1777. Item #90128
[KYÔKA] BAIKÔ Hakuensai, KÔAMI Hokkyô (artist). E-IRI KYÔKA MITSUNOURA 1 volume, complete. Shioya Saburobei, Osaka, Anei 6 . 22.5 x 16.3 cm. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukurô toji. Baikô (1737-1805) was a kyôka poet based in Osaka. His father, Setsuensai Ikkô, was the owner of a bookshop in Osaka and studied kyôka poetry under Nagata Teiryû. Baikô wrote and compiled many books of kyôka, with a focus on poems in the "naniwa (Osaka) kyôka" style. He turned to publishing in 1800, becoming the proprietor of the firm "Shioya Saburobei" in Osaka. The print artist and poet Yoshikuni (active 1813-1832) is believed to have been his son. This volume contains 18 single-page illustrations of people and landscapes, accompanied by kyôka poems, by Yasumura Kôami (1700-1775?). Kôami, belonging to the 'hokkyô' rank of artist, often painted under the artist's name "Hokkyô Kôami". He was later awarded the rank of 'hogen', thus becoming "Hogen Kôami", the name under which he is currently better known. He was an active member of the Osaka artists' circle of the mid-Edo period and belonged to the Kano School of painting. He studied under the notable ukiyo-e artist and painter Ôoka Shunboku (1680-1763), possibly alongside Jakuchu, who is also believed to have studied under Shunboku. If this is the case, Kôami would have been Jakuchu's senior. An interesting piece of recent research by art scholar Okudaira Shunroku notes in direct reference to Kôami that "it is impossible that Jakuchû would have been indifferent to such artists" (2013). Original binding and printed paper title slip, somewhat worn and with moderate abrasion. Unobtrusive wormholing to text, but otherwise in remarkably nice condition for age. Comes in a custom-made clasped chitsu case. A highly-illustrated collection of naniwa kyôka skillfully done by a contemporary and possible classmate of Jakuchû.