1891. Item #90205
[BIRDS & FLOWERS] Imao KEINEN. KEINEN KACHÔ GAFU. Natsu no bu. Kyoto: Tanaka Jihei. Meiji 24 . 1 vol., approx. 35.5 x 25.1 cm. Stringbound, fukuro-toji, Japanese style. This is Vol.2 [Summer] and has 32 plates. These original Tanaka Jihei issues (which preceded the Unsodo versions) have become quite scarce, and sets 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. There is some wear and spotting inside and out and many pages are separating at the outer edge, as happens with these sorts of bindings when westerners try to "open" the folded pages. The printing is good, the colors subtle and lovely. As issued by Tanaka Jihei, very unusual thus.