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A late Edo example of a Heart Sutra for illiterate people

An unidentified pictorial sutra

[Title illegible]

[Zenpachi (original illustrations by)].

[Ōsaka?: Hiyoshi Nobuhisa?, ca. mid to late Edo period (19th century?)].

 

Eshingyō, also known as mekurashinkyō, mekurakyō, and hannya eshingyō, are woodblock-printed copies of the Heart Sutra (Hannya Shingyō) produced for illiterate people. The illustrations provide vocal cues to the ...

US$2,500.00
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By an unidentified illustrator

An unidentified woodblock-printed book of moji-e

[An unidentified woodblock-printed book of moji-e]

[Illustrator unidentified].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. mid Edo period (1680-1780s)?].

 

An unidentified woodblock-printed book of seventeen moji-e ("character-pictures") featuring animals. The hiragana characters hidden in each illustration also appear next to each figure, providing the name of the ...

US$2,800.00
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Colour woodblock-printed illustrations by acclaimed painters

An untitled album of woodblock-printed illustrations

[An untitled album of woodblock-printed illustrations]

Taki, Katei, [Fukushima], Chikaharu, [Fukushima], Ryūho, [Shibata], Zeshin, [Satake], Eiko, [Tōdō], Ryōun, Rinsei, Zuika [illustrated by].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. early Meiji period (1860-70s?)].

 

An untitled album of ten colour woodblockprinted illustrations of plants, flowers, animals, p ...

US$530.00
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The Heart Sutra in logograms, for illiterate people

An untitled Edo period eshingyō

[An untitled Edo period eshingyō]

[Zenpachi (original illustrations by)].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. mid Edo period (18th century?)].

 

Eshingyō, also known as mekurashinkyō, mekurakyō, and hannya eshingyō, are woodblock-printed copies of the Heart Sutra (Hannya Shingyō) produced for illiterate people. The illustrations provide vocal cues to the  ...

US$3,000.00
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A pictorial calendar for 1910, by nihonga and Neo-Rinpa artists

An untitled egoyomi tanzaku album

[An untitled egoyomi tanzaku album]

Shimomura, Kanzan, Takeuchi, Seihō, Taniguchi, Kōkyō ... [et al.] [illustrated by].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. Meiji 42 (1909)].

 

A daishō egoyomi (pictorial calendar) for 1910, featuring twelve poetry-slip (tanzaku) sized leaves, one for each month of the year, illustrated by the artists Shimomura Kanzan (1 ...

US$930.00
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Playful patterns by Kyōden, edited by Kubota Beisen

Araihari ukiyo moyō (Floating world patterns stretched out to dry)

Araihari ukiyo moyō ["Floating world patterns stretched out to dry"] 

Santō, Kyōden [original work by]; Kubota, Beisen [edited by]. 

Kyōto: Hakuseisha, Meiji 22 [1889].

 

A collection of 128 textile patterns from Santō Kyōden's Komon shinpō (1786), rearranged and coloured by the artist Kubota Beisen (1852-1906). While the upper wrapper notes t ...

US$430.00
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On commercial calligraphy: the emergence of Edo-moji

Banshoku tejōchin (Hand-lanterns for all sorts of professions)

[Banshoku tejōchin ("Hand-lanterns for all sorts of professions")]

Sankanjin, Kōrai [text by]; [Ikkōsai, Ikumaru (illustrated by)].

[Tōkyō: Yoshidaya Bunzaburō, ca. late Edo to early Meiji period (1850-70s?)].

 

A guidebook to a special calligraphic style which emerged in the late Edo period for use in advertisements, especially those handpainted on lantern ...

US$780.00
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An Illustrated Scroll of Bugaku Imperial Court Dances, Delicately Coloured

Bugaku Zukan

[Ca. late Edo period (early to mid-1800s)]. Manuscript. 

