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1 Japanese Woodblock Print Book, Kites and Other Designs
Very Good 
Circa 1880. 17.5 by 12 cm. 40 pp. Color woodblocks, but with pale-ish greens, pinks, blues -- it reads more partly colored than full colored. A real potpourri of imagery, with masks, archers, dragon fights, cats, horses, etc. In some respects this is the equivalent of a juvenile comic book. We find the kiting among the most fetching imagery, but one should not take this to mean the book is predominantly about kiting. One corner slightly chewed. Otherwise, original cover with title strip, and clean within. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Jinshiki Hokan
2 Jinshiki Hokan
Fair 
Fabulous color woodblocks of Foo Dogs, screens, boxes, tea sets, swords, bows and arrows and other weaponry, banners, furniture, mats, carriages and chaises, horses, etc., with black and white imagery mostly architectural. We believe this is a work relating primarily to the Shinto Religion, but as clear from the wide assortment of imagery, this takes in a very broad swath of Japanese material culture at the time. 19th Century. 24.5 by 16.5 cm. 130 pp., 96 of which have woodblock prints, 47 of which are in color (some of the images are double paged, which we have counted as two pages). Original cover and title slip. Untrimmed, full margins. However, heavy wear to cover, moderate to at times heavy soiling of leaves -- but not all leaves. This includes some dampstaining. The color is bright where it occurs, however, and still an appealing woodblock book of some rarity. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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3 [Flags of the World] Bankoku kikan
Wraps, case. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1840s (pre-Meiji). Oblong, 16 by 7 cm. 53 pp., illustrated with hand-colored foreign flags, three per page. 7 pages of Japanese text. Scarce. Wear to wraps. Later case is solid. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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"The Scenes of Shiga, Nara and Kyoto", E. Kotozuka [Eiichi Kotozuka] (1906-1979)
4 E. Kotozuka [Eiichi Kotozuka] (1906-1979) "The Scenes of Shiga, Nara and Kyoto"
Kyoto Uchida Woodblock Printing Co., Ltd. Paper on boards forming a portfolio Very Good 
N.d., mid twentieth century. Oblong folio album of six Japanese color woodblocks. The scenes include the Full Moon Viewed on the Seta Karahashi Bridge, the Katat Ukimido Temple in the Lake Biwa, the cherry blossoms in Nara, the large Buddha of Todaiji Temple in Nara, the maples of Takao in Kyoto, and the snow scene of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. The prints are striking, and in their bold colors and brush economy not at all common. Kotozuka studied at the Kyoto Specialist School of Painting and then built a career on depicting traditional Japanese scenes and ways of life in ways that blend tradition with a break from it. Each of the pictures here measure 10 by 7 3/8 inches within the card frame and the folio, or with frame, measures 14 by 10 inches, 35 by 26 cm. Scarce, with no copies turning up on OCLC. Some light soiling on the images, never disconcerting, and the portfolio shows wear and light soiling. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Collection of Nishikie on History, Geography, and Customs [Rekishi chiri fuzoku Nishikie bunko] (5 volumes), Ogawa, Enson, editor.  Works within by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshiga, Utagawa Toyokuni, Kaisai Yoshitoshi
5 Ogawa, Enson, editor. Works within by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshiga, Utagawa Toyokuni, Kaisai Yoshitoshi Collection of Nishikie on History, Geography, and Customs [Rekishi chiri fuzoku Nishikie bunko] (5 volumes)
Tokyo 1917-1920 Wraps, with a cloth folio Very Good 
The set of five volumes contain in total 174 wonderful color woodblocks. The set was surely intended at least in part for the tourist market, and thus its component volumes include some of the justly most famous books and illustrations produced in Japan. Among the volumes is the classic work by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Seichu Gishi Den, or Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Sumurai, with 50 plates, Utagawa Hiroshiga's "The Story of the Revenge of the Soga Brothers" or "Soga Monogatari", 30 plates, as well as from his "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo". or Meisho Yedo Hiakke, 28 plates, "Kokon Meifuden", or "Anthology of famous women of all ages" by Utagawa Toyokuni (1769 - 1825), 30 plates, and finally " Kinsei kyogiden" or "Biographies of Modern Men" illustrated by Kaisai Yoshitoshi (1832-1892). These volumes may be abridgments of the originals, but all of them offer plates that dazzle with their color, and the print quality is high indeed. With the cross-section of martial and domestic subjects, lovely panoramas and human studies, the Westerner could enjoy a balanced cross-section of the high points of Japanese color woodblock tradition, a tradition that strongly influenced Western artists of the late nineteenth century and beyond, including Van Gogh, Whistler, and many others. The covers all have some wear and light soiling. Generally the plates are bright and clean. The cloth folio which houses the five volumes has sunning and wear but remains structurally sound. A sixth volume was issued by Ogawa, but it should be noted that the five volumes here fit snugly into their folio and thus the set here is complete. 
Price: 1600.00 USD
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[Japanese Color Woodblock Print Book] Bijutsu Sekai, Settai, compiled and edited by
6 Settai, compiled and edited by [Japanese Color Woodblock Print Book] Bijutsu Sekai
1891 (Meiji 24) Very Good 
4to. 25 by 16 cm. 34 pages, 26 of which have fine woodblock prints, a few in brilliant color, most in a more muted color or partially colored. A highlight might be regarded as the print of a Kabuki actor by Kunichika, in part because of its vivid coloring. Otherwise, prints are various, including as subjects cats and dogs, chickens, other birds, monkey, genre human scenes, etc. Soiling on cover. Newer thread used to bind. Moderate soiling and wear within. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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[Japanese Color Woodblock Print Book] Bijutsu Sekai, Settai, compiled and edited by
7 Settai, compiled and edited by [Japanese Color Woodblock Print Book] Bijutsu Sekai
1891 (Meiji 24) Very Good 
4to. 23.5 by 15 cm. 34 pages, 28 of which have fine woodblock prints, a few in brilliant color, most in a more muted color or partially colored. Silvery specks spread across the pages. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Kyoto & Its Suburbs Finely Illustrated, Yoshii, T.
8 Yoshii, T. Kyoto & Its Suburbs Finely Illustrated
Osaka T. Nakashimi & Co. 1891 Paper Very Good 
Oblong, 3 by 4.75 inches. 56 pp. plus covers, fold-out city map and 17 color woodblock plates. Also, three lovely color vignettes on FFEP which were probably done later. Foxing on the front cover and scattered lightly on the first few leaves and occasionally beyond. The final leaf has minor chipping by the spine. Mostly clean, with the plates bright and lovely, and the delicate fold-out map entirely present. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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