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RITO, Akisato
1786 Japanese Kyoto Travel Guide Edo JAPAN Woodblock Print Miyako Illustrated
Kyōto: Takehara Sanada Yukimura, 1786. I am limited to 12 photos on eBay, but I have many more photos on my website...just ask. 1786 Japanese Kyoto Travel Guide Edo JAPAN Woodblock Print Miyako Illustrated An exceedingly rare, 18th century set of handwritten woodblock prints of scenic tourist areas in Edo during the mid to late Edo period bound in the "fukurotoji (variously translated as "bound-pocket," or "pouch" binding)" style (Keio). This travel guide was authored by Akisato Ritō with multiple illustrators and is titled 'Miyako Meisho Zue' (Pictorial guide to scenic spots in Kyoto). The work is a collection of shrines, temples, and historical sites in and around Kyoto with simple sentences and illustrations such as birds-eye views and custom drawings of scenery. It was published in response to the popularization of travel. Consumers of meisho zue did not use them as travel guidebooks, but rather as stimulants to engage in a premodern mode of virtual travel, by which they enjoyed vicarious experiences of place without the attendant corporeal and economic drawbacks of physical travel. Such book-based experiences of geography were essential to the considerable commercial success of Miyako meisho zue because they satisfied a desire for leisurely accumulation of geographical fluency among a truly diverse readership, which ranged from samurai to commoners, townspeople to villagers, old to young, and men to women.3 Shunchōsai's depiction of the Fourth Avenue Riverbed was meant to transport the reader to this place, not actually but virtually (Goree). "Kyoto Famous Places" was … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books (schilb_antiquarian_books) [Columbia, Missouri, United States]
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