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  • Kitagawa Utamaro
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    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)- Ehon warai jogo (Picture Book: The Laughing Drinker)
    Circa 1803. Illustrated book. 3 volumes complete. 21.7 x 15.4cm (covers). Asano & Clark 494, Clark, Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art nos. 4 and 52. Fine, early impressions with superb, unfaded colour. Original covers and title-slips show wear, but internal contents are fine. This erotic masterpiece is thought to be Utamaro's final shumpon. Each volume opens with a half-length portrait of a beauty and closes with a detail of the genitalia. This book is extensively discussed in Asano & Clark and Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art (op. cit. pages 52 and 207).
  • Sakai Hoitsu
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    Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828)- Oson gafu (The Picture Album of Oson)
    1817. Illustrated book. One volume complete. 27.9 x 18.7cm (covers). Mitchell pages 443-4, Ryerson pages 362-3, Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, Vol. II, plates 120-21, figs, 427-9. Fine, early impressions of the first edition with woodgrain, metallic printing and the silver wave pattern on the covers. Fine colour. Very good condition. this is the finest copy we recall having seen of one of the most beautiful of all Rimpa books.
    $15,000
  • Sakai Hoitsu
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    Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828)- Oson gafu (The Picture Album of Oson)
    1817. Illustrated book. One volume complete. 27.9 x 18.7cm (covers). Mitchell pages 443-4, Ryerson pages 362-3, Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, Vol. II, plates 120-21, figs, 427-9. Fine, early impressions of the first edition with woodgrain, metallic printing and the silver wave pattern on the covers. Fine colour. Very good condition. this is the finest copy we recall having seen of one of the most beautiful of all Rimpa books.
    $15,000
  • Yanagawa Shigenobu
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    Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1832)- Kyoka momo chidori
    Circa 1830. Illlustrated book. 1 volume incomplete with 24 plates. 22.4 x 15.2cm (covers). Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, Vol. II, plate 149. Fine impressions with metallic printing. Fine colour. Very good condition. Hillier knew of only two copies in Western collections, both also incomplete (op. cit., page 785). However there is another incomplete copy in the Cheser Beatty Library which seems to have the same pagination as ours (see Keyes, Chester Beatty, Vol. II, no. 397). The printing of this book is of surimono quality and its rarity is a result of the act of breaking up the book to sell the plates as single sheets.
  • Kitao Shigemasa
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    Kitao Shigemasa (1739-1820)- Yokyoku iro bangumi (Programme of Erotic Noh Plays)
    1781. 3 volumes complete. Fine impressions. Very good condition. Shunga, Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art, British Museum, 2013, no. 90. The plate illustrated seems to have influenced Hokusai and his famous octopus image.
  • Kitao Shigemasa
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    Kitao Shigemasa (1739-1820)- Keika Toridasuki
    1783. Illustrated book. 1 volume complete with twelve illustrations. 27.2 x 18.2 cm (covers). Fine impressions. Brilliant, fresh, unfaded colour. Fine condition.
  • Kawanabe Kyosai
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    Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)- Kyosai manga shohen (Kyosaiís Rambling Drawings: First Series)
    1881. 1 volume complete together with the original wrapper for the book. Very good impressions. Very good colour and condition.
  • Kawanabe Kyosai
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    Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)- Kyosai rakuga (Kyosai's Drawings for Pleasure)
    1881. Illustrated Book. 2 volumes (bound as one) complete. 22.3 x 15 cm (covers). Clark, Demon of Paintings, no. 97, Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, Vol. II, page 180, Buckland, Clark and Oikawa, A Japanese Menagerie, plates 4, 42 and 46. Fine impressions on toshi paper with the hand-stamped seals on all plates (with the exception of the cat with rats) indicative of an early edition. Fine colour and condition. Described by Hillier (op. cit. page 941) as " Kyosai's finest work in book form..." Koto Sadamura has noted that the hand-stamped seal on the colophon, Beiju-o in (Old Man of Rice-juice [Sake]), appears to be an actual impression of a seal frequently used by the artist on his original paintings.
  • Katsushika Hokusai
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    Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)- Hokusai manga (The Sketches of Hokusai).
    Vol. VII. 1 volume complete. Fine impressions of an early Edo edition. Fine colour and condition. The landscape volume of the Manga.
  • Kawamura Bumpo
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    Kawamura Bumpo (1779-1821)- Kaido soga (the re-named Kaido kyoka awase).
    1811. 1 volume complete. Mitchell pages 324-325. Provenance: Tronquois. Fine impression, colour and condition. The single volume edition which lacks the poetry volume.
