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Item:264312437000KEINEN KACHÔ GAFU (Keinen’s Album of Birds and Flowers) BOOKPLATE FROM THE VOLUME “SPRING” Imao Keinen (1845-1924)Title: Keinen Kachō Gafu (Keinen’s Album of Birds and Flowers)Date: Meiji 24-25 [1891-2]Publisher: Nishimura Sozaemon, Tanaka Jihei, KyōtoBlock-cutter: Tanaka Jirōkichi. Printer Miki Jinzaburō Each leaf measures approx. 9-7/8” x 10-1/4”Actual image size measure approx. 8-1/2” x 12-1/2” Condition: Excellent state of preservation. Warm, Pastel colors. A definite early printing from the first edition. No worm damage, stains or thumbing. These “first edition” Tanaka Jihei prints preceded the 20th Century Unsodo version (there is a dramatic difference between the two, as the Unsedo edition lacks the richness of color and depth of tonality). You will notice that there is a western number captioning the top of the image, this is the true first printing, which many view as the most sought after and desirable of all. —————————————— The Keinen Kachō Gafu is the most famous Japanese book of birds and flowers of the Meiji Period. Each volume is associated to a season. This work is linked to the world of Japanese textile art, since it was often used a design source for kimonos and embroidery.The book was commissioned by Nishimura Sōzaemon (1855-1935), a major producer and trader in Kyōto specializing in embroidery and hand-painted yūzen textiles. A sheet in English that advertised the activity of Sōzaemon was occasionally included in each volume. The work was met with great success in the West. Many copies of the book were sold at the end of the nineteenth century during the universal exhibitions in Europe and America, where Sōzaemon exhibited his textiles.The Keinen Kachō Gafu was conceived and realized in close contact with the naturalist Yamamoto Akio and two renowned artisans, the carver Tanaka Jirōkichi and the printer Miki Jinzaburō.The first edition of Keinen Kachō Gafu was published by Tanaka Jihei, a Kyōto publisher who curated the printing, publication and distribution while the woodblocks ownership was always of Nishimura Sōzaemon. Subsequently, around 1894, the publisher Unsōdō acquired all Tanaka Jihei stock and publication rights and reprinted the work with the original woodblocks, replacing in the colophon the name of Tanaka Jihei with his own. It is important to note that the reprint edition lacks the richness of the original publication. CHOICE~~~RARE~~~WONDERFUL BOOKPLATE COMBINED SHIPPING: If you have payment due on more than one item, please wait for me to send you an invoice. I will adjust the cost of shipping fairly. My prices are extremely reasonable and far below what one would be expected to pay for a work of this stature in a high-dollar gallery or at auction. AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED FROM YEARS OF INSIGHTFUL ARTISTIC UNDERSTANDING AND A PASSIONATE INTEREST IN THE HISTORY OF AESTHETICS AND CULTURAL. I work hard to provide fast and courteous service, as my aim is complete customer satisfaction. Thank you for visiting my store.Original/Reproduction:Antique Original
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