Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”]. HAKONE SEVEN HOT SPRINGS.
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].

The Seven Hot Springs at Hakone

Manuscript on paper, entitled on first leaf of Vol. I “Shichito no shiori” [“Stories about the Seven Hot Springs {at Hakone}”].

34 painted scenes, using brush and colors, on 136 pages. Text written in a very legible hand. 29; 23; 22; 21; 25; 28; 20; 32; 21; 21 folding leaves. Ten vols. 8vo (265 x 185 mm.), orig. wrappers, new stitching. [Japan: ca. 1811 or shortly thereafter].

This very beautiful manuscript depicts and describes the famous “Seven Hot Springs at Hakone” and surrounding mountainous landscapes. These spas, and the beautiful landscapes in which they are located, have been known and enjoyed since the 12th century; they play an important role in the cultural and artistic imagination of the Japanese. The waters are also considered to have important medicinal qualities.

Our superbly illustrated manuscript is one of several early copies (there is another in the National Diet Library), probably derived from a scroll of “Shichito no shiori.” They served as pictorial guides to the seven main hot springs (onsen) of Hakone. The author of the text was Roka Sanjin, and the whole work was edited by Bunso Shujin, both of whom have furnished Prefaces in the first volume. There follows an index for all ten volumes. A history of onsen is provided with discussions of their medical benefits.

In Vol. I, there is a beautiful hand-drawn three-page map of the area, showing the locations of the seven hots springs in the mountains. There is a description of the natural history of the region. Next is a five-page landscape showing the “Sanmai” bridge. Roka Sanjin lists 49 famous natural sights including mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, rock outcroppings, forests, and lakes. There follow three pages of illustrations of various notable landscapes.

Each of the next seven volumes is dedicated to one of the famous seven hot springs — Yumoto, Tonosawa, Donoshima, Miyanoshita, Sokokura, Kiga, and Ashinoyu. Each volume contains a multi-page highly detailed depiction of the hot spring area, along with notable landmarks, illustrations of the spa buildings, temples, historical stones with engraved inscriptions, famous waterfalls, volcanic mountains including Mt. Fuji, bathers in the hot springs, natural history specimens, etc. The text of the volumes provides details on inns (with names of owners); distances from major cities including Edo; available transportation; the particular medical benefits of the springs’ waters (cure neuralgia, myalgia, rheumatism, and dermatosis); costs to rent rooms, futon, lanterns for going to the springs at night, etc.

The details of the hot spring villages are charming, showing soba shops, clothing stores, restaurants, entertainment quarters, inns and their interiors, indoor and outdoor bathing areas, etc.

In very fine condition. The quality of the paintings is very high, with rich coloring. This manuscript appeared in Isseido’s catalogue of 1992, priced at 5,800,000 yen.

Price: $45,000.00

Item ID: 6624

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