Three consecutive woodblock boards (195 x 245 x 15 mm.), carved on both sides of each block, of pages 1-12 of a late Edo- or early Meiji-period edition of the famous and tragic love story, taken from real life, Hirai Gonpachi hiyokuzuka. WOODBLOCKS.
Three consecutive woodblock boards (195 x 245 x 15 mm.), carved on both sides of each block, of pages 1-12 of a late Edo- or early Meiji-period edition of the famous and tragic love story, taken from real life, Hirai Gonpachi hiyokuzuka.
Three consecutive woodblock boards (195 x 245 x 15 mm.), carved on both sides of each block, of pages 1-12 of a late Edo- or early Meiji-period edition of the famous and tragic love story, taken from real life, Hirai Gonpachi hiyokuzuka.
Three consecutive woodblock boards (195 x 245 x 15 mm.), carved on both sides of each block, of pages 1-12 of a late Edo- or early Meiji-period edition of the famous and tragic love story, taken from real life, Hirai Gonpachi hiyokuzuka.
Three consecutive woodblock boards (195 x 245 x 15 mm.), carved on both sides of each block, of pages 1-12 of a late Edo- or early Meiji-period edition of the famous and tragic love story, taken from real life, Hirai Gonpachi hiyokuzuka.
Three consecutive woodblock boards (195 x 245 x 15 mm.), carved on both sides of each block, of pages 1-12 of a late Edo- or early Meiji-period edition of the famous and tragic love story, taken from real life, Hirai Gonpachi hiyokuzuka.

Three consecutive woodblock boards (195 x 245 x 15 mm.), carved on both sides of each block, of pages 1-12 of a late Edo- or early Meiji-period edition of the famous and tragic love story, taken from real life, Hirai Gonpachi hiyokuzuka.

The woodblocks include the frontispiece wood engraving of the hero, Hirai Gonpachi, and his lover, Komurasaki, along with the first full-page woodcut in the book, depicting Hirai disguised as a Buddhist practitioner and carrying a shakuhachi. [Japan: late Edo or early Meiji].

A most attractive set of three woodblock boards, carved on both sides, containing the first twelve pages, including two full-page illustrations, of a yet undetermined late Edo or early Meiji illustrated edition of the tragic love story of Hirai Gonpachi. Hugely popular in the late Edo period, it is the story, based on actual events, of Hirai, a warrior of the Tottori fiefdom in western Japan, who fled to Edo after committing a murder. He was apprehended and sentenced to death in 1679. His distraught lover, the courtesan Komurasaki, committed suicide at his grave.

In fine condition. A few corners a little worn, but the carvings are fine and fresh.

Price: $2,950.00

Item ID: 7253

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