Item ID: 8049 Manuscript on paper, entitled in manuscript on upper cover “Ukiyoe ruiko” [“Biographical Notes on Ukiyoe”]. Nanpo OTA.
Manuscript on paper, entitled in manuscript on upper cover “Ukiyoe ruiko” [“Biographical Notes on Ukiyoe”].
Manuscript on paper, entitled in manuscript on upper cover “Ukiyoe ruiko” [“Biographical Notes on Ukiyoe”].

One of the Major Ukiyoe Historical Reference Works

Manuscript on paper, entitled in manuscript on upper cover “Ukiyoe ruiko” [“Biographical Notes on Ukiyoe”].

24; 17 folding leaves. Three parts in two vols. 8vo (244 x 168 mm.), orig. decorated wrappers, new stitching. [Japan: 1818 or shortly afterwards].

A fine and early manuscript of this influential text, one of the major ukiyoe historical references. Ota (1749-1823), was a poet, fiction writer, calligrapher, scholar, and government official. Because of his many collaborations with a number of the leading ukiyoe artists of the time, Ota was eminently well-qualified to record biographical details of these artists. He wrote the first version of “Ukiyoe ruiko” in the 1790s, and it remained, in its several augmented versions, in manuscript for many decades. It is a collection of biographies of ukiyoe artists and is considered one of the basic works on the subject. Ota not only includes biographical details but also describes the artists’ most important books (with the number of volumes and printed dates), and gives disciples’ names and addresses.

When Ota wrote the first version of “Ukiyoe ruiko,” it consisted of biographies of 31 artists. In 1800, Kuninori Sasaya added details of the complex lineages of the many artists (“Yamato Ukiyoe no shikei”). In 1802, Santo Kyouden (1761-1816), amended the text. Our manuscript contains these three contributions.

In the following five decades, further additions were made by Shikitei Sanba, Keisai Eisen, Saitou Gesshin, and Tatsutaya Shuukin.

Fine copy. Minor marginal dampstaining.

❧ Oxford Art Online–”a comprehensive biography of ukiyoe artists, which invests them with authority equal to that of artists included in Kano-school treatises.”.

Price: $3,750.00

Item ID: 8049

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