1685. Item #88765
[EHON] Hishikawa MORONOBU, artist. Hishikawa SHOSHOKU EHON KAGAMI. Jokyo 2 . 2 vols. Ôhon, large b+w illustrated book of occupations, done by Moronobu at the height of his powers and one of his best known creations. The copy at hand is bound in two volumes within the original covers (some are found in three volumes, as well) It would appear that, at some point,in rebinding from three volumes to two, one illustration, mounted on the inner back cover of a volume was "lost in translation" so that this copy, despite its very good condition (there are a very few attempts at crude coloring), original covers and title labels and printing which ranges from fair to very good, indeed, is rendered thus incomplete and is priced accordingly. It is noteworthy that the copy placed online in full by the National Diet Library in Japan is similarly rebound, in that case three volumes in one and is missing the exact same print, of the hatmaker. (http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2541161).