vol. I: Spring
vol. III: Autumn
Imao KEINEN (1845 - 1924)
A book of Drawings of Flowers and Birds by Keinen
('Keinen kacho gafu')
- The complete four-volume illustrated book containing
one hundred and sixty-four - 164 ! - large, oban-sized prints:
SINGLE-SHEET designs, DIPTYCHS and a QUADRIPTYCH.
Publisher: Nishimura Sozaemon, Kyoto - Engraver: Tanaka Jirokichi
Size: oban tate-e (37 x 25.5 cms / c. 14.5" x 10") each volume,
complete with table of contents (names of birds), illustrations
numbered in kanji in top margin. - Published: 1891-92
Excellent impression and color of the original Japanese edition
with the page numbers in kanji (editons for export carry arabic
numerals). - Near mint. - No wormholes. -
"Perhaps the most beautiful work of its kind ever printed in Japan"
(L.N. Brown: "Block Printing and Book Illustration in Japan"; 1924).
"... the finest, and one of the most splendid productions
of the Meiji period, is 'Keinen kacho gafu' .."
(Jack Hillier, in: "The Art of the Japanese Book"; London; 1987.)
Other example: : The Happer Collection,
sold at: Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge; 27th April, 1909.
Ref. no.: # 712763
vol. II: Summer
vol. IV: Winter