1980 · New York
First edition: The graceful works of masterful ukiyo-e artist Ando Hiroshige (1797–1858), depicting neatly colored fish representing the seasons, are presented here as gorgeous double-page reproductions. => With the Japanese accordian-style binding, the entire book can be opened to reveal a long line of fish swimming one after the other, from one season to the next. The fishes and the seasons they represent are identified in the back of the book, each one accompanied by a short poem by a contemporary poet. Bryan Holme, author and publisher of art and photography books, provides the introduction.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Publisher's red cloth with white label, Japanese accordian-style binding in original slipcase; slipcase edges faded, lightly scraped, spine creased. => A near impeccable copy. (Inventory #: 38063)