1955. Item #90333
[SÔSAKU HANGA]. SEKINO Jun'ichirô, artist. TENMOKU SANSÔ: Eiri Shôsetsu. Tokyo: Sekino Jun'ichirô, 1955 Shôwa 30. First edition. A novel written, illustrated, designed, and published by important Creative Print Movement artist Sekino Junichiro (1914-1988). Sekino, a friend of Munakata Shiko, originally studied etching under Kon Junzo before becoming a student of Onchi Koshirô, from whom he learnt about woodblock printing and the sôsaku hanga movement. The story that appears in this book was first published in a magazine in 1947, and this is its first appearance in privately-published form.
The charming little book (the seventh in Sekino's privately-published series of illustrated books) contains six full-page black and white illustrations, four double-page color woodblock-printed illustrations, and delightful marginal illustrations throughout, all by Sekino. Original cloth binding with title (possibly stencil-printed) to upper board and spine. Upper edge gilt, decorative endpapers. One light pencil note to page 5. Title page and last page of text very lightly browned, as usual, slight offsetting to half-title due to author's stamp, but overall a copy in extraordinarily nice condition. Comes with original card slipcase with original printed title and spine slips. Without original shipping box.
1 v., complete. 60 p. 15.2 x 10.6 cm. Text in Japanese. Number 64 of a limited edition of 160 copies, signed and sealed by Sekino. A beautiful little privately-published book featuring original color woodblock-prints and in a small limitation. Near fine. Western binding.