1815. Item #88555
[EHON] Niwa KAGEN, artist. FUKUZENSAI GAFU 5 volumes. Tall, slender orihon folding volumes in original brownish yellow covers, with original printed title labels. 26.6 x 14.6 cm. There are a total of 40 delicately printed color double-page woodblock prints. See Mitchell at pp. 255-6. The FUKUZENSAI GAFU is an interesting book, as, according to the book's preface, it was ostensibly created by Kagen in the early 1780s and here the original blocks, with color blocks added, were used in Bunka 11  to print a full edition. I can see no reference save that of the preface of the book itself which indicates that the original edition was ever printed in any form. The copy at hand is printed on hard, very thin tôshi paper. The paper is fragile and subject to splitting of folds. It is placed in a protective chitsu clasped case. Complete.