1826. Item #88562
[EHON] Nishimura NANTEI. NANTEI GAFU KÔHEN. Kôto [Kyoto]: Bunchôdô, Zodiacal Bunsei date of 1826. 25.4 x 17.9 cm. Pink covers with a medallion decoration, string bound Japanese style, cover label. Our copy is complete and, for all intents and purposes, identical to the copy catalogued in Mitchell, p.432. [See also Ryerson 375 for alternative titling of this work.] The covers of our copy are a bit rubbed and worn, the title label is chipped and there is a bit of thumbing internally, with extensive repaired worming which is primarily marginal, but the impressions and colors are good and the overall effect of the work is lovely. Hillier, in his ART OF THE JAPANESE BOOK [pp. 705-7] calls this book "one of the high points of the Japanese colour-printed gafu". Ours is one of the "well-printed, unfaded" copies Hillier specifies for that distinction of excellence. At one time, not a particulary rare book, it has become unusual in the marketplace. Its quality makes it a popular work. .