ABC 宛字書票 I, II, III ABC Ateji Shohyō, 3 vols
1988. Item #90973
Kanzaki Sunao 神﨑温順, artist. ABC 宛字書票 I, II, III ABC Ateji Shohyō, 3 vols [mamehon 豆本]. KodoOriban [Nippon Kosho Tsūshinsha] 古通版 [日本古書通信社], publisher. [Showa 63,1988]. 3 small orihon volumes 8 x 6cm by stencil artist Kanzaki Sunao (also Onjun) 神﨑温順 (1932 - ). Stencil art ex libris on heavy paper with “ABC Ex Libris” within a green and white design on the front board. 3 small volumes with the title ABC 宛字書票 Ateji Shohyō. The limitation is 200 - this copy is number 128 百弐拾八. Though not a miniature book by Western standards, in Japanese terms it is a mamehon 豆本.
Volume I has A - I, Vol II has J - R and Vol III features S - Z. Original stencil print Ex Libris on the right side features the letter of the English alphabet with a noted person’s name in English, with Katakana below it and Japanese characters underneath. Facing page features a design in color reflecting the individual’s discovery, work or position. The Alphabet begins with Aisopos, Balzac, Chekhov, Dostoevskii and Edison in Book 1, continues with Jenner, Kant, Liszt and Mozart in Book 2 and ends with Whitman, Xenophanes, Young and Zola in Book 3. Kanzaki’s artistry with katazome / kappazuri-e (stencil) technique is well-known and beautifully represented in these volumes.
Each housed in a chitsu with clasp and decorated green and white stenciled front cover and green paper-covered rear boards. Possible erasure at the top of a decorative initial page in the first book. Lovely artwork with good printing in fine condition.