Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)
江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)

江戸自慢三十六輿 Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements (Edo jiman Sanjurokkyo)

NP: 平野屋新蔵 (Shinzo Hiranoya), 1864. First edition. Softcover. Folio. Spectacular collection of 36 loose colored Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints + 1 illustrated title page leaf (including a table of contents), housed in a modern black folder with each print in a separate protective sleeve. The gorgeous collection of Nishiki-e (polychrome prints) acts as visual guidebook to the culture and environments of Edo, depicting fun and interesting things and activities, including traditions, customs, local festivals, and delicacies.

The collection includes the following prints:

1. 堀之門 淀はし水飴 - Enjoying Yodohashi Mizuame (Starch syrup) at Horinomon
2. 梅やしき 漬梅 - Enjoying Tsukeume (Pickled plum) at a Umeyashiki (plum house)
3. 海案寺 紅葉 - Enjoying autumn leaves at Kaianji temple
4. 深川八まん 牡丹 - Enjoying Botan flowers (Peony flower) at Fukagawa Hachiman shrine
5. 大師河原 大森細工 - Making Omorizaiku (Omori straw crafts) at Daishigawara
6. 浅草年之市 - Shopping at Asakusa's Toshinoichi (year-end sale)
7. 愛宕山毘沙門ノ使 - Watching the "Bishamon no tsukai" (messenger of Bishamon) festival at Mt. Atagoyama
8. 目黒不動 餅花 - Checking Mochibana decorations (for New Year's) at Megurofudoson Temple
9. 品川海苔 - Roasting Nori (seaweed) at Shinagawa
10. 新よし原仲の町の桜 - A geisha enjoying cherry blossoms at night at Shin Yoshino Nakanomachi
11. 猿若町顔見勢 - Kabuki performers waiting for their debut stage at Saruwakacho
12. 向嶋堤ノ花并二 さくら餅 - Carrying Sakuramochi (rice cakes wrapped in cherry leaves) at Mukojima island
13. 橋場雪中 - A ferry going through the snow at Hashiba
14. 道灌やま虫聞 - Listening to insects chirping at Mt. Doukanyama
15. 芝神明 生姜市 - Going to the ginger market at Shiba Shinmei shrine
16. 日吉山王祭り子 - The child participant of the festival at Hiyoshi Sanno shrine
17. 赤はね火之見 - Watching The Fire Tower at Akabane
18. 霞ヶせき宿下り- Servants going home at Kasumigaseki
19. 高輪二六夜 - Waiting for the late moon rise on the 26th night (of July) at Takanawa
20. 鉄砲洲いなり富士詣 - Going to see Fujizuka mound (for the worship of Mt. Fuji) at Teppouzu Inari shrine
21. 池上本門寺會式 - Attending Eshiki (annual memorial for Nichiren Shonin) at Ikegami Honmonji Temple
22. 飛鳥山投土器 - Throwing clay plates at Mt. Asuka (to drive away evil spirits)
23. 日本橋初鰹 - Buying Hatsugatsuo (the first Bonito of the season) near Nipponbashi Bridge
24. 亀井戸初卯詣 - Going to Kameido Tenjin shrine for Hatsuumoude on the first day of Rabbit in January
25. 洲さ記潮干が里 - Shiohigari (Clam digging) at Susaki
26. 佃沖 名産志ら魚 - Serving Shirauo (icefish), famous local delicacy at Tsukuda
27. 落合ほたる - Enjoying fireflies at Ochiai
28. 今戸焼物 - Baking Imadoyaki Ware in a kiln
29. 増上寺大鐘 - Walking by the bell tower at Zojoji temple
30. 王子稲荷 初牛 - Visiting Oji Inari shrine on the first day of the Cow in February
31. 堀きり花菖蒲 - Enjoying Hanashobu (Iris flowers) at Horikiri
32. 不忍池 蓮花 - Enjoying Lotus flowers on Shinbazu no Ike pond
33. 両こく大花火 - Enjoying fireworks at Ryogoku
34. 酉の丁 銘物くまで - Buying “Good luck charm” (ornamented Rake) at the market in the Year of Rooster
35. 東叡山 花さくの理 - Enjoying Cherry blossoms at Toeizan
36. 目黒行人坂 富士 - Glancing at Mt. Fuji at Meguro Gyoninsaka slope

Chief student of the great master Hiroshige, Hiroshige II (1826-1869), also known as Shigenobu, was one of the greatest Japanese woodblock print artists of his time. In the early 1860s, Hiroshige II was involved in several series where two or more artists collaborated. Like Hiroshige before him, he often worked with Kunisada (1786-1865) and drew the landscapes or insects in their collaborative work: "Pride of Edo: Thirty-Six Amusements.

The first polychrome prints, or nishiki-e, were calendars made on commission for a group of wealthy patrons in Edo, where it was the custom to exchange beautifully designed calendars at the beginning of the year. A woodblock print image is first designed by the artist on paper and then transferred to a thin, partly transparent paper. Following the lines on the paper, now pasted to a wooden block usually of cherry wood, the carver chisels and cuts to create the original in negative—with the lines and areas to be colored raised in relief. Ink is applied to the surface of the woodblock. Rubbing a round pad over the back of a piece of paper laid over the top of the inked board makes a print. Polychrome prints were an advancement in woodblock printing technology in that were made using a separate carved block for each color, which could number up to twenty. To print with precision using numerous blocks on a single paper sheet, a system of placing two cuts on the edge of each block to serve as alignment guides was employed. Paper made from the inner bark of mulberry trees was favored, as it was strong enough to withstand numerous rubbings on the various woodblocks and sufficiently absorbent to take up the ink and pigments. Reproductions, sometimes numbering in the thousands, could be made until the carvings on the woodblocks became worn.

The artists' signatures are contained within the cartouches at either the lower left or the lower right portion of the image. The titles of the image and series are at the upper right. Captions in Japanese. Print size slightly varies: appr. 13 1/4" x 9 1/4", images: 13" x 9". 25 plates with artists' signatures in margin, 7 with signatures trimmed in margin, and 4 with missing signatures. Prints in overall very good condition. vg. Item #34131

Price: $7,500.00

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