1891. Item #90204
[BIRDS & FLOWERS] Imao KEINEN. KEINEN KACHÔ GAFU. Haru no bu. Kyoto: Tanaka Jihei. Meiji 24 . 1 volume, approx. 35.5 x 25.1 cm. Stringbound, fukuro-toji, Japanese style. Vol.1 [Spring] only, it has 31 color woodblock prints of birds and flowers, of which 7 are huge double page prints. These original Tanaka Jihei issues (which preceded the Unsodo versions) have become quite scarce, and copies with the western number captioning (the true first printing) almost impossible to find. The covers are original, with the titles directly printed there and the gold flecking. The printing and condition are excellent, the colors subtle and lovely. As issued by Tanaka Jihei, very unusual thus.