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EHON MUCHI BUKURO
1782 - [EHON] Torii KIYONAGA, artist. EHON MUCHI BUKURO. Toto [Edo], Iseya, Temmei 2 [1782]. 2 vols. in one. 21.4 x 15.1 CM, String-bound, Japanese- style, fukuro-toji. Extremely rare color printed book of scenes derring- do, rendered in Kiyonaga's wonderful style. Ten double page and three single page plates. Rubbed and a bit soiled, especially the first half of the work. With a [early 19th century?] hand drawn sketch of a tiger on the cover which is quite lovely in and of itself. There is a copy of this work in the British Museum, but I have not been able to track down any other copies outside Japan and the KSSM only lists the copy in the Diet Library. [See Hillier 383, 387 for more on this work]. As the covers are not original, the title page, which had been laid down to the inner front cover, is missing as well. The colophon is present, as are the text and images. Though a prolific primtmaker, Kiyonaga illustrated few books, though the quality of these designs makes one wonder why. In a handsoome clasped chitsu case.
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