An Edo Period Illustrated Book: 7 Elaborate Wood Block Images
published circa early 1850s
7" x 4 3/4" x 1/2", 17.75 cm x 12 cm x 1.25 cm
13 pages of illustrations: 6 double-page illustrations and 1 single page illustration
Volume 2 of the series "The Story of Two Sisters"
Written by Shotei Kin'sui (1795-1862)
Illustrated by Utagawa Kuninao (1793-1854) and Utagawa Yoshifuji (1828 - 1887)
This is an old, hand bound book showing 7 wonderful illustrations, 6 of which are double-page.
The images accompany one volume of a story by Shotei Kin'sui; most of the book is comprised of leaves of block printed text.
A beautiful little time capsule from old Japan which beautifully shows a world of courtesans and the upper strata of Edo society.
A lovely little treasure.