 

“Alongside the closely-allied music practice of gagaku, the establishment of the bugaku tradition during the Nara (710-794) and Heian (794-1185) periods reflected a growing interest in cultural and religious practices outside Japan and became part of the Japanese imperial court's broad ...

US$3,945.00
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A satire on Westernisation, illustrated by Kyōsai

Bunmei Kaika Tōke Hyakunin Isshu (The Advance of Civilisation: Child's Play, One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets)

Bunmei Kaika Tōke Hyakunin Isshu ["The Advance of Civilisation: Child's Play, One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets"]

Fusō, Kan [selections by]; Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

Shinsaibashi, [Ōsaka]: Itamiya Zenbē ... [and 12 others], [Meiji 6 (1873)]. 

 

A comical anthology of one hundred poems and illustrations on the social and ...

US$850.00
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Designs by Seki Bunsen

Bunsen gafu (Bunsen's painting manual)

Bunsen gafu ["Bunsen's painting manual"]

Seki, Bunsen [illustrated by].

[Ōsaka]: Kawachiya Kihē, Ansei 2 [1855]. 

 

The nihen (second selection) of Seki Bunsen's painting manual, featuring illustrations of landscapes, people, mythological figures, birds and flowers. This copy has been woodblock-printed in more subdued tones than other Meiji ...

US$580.00
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Samples for creative tie-dye patterns, woodblock-printed

Chiyo-shibori (Decorative tie-dyeing (patterns))

Chiyo-shibori ["Decorative tie-dyeing (patterns)"]

Seshimo Gofukuten [produced by].

Uji, [Kyōto Prefecture]: Seshimo Gofukuten, Seisen 5 [1941].

 

An unrecorded sample book of ten tie-dye designs for autumn and winter, produced in Seisen 5 ("the fifth year of the holy war") by the clothing store Seshimo (or Raika) Gofukuten. The editor notes in the preface t ...

US$485.00
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A Colourful Album of People of the World

Compilation of People from Overseas

"海外人物輯"

Nagata, Nankei [text by]; Ikkōsai [Utagawa, Yoshimori] [illustrations by].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, preface dated Kaei 7 (1854)].

 

An album of people and traditional clothing from 42 countries around the world, with brief descriptions of the customs and geography of each country. The set was published as a revised edition of Nishikawa Jo ...

US$3,195.00
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Twenty Counting Poems about Benten Kozō

Counting Songs of Benten Kozō

"弁天小僧かぞへうた"

[Kimata, Asakichi? (text by); Kawatake, Mokuami (original play written by)].

Okazaki, [Aichi]: Kimata Asakichi, Meiji 29 [1896].

 

A collection of twenty kazoeuta (counting songs or poems), each with three lines, based on the tale of the young thief Benten Kozō Kikunosuke from the kabuki play Aotozōshi Hana no Nishikie ("The Glorious Pictur ...

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Kochōshiki (Expressions of butterflies)

Designs inspired by butterfly wings, by Shimomura Gyokukō

Kochōshiki ["Expressions of butterflies"]

Shimomura, Gyokukō [Tamahiro] [illustrated by].

Kyōto: Honda Ichijirō; Gōmei Gaisha Unsōdō, Meiji 45 [1912].

 

An album of designs inspired by butterfly wings, featuring two beautiful woodblock-printed illustrations and 68 monochrome collotype illustrations. The designs were created by Shimomura Gyokukō (also known a ...

US$1,650.00
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Moral teachings and 'heart' motifs

Dōka kokoro no sugatami (Moral poems: mirror of the soul)

Dōka kokoro no sugatami ["Moral poems: mirror of the soul"]

Kasetsu Dōnin [Sangoen], Tsukimaro [text by]; Hori, Genpo [illustrated by].

[Kyōto]: Ryūshiken, Kōbuntei, Kōshōkan, [preface dated Kaei 2 (1849)].

 

A collection of dōka (didactic poems presenting lessons on life through a Buddhist lens) presented by Sangoen Tsukimaro (Hori Genpo), released ab ...

