Item ID: 10220 A fine printing woodblock (184 x 722 mm.) used to print a work on physiognomy, entitled Nan’ōken sōhō 南翁軒相法 by Nan’ōken 南翁軒. JAPANESE PHYSIOGNOMY WOODBLOCK.

A fine printing woodblock (184 x 722 mm.) used to print a work on physiognomy, entitled Nan’ōken sōhō 南翁軒相法 by Nan’ōken 南翁軒.

Text and illus. engraved on both sides. Japan: late Edo or early Meiji.

An interesting specimen for printing-history teaching collections: a printing woodblock used to print a Japanese book on physiognomy; it bears delicate renderings of palm readings. Our block bears the text and illustrations for four leaves (nos. 65-68) in one of the book’s five volumes. NIJL and WorldCat (accession no.: 42283716, for the 1892 ed.) use an additional title for the present book. Sōhō hijukai 相法秘受解. We have not been able to determine which edition we have; there were several published in the 19th century.

Near fine.

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 10220