1936. Item #89436
[INSECTS] TAKESHITA Kin'u, artist. KÔRINFÛ MUSHI KURABE 3 vols. Kyôto, Uchida Bijutsu, Shôwa 11 . Each volume, 48.9 x 33.8 cm. From the library of the Fujii Shôten. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. Each volume has a table of contents page and 12 large color woodblock prints of insects in nature, tipped onto the folded page. A lovely production in an explicitly neo-Rimpa style (Kôrinfû means "Kôrin-style"). The printer/publisher Uchida was responsible for several wonderful books in color woodblock in the 1930s. Many consider this work their masterpiece and the beautiful prints have been broken up and sold separately through the years so a complete set like this has become very scarce. Also, even the individual prints one might find are usually foxed and discolored but in this example the prints themselves are in good condition. Though there is occasional foxing to the marginal backing paper, it does not extend to the prints themselves. In the original clasped chitsu case which has been reinforced by the original collector with leather.