US$350.00
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Didactic poems featuring hidden characters

Dōka kokoro no utsushi-e (Moral poems: reflections of the soul)

Dōka kokoro no utsushi-e ["Moral poems: reflections of the soul"]

[Sangoen, Tsukimaro (text by); Hori, Genpo (illustrated by)].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, preface dated Bunsei 10 (1827)]. 

 

A collection of dōka (didactic poems presenting lessons on life through a Buddhist lens) and illustrations mainly based on the Japanese and Chinese character f ...

US$250.00
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A children's picture book set in an underwater world

Ehon tatsu no miyako (Picture book of the dragon`s capital)

[Ehon tatsu no miyako ("Picture book of the dragon's capital")]

[Saitō, Senzan (illustrated by)].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. Meiwa period to An'ei period (1760-70s)?].

 

An early children's book on the Japanese version of the "Heart of the Monkey" legend, set in the underwater world of Princess Oto of the Dragon Palace. It seems that thi ...

US$2,245.00
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Title unidentified

Famous Songs Remixed, Featuring Ahodarakyō

[Title unidentified]

[Author/s unidentified].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. late Edo period (1840-60s?)].

 

A collection of short stories, probably humorous, presented as vocal recitations. The index lists eight of the ten songs or recitations included in the volume as kae-uta, lyrics to be sung to the melody of a well-known song instead of the song ...

US$305.00
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Shinpan Irozato Ken'uta Ukarebushi (Red-light District Fist-songs, Newly Published)

Fist-Songs on the Red-light District

Shinpan Irozato Ken'uta Ukarebushi ["Red-light District Fist-songs, Newly Published"]

[Author/s unidentified].

Ryōgoku, [Tōkyō]: Azumaya Denzō, [ca. late Edo period (1830-50s)?].

 

Judging from the title and wrapper illustration, the content of this utahon is either humorous or humorous and risqué. According to Matthew Shores in A Critical Study o ...

US$305.00
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Stencils for crest-cutting - a popular pastime

Fūryū mongata kiriyō (Elegant crest-shaped cuttings)

Fūryū mongata kiriyō ["Elegant crest-shaped cuttings"]

[Creator unidentified].

[Tōkyō: Zenba Dankyō, Meiji 27 (1894)?].

Four booklets on cutting kamon (crests) from folded paper, bound in one. Monkiri ("crest-cuttings") could be made by cutting out a desired template from issues such as these, laying it on top of a piece of paper which had already been fol ...

US$280.00
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An illustrated edition of Kyōden's Four Books parody

Gesaku shisho Kyōden yoshi [Professor Santō's frivolous four books]

Gesaku shisho Kyōden yoshi ["Professor Santō's frivolous four books"]

Santō, Kyōden [text by]].

Kyōbashi, [Tōkyō]: Suzuki Kinjirō, Meiji 18 [1885].

 

A Meiji edition of Santō Kyōden's comedic adaptation of the classical Chinese Four Books, illustrated with five full-page and two double-page images. The text is a parody by Santō Kyōden of Ke ...

US$1,665.00
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Examples of humorous copywriting

Gibun kihan: haikan hikkei (Examples of humorous writing: an essential manual of folk rumours)

Gibun kihan: haikan hikkei ["Examples of humorous writing: an essential manual of folk rumours"] 

Okamoto, Takejirō [edited by]; Suita, Dōshi [inspected by]; [Tsukioka], Yoshitoshi [illustrated by].

Tōkyō: Katō Shōshichi, Meiji 16 [1883].

 

A collection of around eighty examples of humorous advertisements for restaurants, shops, and various products ...

US$1,200.00
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A manuscript album of designs for inrō and other objects

Hand-painted inrō designs

[A manuscript album of designs for inrō and other objects]

[Artist unidentified].

[Japan, ca. late Edo period (1830-50s?)]. Manuscript.

