1790. Item #89121
Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川歌麿. EHON SURUGAMAI 絵本駿河舞. Kansei 2  but published in Kansei 9 . Ōsaka. Izumiya Genshichi. 3 volumes 22.3 x 15.7cm bound in fukuro toji and sized hanshihon 半紙本. With the 1790 preface and 1797ad page found in the Diet Library copy. Equivalent printing to most other examples we have found record of. Exists in the Diet Library, the British Museum, Harvard, the Freer and the MFA in Boston. [The Dance of Daily Life in Suruga} is an important kyōkabon 狂歌本 in the midlife style of Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川歌麿 (1753 – 1806), capturing elegiac views of the bustling metropolis of Edo and its tranquil environs including the Suruga No Kuni 駿河国 of the title.
Suruga No Kuni, or simply Suruga, was an old district in the middle of modern-day Shizuoka-ken; a prosperous area in the Edo Period due to its location along the Tōkaidō. The work has been pointed to and a facsimile published, because of its accurate representation of a time and place.
The publication is unusual in that Utamaro usually lived and was published in Edo, yet these volumes were published from Ōsaka. This is from the period of Utamaro's middle years when he was in a bit of trouble with the Bakufu during the strict censorship years of Kansei.
A good printing in black and white with a delicate line. With somewhat worn original patterned covers and printed paper title slips, very clean, in a modern clasped chitsu case.