Shitomi, Kangetsu & Akizato Rito: ISE SANGU MEISHO ZUE. (The Principal Sights on the Road to Ise). Osaka, 1797. 39, 42, 49, 39, 31, 71 folded leaves. Numerous b/w woodcut illustrations, many double-page. 6 vols. 25x18 cm. Stitched.
When complete, this work comprises five parts in seven volumes. Here, volume one is lacking and we offer volumes 2-5 plus the supplement. A total of six volumes (part 5 being in 2 volumes). The Ise Sangu is a well-known example of the meisho-ki genre of illustrated works showing famous sights and scenes. It shows the principal sights on the well-travelled pilgrim road from Kyoto to the shrines at Ise. The black-and-white woodcut illustrations by Shitomi Kangetsu are fine and detailed with the majority being double page spreads. There are many views of scenery, buildings, temple architecture plus groups of people engaged in various tasks and celebrations and depictions of mythical entities. There is minor worming to a couple of volumes and some marginal waterstaining to vol. 4. Otherwise the work is fine internally. The original covers show the inevitable wear and some creasing. In Japanese. Priced accordingly given the lack of volume 1. Rare.
Subjects: Illustrated Books Rare Books
Available, as of: 20/05/2019
Was item 572 in printed List 195.
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