Nishimura Nantei 西村楠亭. Nantei Gafu 楠亭画譜 3 vols. Kyowa 4 . 3 vols 26.3 x 18cm in embossed blue-gray wrappers bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji and housed in a modern chitsu 26.8 x 18.7cm. European seals on wrappers. Vol 1 has an introduction and table of contents in Japanese text as well as 17 original, double-page black and white woodblock prints. Vol 2 has a table of contents and 16 double-page woodcuts and Vol 3 has a table of contents, 17 double-page woodcuts and a colophon. All 3 vols have Japanese text within the woodcuts. These are the poems that most think are the sign of a first printing, as are the blue covers with embossed butterfly and flower patterns.
See Mitchell 432 for a description of this book. Illustrated by Nishimura Nantei 西村楠亭 (1775-1834) who was associated with the Maruyama-Shijo School. Overall a very early and very lovely copy of this classic Shijo work with European collectors' labels and the like from at least three collections. The nicest copy we have ever handled. In its latest incarnation, acquired by the owner from a European dealer in 1978.