Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]. Keisai Masayoshi 恵斎政美.
Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]
Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]
Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]
Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]
Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]
Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]
Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]
Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]
Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]

Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]

Item #90998

Keisai Masayoshi 恵斎政美. Chōjū Ryakugashiki 鳥獣略画式 [Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals]. Edo, Kyoto, Nagoya & Osaka. C. 1813. 23.8 x 18.2cm volume string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji in tan wrappers with an embossed karazuri 空摺 design, similar to a fishnet pattern. Front cover also has a horizontal botanical design in the top section. Front side of the first cho has a preface, signed Kinsai Kanjin, in Japanese script. Originally published in Edo by Suharaya Ichibei in 1797, this copy is likely c. 1813.

Bold and simple renditions of animals, birds, sea creatures, insects and mythological beasts by the master of the abbreviated drawing style, Keisai Masayoshi 恵斎政美 (1764-1824). Each creature is depicted with economy and humor. Perhaps the most unusual and creative of all Masayoshi's Ryakugashiki (abbreviated drawing books). Coincides with the MET copy online, with our final cho incompletely printed with only color blocks. No colophon on this copy or the MET online version.

Split and partially split cho. Wear and dirt staining to wrappers and pages. Front cover has Japanese characters written across the top. Initial cho has details of the volume written in script in French. See Mitchell p. 240. From the Geoff Burton collection.

Price: $450.00

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