Unai No Tomo (A Child's Companions), Volumes 1 through 7 of 10
1891. Item #90782
Shimizu Seifū 清水 晴風 & Nishizawa Tekihō 西沢笛畝
鵜内の友 Unai No Tomo (A Child's Companions), Volumes 1 through 7 of 10 published
Kyoto, Unsōdō, 1891-1924.
A complete series of color illustrations of traditional Japanese toys, published over the course of more than 30 years. Hundreds of color plates, mostly single page, with a few double page as well. The pigments are very bright, and include some metallic inks. The overall colors, condition and printing of the set are very good. An excellent resource for mingei as well as the history of toys, as the images are all captioned in Japanese.
It should be noted that the first six volumes were created before Shimizu Seifū's death in 1913. Nishizawa took over the publication as editor, so we have all of the Shimizu works and the first of those by Nishizawa, printed in 1917. Priced accordingly.
The most important work of its kind, seldom found outside Japan. A very nice copy.