Nihon Meisan Zue 日本名山図会 [Famous Mountains in Japan] 3 Vols
Tani Bunchō 谷文晁
Suwaraya Mohei 須原屋茂兵衛, publisher
Three 25.8 x 18.4cm ehon volumes are string-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji with light blue wrappers and printed title slips in black on white.
Vol 1 has 26 double page monochrome woodblock prints, Vol 2 has 30 and Vol 3 has 34, by artist Tani Bunchō (1763-1840). The work is well-known for its accurate representation of the mountains depicted. Each woodcut has the name of the mountain in Japanese text, some also have a river name or other geographical details in black or red.
Vol 1 has Mizunoe-inu 壬戌, the zodiacal year of the dog, indicating the year 1802 and the preface is dated the first year of Bunka, Bunka gannen 文化元年 . Volume 3 has a date of Bunka gannen 文化元年 . This edition is likely 1812, some eight years after the original edition. (See Mitchell p. 435 and Hillier p. 635-7. )
Wear and dust soiling to wrappers and chipping to spines and edges. Wear and small rips to title slips and rip to the top front wrapper of Vol 1. Writing in red on top right and a small label on bottom right of each front wrapper, with an additional label with the number “262” on Vol 1.