 

A collection of over ninety delicately hand-painted designs for inrō (small containers for tobacco and medicine hung on the belt), menuki (metal fittings for sword hilts), tsuba (hand guards for swords), and other metal, i ...

US$1,550.00
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Shinpan Hauta Yosebon (A Storyteller's Book of Hauta Songs, Newly Published)

Hauta Songs Illustrated by Kunimaro

Shinpan Hauta Yosebon ["A Storyteller's Book of Hauta Songs, Newly Published"]

[Sanyūtei, Enba (text by)?]; Ichiensai [Utagawa], Kunimaro [illustrated by].

[Tōkyō: publisher unidentified, ca. late Edo period (1840s?)].

 

A collection of short poems on love, illustrated by Kunimaro. The hauta poems or songs are presented as quotations from courtesans and ...

US$485.00
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An Elusive Unsōdō production

Heiwa no hana: shinsaku (Flowers of peace: a new work)

Heiwa no hana: shinsaku ["Flowers of peace: a new work"]

Ōyagi, Shungyō [edited by].

Kyōto: Unsōdō, Taishō 9 [1920].

 

A scarce Unsōdō publication filled with innovative patterns for textiles in collotype. The book was prefaced and edited by the little-known artist Shungyō, who produced at least five other works in the late Meiji to Taishō period with Unsōd ...

US$485.00
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A selection of Hanazono-ren kyōka, illustrated by Hokkei and his pupil

Hōgaku kyōka kōkyōshū (The sun collection of donated kyōka)

Hōgaku kyōka kōkyōshū ["The sun collection of donated kyōka"]

Garyōen, Umemaro [selections by]; Go [Totoya], Hokkei, Aoigaoka, Keisei [illustrated by]. 

[Edo (Tōkyō)?]: Shunyūtei, Bunsei 13 [1830]. 

 

A compilation of kyōka by various poets selected (or judged) by Garyōen Umemaro (1793-1859?), illustrated with a frontispiece by Totoya Hokkei ...

US$1,890.00
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A hand-painted album of landscapes and people

Hōkyū gafu (Hōkyū's sketchbook)

Hōkyū gafu ["Hōkyū's sketchbook"]

Hōkyū, Gakei [illustrated by]; Kakumei, [Takeuchi?] [preface by]. 

[Japan, preface dated Mizunotoushi (Kaei 6 (1853) or Taishō 2 (1913))]. Manuscript.

 

A hand-painted album of nanga-style illustrations by Hōkyū (or Kataoka) Gakei, about whom no information was traced online. The album contains 16 double-page and 3 ...

US$650.00
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Shinpan Ji-amari Shin-monku (New Ji-amari Phrases, Newly Published)

Humorous Phrases

Shinpan Ji-amari Shin-monku ["New Ji-amari Phrases, Newly Published"] 

[Creator/s unidentified]. 

Iigura Shinmachi, [Tōkyō]: Fukudaya Kichigorō, [ca. Bunka 7 (1810)?].

 

Two issues of humorous phrases and jokes, bound in one. Ji-amari refers to poetic compositions in which the typical number of syllables is exceeded. The word monku has an unfortuna ...

US$450.00
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A manuscript of creative seal designs

Inpu (Book of seals)

Inpu ["Book of seals"]

[Artist illegible].

[Japan, Meiji 23-24 (1890-91)]. Manuscript.

 

A manuscript of over one hundred tippedin designs for company and product label seals. The first 48 illustrations are for basic designs, probably to be shown to customers as a catalogue. The designs that follow feature the names of stores and products (such as souvenirs ...

US$450.00
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A magazine of woodblock-printed textile designs

Ishō sekai (World of designs)

Ishō Sekai ["World of designs"]

[Sawa], Kyūkō ... [et al.] [illustrated by]; Watanabe, Takijirō [woodblocks cut by].

Tōkyō: Seibikai, Meiji 34 [1901].

