1778. Item #90751
[EHON] Hanabusa Itchō 英 一蝶, (1652 – 1724) artist. GUNCHÔ GA-EI. 群蝶画英. Edo, Mankyûdô Hanabusa Heikichi, An-ei 7 . Gappon, bound three vols in one, in original covers and printed title label, string-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro toji. 17.6 X 25.9 cm. Well-printed b+w woodcut images interpreted by Suzuki Rinshō 鈴木鄰松 after designs by the estimable Itchō, all of whose books are posthumous. In a light and quick style. This is a pleasant early impression. The copy at Ryerson 329 was published by Yamashiroya Sahei. Our copy, though it shares the same date of publication, was published by Mankyûdô [Hanabusa Heikichi], a relatively obscure firm in Edo, active at the beginning of the 19th century. I would assume this to be an early reprint. Slight wear to the covers, but overall in good or better condition. A lovely and scarce work. In a clamshell case with leather label. From the Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow collection.