Two long woodblocks (890 x 230 x 17 mm.; 880 x 225 x 21 mm.), finely carved on both sides, used in the printing of Ikkyu shokoku monogatari [Tale of Ikkyu’s Journey], an illustrated story of the Zen Buddhist monk and poet Ikkyu. He is depicted in all eight full-page images on these blocks. [Kyoto: n.d.]. WOODBLOCKS.
Two long woodblocks (890 x 230 x 17 mm.; 880 x 225 x 21 mm.), finely carved on both sides, used in the printing of Ikkyu shokoku monogatari [Tale of Ikkyu’s Journey], an illustrated story of the Zen Buddhist monk and poet Ikkyu. He is depicted in all eight full-page images on these blocks. [Kyoto: n.d.].
Two long woodblocks (890 x 230 x 17 mm.; 880 x 225 x 21 mm.), finely carved on both sides, used in the printing of Ikkyu shokoku monogatari [Tale of Ikkyu’s Journey], an illustrated story of the Zen Buddhist monk and poet Ikkyu. He is depicted in all eight full-page images on these blocks. [Kyoto: n.d.].

Two long woodblocks (890 x 230 x 17 mm.; 880 x 225 x 21 mm.), finely carved on both sides, used in the printing of Ikkyu shokoku monogatari [Tale of Ikkyu’s Journey], an illustrated story of the Zen Buddhist monk and poet Ikkyu. He is depicted in all eight full-page images on these blocks. [Kyoto: n.d.].

Two well-preserved large woodblocks carved to print a Edo-period narrative of Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481), the rebellious and itinerant Buddhist monk of the Muromachi period. His father Gokomatsu was the hundredth Emperor of Japan, and because Ikkyu was a distant heir to the throne, his mother, a consort, entrusted him to a Zen monastery at five years old. He became an influential teacher despite his controversial views on sexuality and critiques of Zen Buddhism’s administration. Ikkyu is a popular folk hero to this day.

Ikkyu shokoku monogatari describes Ikkyu’s many travels around Japan after the death of his mentor, Kaso Sodon (1352-1428). The present illustrated edition is known in only one example, at Waseda University, whose catalogue entry provides us with the imprint (Kyoto: Kikuya chobei) but not the date. Carved on both sides, the woodblocks bear the text and images for eight leaves from volumes one and four (of five). The leaf and volume numbers are indicated by the hashira (pillar), the column found in between the text block and the illustration on each leaf.

The eight illustrations have been masterfully rendered and show Ikkyu in various locations across Japan. All of them are in an excellent state of preservation.

Both woodblocks are in near fine condition; some wear to the handles, as usual. Offered with eight thick paper sheets on which all eight leaves have been printed.

Price: $3,750.00

Item ID: 7462

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