1958. Item #90332
[Sôsaku Hanga]. Mokuyôshi, Morimoto. Surî Pâda Tôchô-ki. Ôsaka: Ôsaka Rîchi, 1958. First edition. A record of artist Morimoto Mokuyoshi's climb up Mount Sri Pada (Adam's Peak), Sri Lanka, in 1928, illustrated with color woodblock prints and bound in an interesting palm leaf-style binding. The upper board of the book, made of wood, features the title of the book and an image of a footprint (the famed sri pada ('sacred footprint') of Adam's Peak) embossed into a tipped-in metal title plate. The book itself includes eight color woodblock-printed illustrations of scenes from the artist's climb, each accompanied by a description of his progress up the mountain (the image appearing on the recto of the leaf and the text on the verso).
Morimoto Mokuyoshi (1898-1992) was a painter and sosaku hanga printer active in the Taisho and Showa periods. He studied seal engraving and nihonga early on in life, and in 1935 was employed in the art and kimono departments of the Takashimaya department store in Osaka. There he became acquainted with Yanagi Soetsu, Kawai Kanjiro, Munakata Shiko and others, and started to focus his energy on the 'mingei' (folk art) movement they had started. In 1953 Mokuyoshi began producing woodblock prints of his own. He was active as a mingei artist for the rest of his life, participating in a joint art exhibition with Munakata Shiko at the Japan Folk Art Museum, becoming a member of the Nihon Hanga-in (Banga-in), painting a ceiling mural for Minatogawa Shrine in Kobe, and so on.
Original palm leaf-style binding, boards made of wood. Metal title plate a little oxidised. Very light occasional foxing to text, otherwise near fine. Binding string and toggle in nice condition. Comes in original wooden box with tipped-in woodblock-printed title slip. Also comes with a small 1-leaf card printed with Mokuyoshi's address and another small leaf printed with the image of a pilgrim. 1 v., complete. 10 leaves. 7.7 x 21.2 cm. Text in Japanese. Number 3 of a limited edition of 24 copies. A book which highlights Mokuyoshi's highly original style, in a very small limitation. Near fine. Palm leaf-style.