 

Issue 5 of the magazine Ishō Sekai, published by the Seibikai ("The Exquisite Beauty Association"). The eighteen textile designs included were provided by members of the Seibikai, and the woodblocks we ...

US$600.00
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Miyako fūzoku kewaiden (Cosmetic customs of the capital)

Japan's most famous beauty bible

Miyako fūzoku kewaiden ["Cosmetic customs of the capital"]

Sayama, Hanshichimaru [text by]; Hayami, Shungyōsai [illustrated by].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, preface dated Bunka 10 (1813)].

 

A complete set of Japan's most famous beauty manual, featuring tips on makeup, grooming, haircare, hairstyles, skincare, fashion, hygiene, gait, posture, and ot ...

US$1,345.00
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A magazine of elegant woodblock-printed scenes

Kanamegusa (Vital grasses)

Kanamegusa ["Vital grasses"]

Harada, Fumito [created by].

Tōkyō: Kumagai Daijirō, Meiji 19 [1896].

 

The only known issue of Kanamegusa, a little-known magazine featuring beautiful colour woodblock-printed illustrations in a Nihonga style of birds, fish, flowers, plants, people, and landscapes. The preface suggests that the illustrations, which are spread ov ...

US$480.00
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Examples of Rai San'yō's handwriting

Kingyoku shinseki: San'yō, Shōzan, Tōko (Precious true autographs of San'yō, Shōzan, and Tōko)

Kingyoku shinseki: San'yō, Shōzan, Tōko ["Precious true autographs of San'yō, Shōzan, and Tōko"]

Shikano, Shirō [edited by]; Yamamoto, Yoshitoshi [biographies by].

Tōkyō: Ryōzan Shokakuzō; Shikano Shirō, Meiji 13 [1880].

 

An album of woodblock-printed examples of the handwriting and name seals of the artist and poet Rai San'yō (1780-1 ...

US$175.00
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Creative designs for brocade-embroidered pouches

Kintaichō (A gathering of brocade bags)

Kintaichō ["A gathering of brocade bags"]

Shimomura, Gyokukō [Tamahiro] [illustrated by].

Kyōto: Honda Ichijirō; Gōmei Gaisha Unsōdō, Taishō 10 [1921].

 

An album of designs for pouches made from brocade fabrics. Such pouches, shifuku, were used in the tea ceremony for tea containers, tea bowls, and other utensils. The colourful pouches were designed by Shim ...

US$750.00
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Santō Kyōden's humorous patterns for textiles

Kokkei manga (Humorous sketches)

Kokkei manga ["Humorous sketches"]

Akatsuki, Kanenari [preface by]; [Santō, Kyōden (illustrated by)]. 

Ōsaka: Shioya Kisuke, Bunsei 6 [1823].

 

A re-carved, re-titled, and re-arranged edition of Santō Kyōden's Komon gawa (1790) featuring a new frontispiece and fifteen additional illustrations. Akatsuki no Kanenari I (1793-1860), the artist/author who w ...

US$2,800.00
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Humorous designs by Kamisaka Sekka

Kokkei zuan (Humorous designs)

Kokkei zuan ["Humorous designs"]

Kamisaka, Sekka [illustrated by]. 

Kyōto: Yamada Naosaburō, Yamada Unsōdō, Meiji 36 [1903].

 

An album of amusing patterns and illustrations by the famous designer and Neo-Rinpa artist Kamisaka Sekka (1866–1942). Kokkei zuan was published two years after Sekka was sent by the Japanese government to Glasgow as part ...

US$3,200.00
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A forgotten Kyoto-based magazine illustrated by zuan designers

Kyō saishiki (Colours of the capital)

Kyō saishiki ["Colours of the capital"]

Yamada, Kōun [frontispiece illustrated by], Yamaguchi, Sōsai [wrappers and one illustration designed by], Satō, Shiun, Tabata, Seikō, Tabata, Shiaki [Kihachi III], Kitano, Kashō, Konishi, Akiyama, Inada, Kakō, Rinshun, Takahashi, Tōsen [illustrated by].

