OFFERING: Volume II from the seminal eight volumes guide on natural wonders of the Inland Sea of Japan; an early issue with woodblock prints in sharp, bright impressions, complete with independent title page, "Tozan kisho" (Exceptional Mountain Landscapes) and suite of 26 b/w woodblock prints, each on two facing pages. The set is excessively rare: even single volumes rarely appear. Widely credited as a breakthrough in the depiction of Japanese landscape, views were woodblock printed from paintings and field studies done on-site. Until then, in Japan, woodblock prints of landscapes were made from designs that were imaginary, or painted from memory. RARITY: Rare. A worldwide institution search finds three partial holdings in the West (Rijksmuseum, Fitzwilliam Museum, and Stanford (3 vols.)) and eleven holdings in Japan, six complete, including the National Diet Library and Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art. EDITION NOTE: The set was made 1799-1802. Title translates as, "Exceptional Mountain and Water Landscapes". NOTABILITY: The work had a great influence on later Edo period travel literature and landscape painting, including on such artists as, Buncho, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Sadahide. Kyokko traveled for 23 years through the Inland Sea of Japan, fabled in Japanese culture for its many picturesque and spectacular views, sketching littoral scenes, including unique mountains, cliffs, and rocks treasured in Shinto practice. CONDITION: Acceptable. Pages: bright and almost entirely clean; four leaves with tiny creases to top tips. Worm Tracks: Title page with series of smaller margin tracks; substantial tracks in wide top margin of leaves for Prints 23-26: after, they rapidly become small and end with leaf for Print 14. Otherwise, scattered light worming, principally in margins. / Wrappers: all-around rubs, a few abrasions, scattered minor worming, edgewear. / Title Slip: volume number rubbed, small worm trail below characters. / Binding: solid and reliable with top stab hole detached on both sides. PAGINATION: Complete; 53 pages with 26 numbered leaves, woodblock prints with descriptive text, title page with gago-in seal stamped in cinnabar, shubun style. The unusually wide gutter format suits the many panoramic designs. SIZE: Prints (within wide borders): 272 x 154 mm / Pages: 154 x 100 mm. FORMAT: Publisher's light blue wrappers with the blind printed design of florals circumscribed by polygons and mounted light tan title slip printed in scarlet; sewn with 4 stab holes in the fukuro-toji style. REFERENCE: Kokusho so Mokuroku 30466. Nishida, Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, 2007. King, Beyond the Great Wave: The Japanese Landscape Print 1727-1960, p. 103. Jansen, Hiroshige's Journey in the 60-odd Provinces. Not in Ryerson, Brown or Hillier (Hillier describes the Sansui Kikan of Harunobu Gakutei). ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request. MY LISTINGS: 1) Click my name in bookseller field. 2) Click bookseller-payment information. 3) Click my name again. My exclusive listings can now be searched by catalog, keyword, etc. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Sansui Kikan ****** Widely credited as a ...
Editorial: Osaka, Yanagiwara kibei, Torigai ichizaemon and others, Volume II, Kansei 12
Año de publicación: 1800
Encuadernación: Soft cover
Condición del libro: Fair
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