1910. Item #89994
[EHON] Nakamura Fusetsu, artist. FUSETSU HAIGA. Tokyo: Kôkadô, Meiji 43 . 2 volumes, 27.9 x 16.4 cm., Green paper covers with printed paper labels, string-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji. In a modern clasped chitsu case. This is the "saihan" printing of April 1910, the same month as the first printing. There is a seven page introduction by Natsume Sôseki, the famed novelist and friend of Fusetsu, on the theory of haiga art. Each volume consists of 20 color haiga prints, in addition the first volume has the Sôseki preface reproducing his handwriting and the second volume has a one page print in stone-rubbing style and a color frontispiece. There are typeset explanations of the plates at the end of each volume. See Hillier, Vol.2 pp. 999, 1001; Mitchell pp.258-9; Ryerson pp.404-5. This copy is very clean and unusual thus. By no means a common book and an important one, as the collaborators Sôseki, Kyôshi, Hekigotô, and Fusetsu, himself, were among the most influential poets, artists, authors and literary critics of their day. They were the backbone of the important haiku magazine HOTOTOGISU.