Manuscript on paper, manuscript labels on upper covers entitled "Atami Onsen zuko" ["The Hot Springs of Atami, explained with illustrations"]. Written by Tsuki Shirai
by ATAMI HOT SPRINGS
17 painted scenes, using brush and colors, on 63 pages. 34; 25; 22 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo (270 x 187 mm.), orig. wrappers, modern stitching. [Japan]: late Edo. This handsomely illustrated manuscript, written by Tsuki Shirai, describes and illustrates the famous hot springs of Atami ("hot ocean"), which have been known and appreciated since the 8th century. Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), believed the springs of Atami were so beneficial to his health that he had quantities of the water transported to Edo. These volumes are really a travel guide to Atami and the surrounding area. The first volume begins with an index to all three volumes. Following this and a history of the individual springs, we find a splendid five-page map of all the springs of the area, including Odawara, Hakone, and Atami. The following text describes the downtown area of Atami, its shops, inns, etc. There are fine paintings of the springs themselves and the main section of Atami. The author provides a list and description of twenty inns and honjin (inns reserved for high government officials) in Atami. The text of the second volume deals with the medicinal qualities of the town's waters. The waters were good for syphilis, toothaches, hemorrhoids, arthritis, stomach and head aches, etc. The author makes recommendations regarding diet, when and when not to bathe, etc. In this volume, there is a fine two-page illustration of the bathing area of an onsen. This volume also describes and depicts the temples and shrines of the area. The final scene of five pages depicts a beach picnic, with a chef grilling porgy and musicians entertaining the guests. Fishermen are using nets to encircle and trap tuna offshore (a method known as jibikiami). The final volume contains a fine three-page illustration of the Tokoji temple on Mount Higane and a six-page painting of the local landscapes. Distances to major cities are provided. There is another two-page illustration of women bathing in a hot spring. In fine condition.
(Inventory #: 6623)
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