1756. Item #90736
[EHON] Tsukioka TANGE [Settei/Masanobu] 月岡雪鼎. Eiri ISE MONOGATARI 絵入 伊勢物語. Ôsaka, Hôreki 6 . 2 vols., complete. String bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji. In the original very worn hand-painted covers with one title label complete and one 1/4 torn away. Settei (1710-86), originally trained in the Kanô style, was one of the uniquely creative artists of his day, whose flexibility and breadth make it hard to pigeonhole him, though his subject matter and general spirit mark him as an ukiyo-e artist. Indeed, he is considered, along with Sukenobu, the principal Ukiyo-e artist of the Kansai.
Here Settei takes on the theme of the Tales of Ise, told and retold throughout Japanese literate history. There are six single page and six double-page sumi-e woodcuts, as well as the two, illustrated title pages and TWO ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATED FUKURO DUSTWRAPPERS! Settei material is quite scarce, but original 18th century fukuro are scarcer still. Overall the internal condition is good with a bit of worming, the printings good or better, with some slight handling, wear to the impressions, especially in volume one. Very unusual.