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Tokio 1886. Buff stitched stiff wrs.,29+2=31 engraved plates in all, bound in the original illustrated covers, 31 x 46 cm tall folio, clean plates, no worming, solid, nice copy. FIRST & ONLY EDITION R A R E Ferninand Georges Bigot [1860-1927] lived 17 years in Japan from 1882 to 1899, married a Japanese woman and had one son. * In 1882 he went to Japan as a journalist. He lived in Tokyo and taught Western drawing, perspective, and watercolors at the National Military School. * He was a book illustrator capturing the essence of the Japanese character, and later illustrated the excesses of the Japanese and their culture. Depicting the common Japanese in their different walks of life. Shows some of the striking contrasts from traditional Japanese society and dress and that of the early Meiji period when Western influences changed the Japanese and their culture. *** TITLES OF THE SKETCHES/PLATES: 1. L'Etudient: A student, signed in plate . 2. Ecoliers: group of children . 3. Officer, signed in plate. . 4. Soldad: soldier, signed in plate . 5. Matelot: sailor, signed in plate . 6. Fonctionnaire: civil servant, signed in plate . 7. No title: A reader . 8. Koto player with a woman looking on. . 9. Bonze: Buddhist priest, signed in plate . 10. Agent de police: policeman. . 11. Servante, servant girls, signed in plate . 12. Lacteur: postman, signed in plate . 13. No title. Japanese man sits before a small Hibachi [brazier] trying to keep his hands warm, with coins to his right on the table, likely a merchant of some kind, he is bundled up with a heavy winter scarf. . 14. No title. Two women play shuttlecock. . 15. No title. A woman does another woman's coiffeur. . 16. No title. A young woman carries a bucket of water. . 17. No title. Washer woman. . 18. No title. A woman eats. . 19. Marchand de Remedes: medicine seller. Shows two men hold an umbrella wearing Kimono and carrying a small satchel. . 20. No title: Shows a man in a broad flat bamboo hat standing near a castle, with electrical wires in the background, he smokes a small Kiseru pipe and wears a short Kimono. Signed in the plate: "G. Bigot." Some call this "Smoker." . 21. Betto, horse groom holds the bridal of a horse. . 22. Jinrikiski: rickshaw puller, signed in block . 23. Pecheur, A Fisherman, signed in block . 24. Ama, masseur, shows No title. Man in a long Kimono smoking he holds a long staff [stick] in his right hand and touches his smoke with his left hand. He faces left. . 25. Md. de Poisson: man carrying fish in a yoke with two baskets. A seller of fish. . 26. No title. Shows a scavenger. . 27. Md. de Gueta. Shows a Geta [shoe] seller man who holds two pair of Geta and calls out his sales cry. . 28 Chanteuses des rue: street singers. . 29. No title. A rural landscape *** THE ILLUSTRATED COVERS: To the above add two more etched plates: Front cover: Shows a Japanese woman looking away from the artist at a cast-iron teapot. Back cover shows a street scene, a mother carries her child on her back, a gas street light, and an electrical wire with many businesses and hoses along the street. The total copper etched sketches is 31 in all. **** This lavishly illustrated work includes one of the most attractive of all of Bigot's engravings, which depicts two young Japanese women in Kimono playing shuttlecock [#14]. *** THE PRINTING TECHNIQUE: This work was entirely hand-etched on copper plates, then printed on hand-made Washi paper and bound in traditional Japanese stitched style. **** OTHER TITLES BY BIGOT: LIMITED EDITIONS 150 COPIES: ASA 1883 O-HA-YO 1883 MATA 1884 [actual correct title is "TAMA" Bigot's error ! Please check with us as we may have some of these in stock. *** CONDITION: A very nice copy. The front cover has some minor small foxing spots, some other dark spots mostly along the spine and lower edge, with the usually 'dusty' covers for a book of this period. . The back cover has a few minor foxing spots, with some of the usual dustiness consistent with a book of this period. . The contents are remarkably clean with a bit of minor foxing to the first fly leaf and barely any at all in the following pages and is limited to the margins, the images are very clean. . *** PHOTOGRAPHS ARE POSTED TO OUR WEBSITE: Please see scans posted to our website, for this and most of our other items. *** SIZE OF THE IMAGES: The image on the front cover is a grand 21.5 x 29 cm. On the back cover it is 16 x 17.5 cm. The internal leaves have a wide variety of image sizes. If this is critical please inquire with us. *** REFERENCES: . Wenckstern: I, p.212. * Bigot Exhibition Catalog p.110/pl., 156. * Tamio, Ikeda: Gallery Tamakaya. Georges Bigot's Passion for Japan. Daruma, Japanese Art & Antiques Magazine, Issue #35, Vol.9, No.3, Summer 2002. * Shigeru, Oikawa: Georges Bigot's Secret Life as an Epinal Print Artist. Daruma, Japanese Art & Antiques Magazine, Issue #33, Vol.9, No.1, Winter 2002. * Georges Bigot: * YOKOHAMA MUSEUM OF ART.:SELECTED WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION, 1989 see p. 64-65, #28. *** .
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