Gwajo
[EHON] ITď JAKUCHď *JAKUCH*

Kyoto Uns˘d˘ Meiji 41 [1908]. Second Edition 4 Volumes. 4to (33.8 x 26.4 cm). Contemporary string bound Japanese style stiff paper boards contained in printed fabric covered chitsu clasped case. Collation: 100 full pate color prints in 4 volumes. The volumes and chitsu in good condition. This is second edition [saihan] of the set of Jakuch˘ color designs in a circular format, which Uns˘d˘ originally published in 1890. "It˘ Jakuchű, also known as Jokin and Tobei-an, lived between 1716 and 1800, and became one of the most famous Ky˘to painters of his timeů.He received his early training from an obscure artist of the Kan˘ school, but later in life devoted himself to realistic work in the style of the Ming paintingsů. Although known chiefly as a great painter, there are a few books containing reproductions of his work. The Jakuchű Gwaj˘, two gwaj˘ of superb drawins of flowers, plants, etc., in white on black ground, was printed from stone blocks and retouched with Chinese white. Copies of the first edition are immensely valuable, and even Yamada's modern reprint is and expensive book. Other publications printed by Yamada containing reproductions of Jakuchű's work are the /Jakuchű Gwafu/ in four volumes, and the /Gempo Yokwa/, both beautiful books." (Brown, p. 116-117). Very Good Chitsu with ivory clasps (Item ID: 0000652)

$4,800.00

"It˘ Jakuchű, also known as Jokin and Tobei-an, lived between 1716 and 1800, and became one of the most famous Ky˘to painters of his timeů.He received his early training from an obscure artist of the Kan˘ school, but later in life devoted himself to realistic work in the style of the Ming paintingsů. Although known chiefly as a great painter, there are a few books containing reproductions of his work. The Jakuchű Gwaj˘, two gwaj˘ of superb drawins of flowers, plants, etc., in white on black ground, was printed from stone blocks and retouched with Chinese white. Copies of the first edition are immensely valuable, and even Yamada's modern reprint is and expensive book. Other publications printed by Yamada containing reproductions of Jakuchű's work are the /Jakuchű Gwafu/ in four volumes, and the /Gempo Yokwa/, both beautiful books." (Brown, p. 116-117). The images in this set are most striking being beautiful artistically set images of plans in a circular area against a beige brown back- ground. The use of artistically cut multiple woodblocks to execute the images made it possible that each plate has brilliant color with subtle elegance. Each plate has the feel of an art nouveau painting. This is an exceptional work from the Ganku and Chines Schools of Japanese Block Printing as discussed by Brown. (1^st Ed. 1890, Mitchell, p. 314 )

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