Ikeda Keisai Eisen Japanese Woodblock Book 1800's Ehon

Mid Nineteenth Century Japanese Woodblock Book
Ukiyo Gafu by Keisai Eisen, Part 1 浮世画譜 Ukiyo gafu shohen by Keisai Eisen (Ikeda Eisen), published in Nagoya by Eirakuya Toshiro. Bound in traditional side-sewn accordion style; printed endpapers and 29 double leaves; 6.25 x 9 inches, (16 x 23 cm). Covers lightly worn, binding threads broken, pages are in good condition and impressions and color are a little light.

I am not certain of the publication date, but the book is bound in the burnished orange paper with curved line and diamond pattern characeristic of Eirakuya Toshiro's publications from the first third of the 19th century. I have provided a scan of the front and rear endpaper advertisements as a key to dating. (See Matthi Forrer's book Eirakuya Toshiro, publisher at Nagoya: a contribution to the history of publishing in 19th century Japan .)

Great sketches of people and nature by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848).

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