Kabuki Juhachiban - The 18 Best Kabuki Plays Colour woodblock prints of the Ichikawa Danjuro line
[Japan]. Wonderful, accordion-style bound orihon containing woodblock printed illustrations of the 18 most famous Japanese kabuki plays as selected by Ichikawa Danjuro VII (1791-1859) in the early 1830s. The plays are Yanone, Nanatsumen, Gedatsu, Kamahige, Shibaraku, Sukeroku, Uiro Uri, Kagekiyo, Kan'u, Fudo, Narukami, Zohiki, Uwanari, Oshimodoshi, Kenuki, Jayanagi, Fuwa, and Kanjincho. Some plays are not so well-known now but others are still very popular. This book actually contains 19 prints along with a contents page. Lovely patterned covers.
Probably Tokyo. Publisher unknown. 1917.
20pp. 24.1 x 21.6cm.
In very good condition with only minor wear. In custom folding case.