SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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CHIKANOBU, Yoshi.
Edo Nenchu Gyoji.

Published
Unknown: [Japan, ca. 1890.]
Plates
36
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
Unknown: [Japan, ca. 1890.]
Ref
1563

This is a picture book of annual events in Edo, consisting of 12 pictures of woodblock print. In contemporary grey-green paper covers, with hand written identification title slip loose to front cover. Folds out to a long panorama style series of engravings. Bright, vivid colouring used. Beautiful detail, a lovely item. An album of 12 ôban tryptich of three panels each, attached at the seams, backed with paper. Attractive patterned, coloured cloth boards. In good condition, some minor worming to some woodblocks. Chikanobu was possibly one of the very finest printmakers of Meiji Japan, he was born into Hashimoto Samurai family in the Echigo province. He began studies with the great ukiyo-e masters; Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Toyokuni III (Kunisada), and later with Toyohara Kunichika, he became one of the most prominent among the latter's students. Throughout his career Chikanobu also used names such as 'Chikanobu Hashimoto'. Some of the activities seen are: kite flying, theatre, shell gathering on a beach, processions and boating on a lake or river.