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西洋道中膝栗毛/四編. [Seiyō dōchū - EARLY JAPANESE SCENE OF SINGA - 1870. [1279017]
Mankyūkaku 萬笈閣金箔. [1870]. 2 volumes comprising the complete text of Chapter 4. Volume I includes 3 colour woodblock illustrations of which one, the scene of Singapore is double page, together with a number in black and white. Volume II: Black and white woodblock illustrations. Both volumes comprise 20 folded leaves. Woodblock printed text. Original stab binding, paper covered wrappers embossed with flags, paper labels upper covers, light wear covers, the Japanese numbers for 7 and 8 written in ink on upper covers, very good. Volumes measure 18.5 x 12cm. Kanagaki Robun's fifteen chapter comic saga, 'By Shank's Mare Through the West [or By Shank's Mare to the Western Seas]' was published between 1870 and 1876. The text is complete 15 chapters which were published in 30 volumes. By Shank's Mare Through the West was published over a period of six years between 1870 and 1876. The inspiration for this work came from the earlier 'Tōkai dōchū hizakurige' or 'Travels on Foot on the Tōkaidō' published in serial form between 1802 and 1822 which was translated into English as 'Shank's Mare' by Jippensha Ikku. This earlier work described two travelling companions and their adventures on the Tokaido Road. Kanagaki Robun took the model of the two travelling companions and set them off around the world. This fourth chapter which includes their visit to Singapore features an early Japanese colour woodblock view of Singapore by Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904), signing himself on this image as Ikkunsai Yoshiiku 一薫斎 芳幾.Kanagaki Robun, the pen name Nozaki Bunzō (1829 - 1894), was a highly regarded author and journalist in Japan in the late Edo and early Meiji periods. He was very interested in Japan's opening to the west and the process of modernization in general which the country was undergoing. Using satirical writing to examine the changing society in which he lived, his work proved very popular. He was well connected in artistic circles and worked with many of the leading artists of the day including Kawanabe Kyosai, Yoshiiku, Yoshitoshi, Yoshitora, Yoshitoyo, Hiroshige III, Yoshu Chikanobu, and Toyohara Kunichika, often working in collaboration with more than one artist at a time. Scarce. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 156808)....
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