1903. Item #90802
[EHON] Tani BUNCHÔ, artist. 谷文晁 NIHON MEISAN ZUE 3 vols. 日本名山図会 [Famous Mountains in Japan] Tôkyô, Tôyôdô, Meiji 36 . 25.7 x 18.7 cm. String-bound, fukuro-toji, original printed paper title labels, b+w woodblock depictions of the ""Famous Mountains of Japan."" A work justly praised for its accurate representation of the mountains in question. And, of course, Tani Bunchô was one of the great artists and illustrators of mid to late Edo Japan. According to Mitchell at p.435, an early version of this book, the first volume only, was issued perhaps with the title MEISAN ZUFU, it seems around 1804. Then the second issue appeared in 1807 and the third in 1812. under the current title. We have handled the 1807 and 1812 issues, which this edition from the Meiji period. printed by Tôyôdô (printed from the same blocks?) follows. In the slightly worn original covers, with the printed paper title labels and the original fukuro wraparound paper cover fukuro. Very good overall, and with the fukuro, a very unusual example of the care taken with Meiji period woodblock printed versions of classic ehon. Historically valuable and aesthetically a wonderful example of the landscape genre in sumi printing.