Bumpō Gafu 文鳳畫譜 [An Album of Drawings By Bumpō]
Kawamura Bumpō 河村文鳳, artist. Bumpō Gafu 文鳳畫譜 [An Album of Drawings By Bumpō]. Osaka & Kyoto. Zodiacal date Bunka 文化 4 . Yoshida Shimbei, publisher. Single volume 25.8 x 18cm bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji, with a printed paper title label in the original blue-gray wrappers with hexagon shape. 30 cho with 30 double-page original woodblock prints, most with light colors, as well as a preface, title page, and colophon with advertisement in Japanese text. Advertisement on colophon mentions the future publication of the second volume with a promise of 10 volumes total, but the set was finished at 3 volumes, which indicated an early printing.
Kawamura Bumpō 河村文鳳 (1779-1821) was known for his landscapes, drawing manuals and ability to work across many genres. His swift lines capture delicate blossoms, a stalk of bamboo and rural landscapes as easily as the fleeting expressions on the faces of his figures and animals.
Chipping, soiling and staining to wrappers with a corner cut off the bottom right of the title slip. Some pages are split. Lower edges are dirt soiled; dampstain in margins of last few pages. Small numbered seal on front wrapper and 9.0 x 14cm slip with title and details typewritten in English tipped in. A nice, early impression. From the Geoff Burton Collection.