Sho kuni-shi-rui seiyo komamono.
1892. HIKIFUDA. Sho kuni-shi-rui seiyo komamono. Colour wood engraving. 260 x380 mm. [Osaka?: 1892-4 (Meiji 25 - 27)]. A splendid example of a hikifuda, handbill or poster, advertising western haberdashery, set in the middle of a railway map of eastern Japan and a timetable for 1894. This is an all purpose hikifuda, printed with a blank space for any business to print or write in their own details. This was printed in July 1892 according to colophon so the timetable would have been added later. In this particular case the buyer added their business details and then, blacked out the business name, redoing it in gold by hand. Interestingly enough it is a wood engraving and not a traditional Japanese woodcut. In an excellent state of preservation. (Inventory #: 165400)