Genpei seisuiki zue [trans.: Illustrated Story of the Rise and Fall of the Houses of Minamoto & Taira].
by AKISATO, Rito.
Many fine double-page woodcuts. Six vols. 8vo, orig. thick embossed wrappers (a little worn), orig. block printed title label on each upper cover, new stitching. Kyoto: Preface dated 1799. First edition of this famous, finely illustrated, fictional tale of the Gempei War (1180-85), the final struggle in Japan between the Taira and Minamoto clans which resulted in the Minamoto's establishment of the Kamakura shogunate, a military dictatorship that dominated Japan from 1192 to 1333. Akisato (fl. 1780-1814), was the first to write detailed accounts of early Japan. He travelled with his artists throughout the country in order to accurately record the landmarks; his books were immediate best sellers. The illustrations are by Chuwa [Baikei] Nishimura and Sadaaki [Bunmei] Oku, two of the leading illustrators of the period. Very good set. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5117)
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