1811. Item #91093
[Watanabe Nangaku 渡辺南岳 & Kawamura Bumpō, 河村文鳳 artists. (Nangaku Bumpō) Kaidō Sōga (南丘文鳳) 街道双画. 全 Kawachiya Kihei and Yoshidaya Shimbei (of Osaka and Kyoto respectively.) Bunka 8  26.2 x 17.9 cm. There is a preface by Bunya Shigetaka. Buff covers blindstamped with a geometric pattern of squares and octagons. Printed paper title label. Our copy of this bibliographically complex work appears to resemble most closely the copy at Ryerson 385 (one of Mitchell's "B" examples). It would appear that the two volume edition (Mitchell's "A") with a poetry volume is of extraordinary rarity. (The KSSM only lists three examples and Mitchell lists his own and one other - a variant).
What is clear in the midst of all the detail is that the impressions of this copy are fresh and beautiful. The juxtaposition of Nangaku and Bumpo^ designs is instructive and interesting. There is a bit of soiling and staining to the covers, a very few internal spots and thumbing and a very mild internal waterstain - but overall still a pleasing copy of this uncommon and important book.