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1883. Very Good. [EHON] Kono BAIREI, artist. BAIREI KACHO GAFU 2 vols. Tokyo: Okura Magobei, Meiji 16 [1883]. Large format books of oban-size color woodcut images, each sealed "Bairei." 37 x 25 cm (24 1/2 by 9 3/4 inches). Each of the volumes is comprised of 25 images, for a total of 50, that show birds throughout the changing seasons (vol. 1: Spring & Summer, vol. 2: Fall & Winter). The designs are fresh and lively - perhaps the finest of the large-format bird compilations of mid to late Meiji era Japan, and certainly the scarcest. This is a copy of the true first edition, done sixteen years before the more well known reprint of 1899. The "feel" of the prints is much different than the later version, as it has decorated margins and captioned cartouches in the field. A very good and very early printing with lovely colors, quite clean. Mitchell 217 references the 1899 printing, having never seen this one, it would appear. Complete, in a hinged cloth case. $9,500.00
      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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