Edo meisho hanagoyomi [Flower Calendar of the Famous Places in Edo]
by OKA, Sancho
20 double-page & six full-page woodcut illus. 34; 21; 15; 17 folding leaves. Four vols. 8vo, orig. blue patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Edo: Suharaya Ihachi, 1837. Second edition, enlarged. The first edition, which appeared in 1827, had only three volumes. This work was illustrated by Settan Hasegawa (1778-1843), a prominent illustrator who specialized in meisho-ki, a genre of guidebooks to famous places. This work beautifully depicts the residents of Edo at leisure, relishing the changing seasons. Many of the places shown are still popular areas for relaxation. The four volumes are divided by season, recommending the best places to visit through the years to see the best displays of flowers and wildlife. Fine set. Many of the woodcuts in the first three volumes seem weakly printed. ❧ Brown, Block Printing & Book Illustration in Japan, p. 68-Hasegawa "was a well-known illustrator of meisho-ki." Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, pp. 830-31.
(Inventory #: 6627)
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