1907. Item #88582
[EHON] Asai Chu^, artist. TO^SEI FU^ZOKU GOJU^-BAN UTA-AWASE. [Modern Customs in a Comparison of 50 Pairs of Poems]. Tokyo: Yoshikawa Hanshichi, Meiji 40  Kyoto: Yamada Unso^do^. 2 vols., 24.7 x 18.4 cm. 50 pairs of caricatures, with accompanying poems, all in color woodcut. The overall condition, impressions and colors are very good. This is a copy of the Unso^do^ 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 lovely copy of an important book. Complete.