4966 - 5091 FINE ARTS - JAPANESE PRINTS, DRAWINGS and ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, ORIENTAL ARTS
- Sl. age-toned.
= Kano Tanyu was one of the leading Japanese painters of the Kanô school. The gibbons hanging from a tree is a common theme in Japanese painting, called Monkeys Reaching For the Moon. The gibbons hang down and cling from all angles to reach the water below, where the moon is reflected. Unfortunately, several splashes can be seen which has distorted the elusive reflection. This tale represents the grasping soul of humanity.
- Some wormholes, mainly in upper silk section; sl. age-toned.
= With paper certificate authenticating this painting by Kano Isenin Naganobu (1775-1828) as a work by Tanyu and Naonobu. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XLV.
- Lacks one wooden jikugi; silk worn along edges; paper sl. brittle.
= With signed paper certificate by Kohitsu Ryoi (1751-1834). Basho is considered among the greatest masters of the haiku form and is its most famous exponent in the west, where his work has been highly influential. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XLVI.
- All vols. thumbed in lower outer corner(s), occas. (finger)soiled and occas. restored in lower margin. Wrappers sl. dampstained (not affecting contents).
= Impressive series of woodcuts (without the text), made by Hokusai's son-in-law for Kyokutei Bakin's famous novel Nansō Satomi Hakkenden, which consists of 106 parts. Hillier p.718f and p.726.
- Sl. soiled.
AND a col. woodcut ôban by KUNISADA.
- Lacks the large fold out plate showing a street view; wormholes. Wr. partly soiled and sl. worn.
AND 1 other similar, probably by the same, w. 4 double-p. col. woodcut hanshi-bon.
= From the series Bokusui hakkei (Eight Views of Inky Water).
= Two leaves from the series Nishiki Hyakunin Azuma (100 poets and their poems).
= From the series: Bijutsu Azuma nishikie gacho (Album of brocade images from the East). Beautiful, vibrant colours.
= From the series Bijutsu Azuma nishikie gacho (Album of brocade images from the East).
= From the series: Bijutsu Azuma nishikie gacho. Beautiful, vibrant colours.
- Sl. waterstained. Hashira-title partly worn off.
= With one very interesting double-p. woodcut showing a shop with a sign that reads "The Newest Curiosities from Foreign Lands". Rare imported glass wine goblets and decanters are on display. The rarest item is the Dutch "Elekiteru", an electric device. Another woodcut shows the department store Daimaru, still in existence today. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XLVI.
- Wormholed; brown stain in upper blank margin (burned?). Wrappers badly worn.
- Num. annots. in pencil in margins of the Japanese text; contemp. bookseller's ticket mounted on address (and partly scratched away); series title soiled. Otherwise fine.
= Very rare. The first Japanese book to be translated into German and the first Japanese book to be typeset. Japanische Chrestomathie. Erster Theil.
= Two ehon from the Taisho period showing the elaborate tea ceremony, i.a. showing the utensils.