Album with Twenty Copperplate Prints by Okada Shuntosai with bookplate of James G. Goodenough
[Japan] Album of 20 copperplate engravings mounted on paper by Okada Shuntosai (fl 1830-1861), a student of Gengendō's founder, Matsumoto Yasuoki (1776-1867). Such albums comprise the bulk of Shuntosai's work in both institutional holdings and on the market. Only one print has a romanized caption, SIJOEM TOOCEM for Shuntosai, suggesting that they were primarily aimed at the domestic market.Following is a list of prints in the album, with identifications and dates based on the websites of the Dutch National Museum of World Cultures, the MFA and the Uji museum as well as John Clark, Japanese Nineteenth Century Copperplate Prints (British Museum Occasional Papers 84, 1994): Three Views in Three Cities, Edo, Kyoto, Osaka; Shuntosai romanized as "Sijoem Toocem"/ Kamakura, Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine/ Kamakura / Eight Warriors / Enoshima 1861 / Ise 1854 / Kyoto, Parade Floats of the Gion Festival / Osaka 1858-61 / Four Seasons in Tokyo / Nara, Famous Places in the Eastern Hills (Higashiyama) / A Self-guided Tour of the Yamato Region with Nara and Yoshino, 1849 / Nagoya, Atsuta Shrine (not in any referenced collections) / Kyoto, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine / Kyoto, Twelve Attractions / Yamashiro Region of Kyoto Province 1861 / Otani, Spectacles Bridge, 1858 / Kyoto 1861 / Kyoto, Views of Famous Places in the Western Hills / Nihon Sankei—The Three Views of Japan: Miyajima, Matsushima, Amanohashidate / Central Peaks of Mt. Hiko, Tagawa County, Buzen Province. Bookplate of James Graham Goodenough (1830-1875) tipped to front cover. Goodenough joined the Royal Navy at age 14 and served in the Pacific, the South Atlantic, the Baltic, on the China station, and as an observer in the US Civil War before his appointment as commodore of the Australian station in 1873. Active in promoting British expansion in the South Pacific, in 1875 he died of wounds inflicted by poison arrows in the Solomon Islands. Gift inscription inside cover, 'To Monica Lacy from Grandmama (Goodenough)'.
15.9 x 11.8cm (each print approx 14.5 x 8.5cm).
In very good to fine condition. Covers a little worn and bookplate with some staining. Front cover is a little warped. Internally fine.