1801. Item #90760
AKISATO Rito 秋里籬嶋, author. KAWACHI MEISHO ZUE 河内名所図会. Kyôto & Osaka 1801, Morimoto Tasuke, et al.6 volumes, in two series of three each. The first three are 25.6 x 18.0 cm; the second three a bit larger: 26.2 x 18.6 cm..... Enclosed in two separate clasped chitsu cases.....Lionel bought this made-up set 35 years go. At some point, it might be well to have a full 6 volume chitsu made for this complete set. The covers of the first series are worn, with nibbles, the second series covers are in very good condition. Overall, a good copy internally which compares very well (on physical inspection) to the copy in the British Library. Kawachi is an area now absorbed into the city of Osaka. These "meishoki" guides were all the rage in middle and late Edo... The author, AKISATO Rito 秋里籬嶋 [c.1776-1830] wrote the text and was assisted by the artist Niwa Tokei 丹羽桃渓 [1760-1822] among other artists to create a series of landscape, urban, and genre scenes that captured the wonderful environment of Kawachi.... known as an area with unique festivals, etc. Other artists also contributed illustrations to this work. See Brown, Mitchell, Kerlen, Edgren, etc. for more on this lovely and important set. There appear to be 172 double-page and two single-page sumi-e woodblock prints - good printing overall..... In light of the fact it is a married set of the two series, it is priced accordingly.