I should mention that we once handled the original manuscripts for this work. This is a remarkably faithful facsimile in woodcut of the Rai group's literary and artistic record of Sanyô, his mother and her brother, all noted poets, scholars, and artists in the Nanga tradition, when they took a trip of 100 days (jû-jun) - the time granted Sanyo's uncle as leave from his Daimyo to make the trip.
As remarkable as the prints are, the other aspect of the albums, the calligraphed poems, etc., are equally impressive. In my opinion, the printer's ability to capture the diverse style of each writer and the uniformly excellent quality of each contributor's work make this 100 DAYS INSCRIBING MOON AND FLOWERS one of the finest illustrated works of the Meiji period.
It would not do to ignore the historical importance of the work, either. The Nanga revival of the 1880s which iterated an earlier flowering approximately a zodiacal circle earlier is at the heart of the work, and the lavish nature of the production illustrates the intellectual, artistic, and financial resources available to the bunjin literati of mid-Meiji Japan. Each poem and woodcut is sealed, and the study of both seals and signatures throughout the book provided in its day and to us also many insights into the relations of the many intellectuals in Rai Sanyō's 1820's movement. See Mitchell 528 and articles on such of the contributors as Sanyō himself, Kagawa Kageki, Rai Kyōhei, and Kan Sazan in the Kōdansha ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAPAN.
In very good condition and excellent color and impression. Three volumes, complete:. (Inventory #: 90734)