1802. Item #89140
[EHON] Shikitei Samba, author & Utagawa Toyokuni,. EHON IMAYO SUGATA 2 vols. Tôto, Izumiya Ichibei, Kyôwa 2 . 21.6 x 15.5 cm. One of the finest and most famous collaborative efforts from the turn of the 19th century. The wonderful comic author Samba here provides the text for Toyokuni I's well-illustrated guide to the female costumes and customs of the day: one volume covers the everyday life of women from the various social classes, the second volume includes the women of the demi-monde. This is a well-worn copy of the second version of this book, with the women's names in the cartouches on the page next to them erased from the block, which was done soon after the first printing appeared. See the British Museum copy for a copy of this later issue: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/coll ection_object_details.aspx?objectId=779367&partId=1 With the original title labels and replaced covers. With collector's labels from a European collection. An "example" only of a very important and beautiful book.