Item ID: 9743 Ehon Kusa Nishiki 繪本草錦 [The Picture-Book of Brocade Plants]. SEKKŌSAI KITAO TATSUNOBU 雪坑齋北尾辰宣, or TOKINOBU.
Ehon Kusa Nishiki 繪本草錦 [The Picture-Book of Brocade Plants].
Ehon Kusa Nishiki 繪本草錦 [The Picture-Book of Brocade Plants].
Ehon Kusa Nishiki 繪本草錦 [The Picture-Book of Brocade Plants].
Ehon Kusa Nishiki 繪本草錦 [The Picture-Book of Brocade Plants].
Ehon Kusa Nishiki 繪本草錦 [The Picture-Book of Brocade Plants].
Ehon Kusa Nishiki 繪本草錦 [The Picture-Book of Brocade Plants].
Ehon Kusa Nishiki 繪本草錦 [The Picture-Book of Brocade Plants].

“The Best of Sekkōsai’s Sumi-Printed Books”

Ehon Kusa Nishiki 繪本草錦 [The Picture-Book of Brocade Plants].

39 leaves. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, orig. patterned semi-stiff wrappers (wrappers a little wormed), new stitching. Osaka: Kashiwabaraya Seiemon, 1764.

First edition. Sekkōsai was an artist active in Osaka, ca. 1740-50. He illustrated books and theater programs and also designed a number of prints. This is “the best of Sekkōsai’s sumi-printed books, consisting of a wide range of miscellaneous pictures, some in Kanō or even Itchō style. The profile drawing of a girl wearing a kimono patterned with white hares and drooping willow wands is unusually winning.”–Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, p. 299.

A fresh copy, with some worming, occasionally repaired, touching images. We do not find it offensive.

References

Brown, Louise Norton. Block Printing & Book Illustrations in Japan. London: 1924, p. 64.

Price: $1,350.00

Item ID: 9743