Mizu no omo shu [The Surface of the Water].

Six double-page & two full-page woodcut illus. (all color-printed), most heightened with gold & silver pigment. 27 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (extremities a trifle worn), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. [Japan]: 1831.

First edition of this scarce and richly illustrated collection of kyoka poetry, which translates to “crazy verses,” a comic genre filled with wordplay and figurative language. The woodcuts have been skillfully embellished with pigments and embossing to accentuate the patterns within.

Suikei (1780-1833), renowned for his figurative painting, provided the illustrations for a number of books in the late Edo period. One of the editors of this compilation of poems was Shakuyakutei (1767-1845), or Sugawara Nagane, leader of the Shakuyakutei circle of kyoka poets.

The illustrations, used to complement the poems, are particularly elegant and vibrant. The details of patterned clothing are brought out by multiple layers of printing, blind embossing, and the application of silver and gold pigments.

Very good copy of a pleasing example of illustrated kyoka poetry.

Price: $2,950.00

Item ID: 6940

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