Kyōto: Saiyūkai, Kyō Saishiki Hakkōjo, Meiji 41 [1908].

 

T ...

US$1,785.00
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Spectacular designs by Hasegawa Keika and Furuya Kōrin

Kyōka Zuan (Designs from the Capital)

Kyōka Zuan ["Designs from the Capital"]

Hasegawa, Keika, Furuya, Kōrin [illustrated by].

Kyōto: Yamada Naosaburō, Yamada Unsōdō, Meiji 31-38 [1898-1905]. 

 

A complete collection of stunning textile designs by Hasegawa Keika (act. 1892-1905) and Furuya Kōrin (1875–1910). The creative illustrations, many of which reimagine traditional Japanese moti ...

US$3,160.00
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Delicate Illustrations by Kyōsai

Kyōsai Rakuga (Kyōsai's Drawings for Pleasure)

Kyōsai Rakuga ["Kyōsai's Drawings for Pleasure"]

Kawanabe, Dōiku [Kyōsai] [illustrated by]. 

Tōkyō: Takeda Den'emon, Meiji 14 [1881].

 

A delicately woodblock-printed album of 34 double-page illustrations of plants, flowers, and animals by Kyōsai. Kyōsai's distinctively comical style is largely absent from this work; instead, he showcases ...

US$2,050.00
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Illustrated by Sadahide

Makuragoto yume no kayoiji (Bedside koto: the passage of dreams)

Makuragoto yume no kayoiji ["Bedside koto: the passage of dreams"]

Ryūtei, Senka [text by]; Ryūtei, Tanehiko [proofread by]; Utagawa, Sadahide [illustrated by].

Edo [Tokyo]: Tsuruya Kiemon, Tenpo 6 [1835]. 

 

The first volume of a "moral story whose plot is taken from the traditions of China and Japan" (S. Yoshitake, "Notes on Japanese Literature", Bu ...

US$280.00
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Illustrated by Zeshin, with calligraphy by Katsu Kaishū

Meika shoga shunjū-jō (Spring and autumn album of calligraphy and illustrations by the masters)

[Meika shoga shunjū-jō ("Spring and autumn album of calligraphy and illustrations by the masters")]

[Shibata], Zeshin ... [et al.] [illustrated by]; Saigō, Takamori ... [et al.] [calligraphy by].

Tōkyō: Fukuendō, Meiji 13 [1880].

 

A volume of alternating double-page spreads of woodblock-printed calligraphy by eminent political figures and double-p ...

US$485.00
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A new take on an old tale, now featuring a giant octopus

Minoya kasaya hana no yukifuri (A straw raincoat shop and an umbrella store: a snowfall of flowers)

[Minoya kasaya hana no yukifuri ("A straw raincoat shop and an umbrella store: a snowfall of flowers")]

[Tōzaian], Nanboku [text by]; Utagawa, Toyokuni [illustrated by]. 

[Edo (Tōkyō)]: Kansendō [Izumiya Ichibē], Kinotoi [1815]. 

 

A gōkan penned by the block-cutter, ukiyo-e artist, kyōka poet, and gesaku author Tōzaian Nanboku (d. 1827) and illu ...

US$1,815.00
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Miyakogusa - a little-known Unkindō publication

Miyakogusa (Lotus japonicus)

[Miyakogusa ("Lotus japonicus")]

[Gotō, Ryūkō , Ueno, Seikō , Yamashita, Kōsen, Kobayashi, Gyokunen, Mizuta, Seikō, Shimomura, Gyokukō (Tamahiro) (illustrated by)].

[Kyōto: Honda Unkindō, Meiji 38 (1905)].

 

An extremely elusive copy of the first volume (presumed all published) of Unkindō's Miyakogusa 'series'. The album features twelve ful ...

