Ikkadō, Hansui [created by]; Hasegawa, Sadanobu [illustrated by].
[Ōsaka? : Kawachiya Sasuke?, ca. Bunkyū 2-4 (1862-64)].
Three uncut woodblock prints for the wrappers and first few pages of three Yoshiko no Bushi songbooks, or kayōshū. Hasegawa Sadanobu (1809-1879), the artist of these prints, is known to have produced wrappers for numerous songbooks featuring the Yoshiko no Bushi, a popular late Edo period folk song. Such songbooks were usually quite small, adorned with beautiful colour woodblock-printed wrappers, and printed horizontally for portability, as geisha would carry them in kimono pockets and bring them out to sing along to shamisen music. Sadanobu, a prolific Osaka-based artist of ukiyo-e prints, worked closely with Ikkadō Hansui, the creator of the Yoshiko no Hanabukuro series and a famous collector of popular folk songs. Hansui is also known to have written the commentary for Sadanobu's One Hundred Views of Naniwa woodblock print series. It is unclear how many books there were in Hansui's Yoshiko no Hanabukuro series, with library records generally listing four to six volumes. The three prints pictured here were for the ‘snow’ (part 1), ‘moon’ (part 2), and ‘pine tree’ (unnumbered) volumes of the series. Small lines to guide cutting before binding are visible between the illustrations.
A selection of three vividly coloured prints showing how pages were arranged and printed before binding.
Three leaves, loose, with a few slight creases. Minor marks, wear, and a light stain to extremities. Overall near fine. Each leaf measures approximately 16.9 x 37.8 cm. Text in Japanese.