Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO. KUSAZÔSHI, artist Torii Kiyotsune.
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO
Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO

Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO

1789. Item #89509

[KUSAZÔSHI] Torii Kiyotsune, artist. Higashi no Hime Nishi no Hime AMEWAKAMIKO. N.P., N.D. [An'ei 8 {1779} Nishimuraya]. 17.2 x 12.5 cm. This little 3 volume b+w woodblock printed kibyôshi story book was part of the revolution in vernacular literature taking place in the mid to late 18th century in Japan. As the potential audience for stories expanded and the desire for skillful illustrations kept pace, such skilled artists as Santô Kyôden, and Kiyotsune provided visual content and sometimes the textual content as well. Between them they published 100s of the little story books, which, unfortunately, have not been systematically preserved. One runs across the occasional odd volume, in wretched condition, but the KSSM is largely empty of kusazôshi holdings. Interestingly, both Kiyonaga and Kiyotsune were disciples of the last great traditional Torii master, Torii Kiyomitsu. Kiyonaga changed his style over time to reflect the greater popularity of the nishikie brocade prints of Harunobu and others, while the more conservative Kiyotsune hewed more closely to the Torii style - more vigorous if a bit more awkward. That said, Kiyotsune pursued his career in kibyôshi illustration for decades. [May I refer you to a wonderful Master's Thesis written by Jason Heuer at UMASS Amherst: REIMAGINING TORII KIYOTSUNE AS A KIBYÔSHI ARTIST - 2012 - it can be found online]. Our copy is better than most of the genre in that it is complete. As usual bound 3 volumes in one, with two of the three original title sheets tipped onto the original covers. The condition and printing is quite close to the copy in the Keio University Library. The major flaw consists of the two childish brushed sketches and faces on the internal blank sheets - not effecting the printed text or images. In fair to good impression. A largely ignored genre nowadays - such great booksellers of Japan as Sorimachi Shigeo once considered them interesting indeed and spent much time and energy cataloging the ones he could find. I would assume their scarcity and small size have caused them to be ignored.

Price: $1,600.00

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