US$2,685.00
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Circular motifs by the great masters

Monyō-sen: moyō zushiki (Selected designs: pattern-illustrations)

Monyō-sen: moyō zushiki ["Selected designs: pattern-illustrations"]

Mori, Kyokurei [edited by]. 

Kyōto: Okugami Shoshi, Shōwa 5 [1930]. 

 

A collection of eighty woodblock-printed designs featuring animals, plants, insects, waves, books, and less conventional objects. The album may also have been published under the title Moyō hyakusen. According t ...

US$800.00
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Humorous rankings, word-games, general knowledge, puns, and more

Naniwa miyage (Souvenirs from Naniwa)

Naniwa miyage ["Souvenirs from Naniwa"]

Nanritei, Kiraku ... [et al.] [text by]; Akatsuki, Kanenaru ... [et al.] [illustrated by].

Ōsaka: Kawachiya Heishichi, [ca. late Edo period (1850s?)].

 

A complete set of the first series of Souvenirs from Naniwa, a collection of satirical prints, many illustrated, that typically list or rank people, food, alcohol, cou ...

US$780.00
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Featuring Sir Walter Scott and Maruyama Ōkyo

Notable Figures from Japan and the West: First Series

"和洋奇人傳 初編"

Jōno, Takashige [text by], Ochiai [Utagawa], Yoshiiku [illustrations by].

Tōkyō : Sanshobō , Meiji 5 [1872].

 

An international take on the kijinden ("eccentric figures" or "extraordinary figures") genre, featuring portraits and brief biographies of a total of 37 Japanese and Western figures, including Alexis de Tocqueville, John Britto ...

US$3,925.00
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Tomon hyakka (One hundred flowers of patterns from the capital)

One hundred patterns from the capital

Tomon hyakka ["One hundred flowers of patterns from the capital"]

Adachi, Mahaya [Shinsoku] [illustrated by].

Kyōto: Bunsekidō Kitamura Shirobē, Meiji 24 [1891].

 

A two-volume set of motifs of animals, plants, flowers, and landscapes inspired by traditional Japanese patterns. The artist, Adachi Mahaya, was originally an engraver of menuki, decorative metal ...

US$700.00
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A Booklet of Lyrics for a Song on the Pleasure Quarters

Oshiegusa Yoshiwara Suzume (The Lesson of the Yoshiwara Sparrow)

Oshiegusa Yoshiwara Suzume ["The Lesson of the Yoshiwara Sparrow"]

[Sakurada, Jisuke I (original text by)].

Kobunachō, [Tōkyō]: Igaya Kan'emon, [ca. mid Edo period (1800-30s)?]

 

A nagauta shōhon (booklet of lyrics for a "long song" dance-drama) for a performance of Oshiegusa Yoshiwara Suzume, a composition which likened courtesans to caged sparrows and ...

US$265.00
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Nemuke-zamashi Hitori-tanoshimi Hitotsutose-bushi (Hitotsutose Songs to Enjoy Alone and to Shake Off Sleepiness)

Phrases to Ward Off Sleep

Nemuke-zamashi Hitori-tanoshimi Hitotsutose-bushi ["Hitotsutose Songs to Enjoy Alone and to Shake Off Sleepiness"]

[Satō, Tomochika (text by)?].

Sakata, [Yamagata?]: [Satō Tomochika?], [ca. late Edo period (1820-50s)?].

 

A hitotsutose counting song in twenty verses with strong Buddhist overtones. While the theme seems unusual, as counting songs were usual ...

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A parody ranking of ukiyo-e artists, Yoshiwara-style

Saisei (Record of the Prosperous Age)

[Saisei ("[Record of] the Prosperous Age")]

Fūrai, Sanjin [text by]; Ukiyo, Kenbutsuzaemon [postscript by]. 

[Japan]: Tamaya Josan, Keiō Kinotoushi [1865].

 

An adaptation of the famed Yoshiwara Saiken guide to the pleasure quarters. Where the names of pleasure houses and courtesans would typically be listed, this work features the names (and rankings ...

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