Item #90909 Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城. artist Hashimoto Okiie 橋本興家, author Kishida Hideto 岸田日出刀.
Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.
Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.
Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.
Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.
Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.
Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.
Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.
Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.
Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.

Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城.

1941. Item #90909

Hashimoto Okiie 橋本興家, artist and Kishida Hideto 岸田日出刀, author. Nippon no Shiro (Nihon no Shiro) 日本の城. Tokyo: Katō Hanga Kenkyūsho. Shōwa 19 [1944]. 28. x 20.5cm string-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji in a yellow dust wrapper with outer diamond and inner pine tree designs. 12 vivid, original woodblock prints, all full-page and double-page, with 13pp. Introductory text in Japanese. Monochrome woodcut on front wrapper with list of 4 names, including the artist and the author, on inside front wrapper. Color woodcut of a castle on first leaf and monochrome woodcut of a traditional helmet on last leaf. Colophon on inside rear wrapper.

“Castles of Japan,” a study in words and woodcuts of twelve of the most famous feudal era castles in Japan, is a remarkable testament to the resiliency of the Japanese creative impulse, even in the midst of the Pacific War. The scholarly text is by Kishida Hideto 岸田日出刀 (1899-1966) and the twelve double-page color woodblock prints were designed by Hashimoto Okiie 橋本興家 (1899- 1993), here reveling in the subject he knew and loved best. Depicted are Chiyoda Castle in Tokyo, Osaka Castle, Hirosaki Castle, Okayama Castle, Matsuyama Castle, along with Himeji, Kōchi, Ogaki, Oyama, Nagoya, Komoro and Hikone Castles, many of which would be in ashes within a year.

Some toning to text pages and dust staining to wrappers. Top edge of wrapper is starting. This is a very well-printed production on good paper and the prints are very fresh. [See Hillier 1044-5].

Price: $950.00