A Late Edo Period Wood Block Printed Story Book: Richly Illustrated, Faint Impressions

$40.00 USD

7" x 4 1/12", 17.75 cm x 11.5 cm

This is a small and slender book of 10 double-sided pages richly illustrated with black-and-white woodblock prints said to be by the famous ukiyo-e master, Utagawa Kunisada. The book is so slender that it feels almost like a pamphlet in the hand due to its size and relatively light weight.

The book's front cover is printed in lavishly detailed colors while the back cover is of one tone. The binding is still intact and is done with cotton thread.

This book is a joy to behold and is a treasure to page through: the exuberance of dramatic life in Japan's Edo period is enlivened through the black-and-white illustrations and text of this small-scale but meticulously illustrated story book. The black-and-white illustrations in this book are of a fairly faint impression.

In good, used condition this book is a delight and a treat for the eyes and imagination.