768-70, in which he describes Chinnen's SONAN GAFU and this volume, the AZUMA NO TEBURI, as being "among the best known and most admired of all Japanese books". The 25 double page color prints of genre scenes in Edo done in Chinnen's inimitable Shijo style are very well printed. The colors are bright and perhaps a bit later than the earliest versions. This is a very handsome book and an important cornerstone item for any ehon collection - Chinnen only produced two major works of book illustration, this and the iconic SÔNAN GAFU. Complete.