1861. Item #89908
[Ehon 絵本 - Shijō School Anthology] Tama Hiroi. 玉ひろい, 2 vols.
Nukina Kaioku 貫名海屋 (1778-1863); Kawabata Gyokusho 川端玉章 (1842-1913) Shiokawa Bunrin 塩川文麟 (1808-1877）
Kyoto: Omiya Matashichi.
[Ehon] Shijō School Anthology. Tama Hiroi 玉ひろい. Kyoto: Omiya Matashichi. 2 vols., string-bound Japanese style, fukurō toji, 25.7 x 16.8 cm.
Identical to Mitchell's "Example A," the Omiya issue in two volumes, complete, save that the "5th preface" is not included. All the prints, poems, finals, etc. are the same as the Mitchell copy. This variant issue is an excellent printing in good colors. Tama Hiroi 玉ひろい is an important anthology, providing exclamatory punctuation to the development of Edo Shijō book illustration. The quality of the technique would not be approached again until the heyday of Meiji color printing thirty years later when the aesthetic had been irrevocably transformed. Therefore, in our opinion, Tama Hiroi 玉ひろい is a cornerstone piece in any Edo ehon collection. [See Mitchell pp. 512-3; Brown p. 127; Ravicz p. 45; Hillier Vol.2]
Our copy has the original covers and title labels. It is a clean and well-printed copy of this important work. It also includes a publisher's wraparound case with a printed paper title label that reads, Miyako Meisho Kunkyoku Shū 都名處捃玉集, one of its alternative titles. In a custom clasped chitsu case. Complete.