    $3,500
  • Kawanabe Kyosai
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    Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)- Kyosai suiga (shohen) (Intoxicated Drawings by Kyosai, First Series)
    1882. 1 volume complete. Fine impressions, colour and condition.
  • Kawanabe Kyosai
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    Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)- Kyosai suiga (nihen) (Intoxicated Drawings by Kyosai. Second Series)
    1883. 1 volume complete. Fine impressions and colour. Very good condition.
  • Kawanabe Kyosai
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    Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)- Kyosai hyakki gadan (Kyosaiís Illustrations of the Hundred Demons)
    1889. 1 volume complete. Very good impressions, colour and condition.
  • Kawamura Bumpo
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    Kawamura Bumpo (1779-1821)- Bumpo gafu (Album of Drawings by Bumpo)
    1807-1813. 3 volumes complete. Mitchell pages 227-228. Very good to fine impressions. Fine colour. Some wormage in volumes 1 and 3, otherwise fine condition. Provenance: Tadamasa Hayashi, Henri Riviere.
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
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    Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)- Ukiyo-e gafu
    Ca. 1850ís. Volume 3 complete. Very good impression, colour and condition.
    $800
  • Katsushika Hokusai
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    Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)- Manji-o sohitsu gafu (Picture Book of Drawings in Cursive Style by the Old Man Manji)
    1843. 1 volume complete. Fine impressions. Very good condition. Rare in early impressions.
  • Utagawa Kunisada and Totoya Hokkei
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    Utagawa Kunisada and Totoya Hokkei - Yakusha sanjurokkasen (Actors as the Thirty-six Poets)
    1835. 1 volume complete. Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, Volume 1, figs. 281 and 282. Fine impressions. Slight wormage. Very good condition.
  • Takeuchi Seiho
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    Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942)- Seiho junishi jo (An Album of the Twelve Zodiacal Signs by Seiho)
    Ca. 1910s. One volume complete. 36.5 x 25 cm (covers). Mitchell page 464, Brown page 202. Fine impressions and colour. Very good condition. This book of twelve double-oban plates is a fine example of early 20th century printing.
  • Kamisaka Sekka
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    Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)- Cho senrui (A Thousand Butterflies). Two volumes complete
    1908. Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, Volume II, plate 192. Very good impression, colour and condition with the usual slight off-setting. The earliest edition dates from 1903.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Shunshoku neya no shiori (Bedroom Guide to Spring Scenes)
    Circa 1847. Illustrated book. 3 volumes complete. Very good impressions. Very good colour and condition. Japanese Erotic Fantasies, Rotterdam, 2005, no. 75.
    $2,500
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- A shumpon showing a variety of subjects including 3 plates of half-length portraits of women together with close-ups of their vaginae
    Circa 1830. Lacking title-slip, otherwise complete. Fine impressions with metallic printing. Fine colour and condition. Apparently unrecorded.
    $2,500
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- Keichu hato guruma
    Circa 1830. 3 volumes complete. Fine impressions, colour and condition.
    $2,300
  • Hasegawa Myotei (Calligrapher)
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    Hasegawa Myotei (Calligrapher) - Sazare-ishi nyohitsu (Pebbles, Womenís Handwriting
    1713. First volume of three. Fine impressions. Some wormage, otherwise very good condition.
    $1,900
  • Katsushika Isai
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    Katsushika Isai (1821-1880)- Banbutsu zukai Isai gashiki (All Things Illustrated: the Forms of Painting of Isai)
    1864. 2 volumes complete. Fine, early impressions in fine condition. Tamba page 284. Provenance: Gillet. As usual, the books are additionally bound into Gilletís elaborate silk, hardboard binding.
    $800.
  • Ueda Kocho
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    Ueda Kocho (Active circa 1806-1863)- Kyosai Ryakuga (Kochoís Rapid Sketches)
    1863. 2 vols. (bound as one), complete. Very good impressions. Very good colour and condition. Mitchell page 370, this example catalogued. Provenance: Ulrich Odin, Hotel Drouot Paris, 1928, lot 194, illustrated, plate VIII.
    $1,100
  • Nishimura Nantei
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    Nishimura Nantei (1775-1834)- Nantei gafu kohen (Nanteiís Book of Drawings, 2nd Series)
    1826. One volume complete. Mitchell page 432. Fine impressions. Fine colour. Very good condition.
    $2,900.
  • Kawamura Bumpo
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    Kawamura Bumpo (1779-1821)- Bumpo gafu [sampan] (Album of Drawings by Bumpo, Third Series)
    1813. 1 volume complete. Very good impressions. Very good colour and condition. Mitchell page 228. This volume is noteworthy for the 4 pages of illustrations of a Kyoto painting exhibition.
    $800
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