Bairei Gafu 3 vols. Birds and Insects Illustrated by Kono Bairei
[Japan] Nice trio of orihon woodblock printed books by Kono Bairei (1844-95), who was especially well known for his illustrations of birds. Although these three books are in a primitive folding case probably made by a former owner, two volumes are a matching pair and the other volume of insects (Konrui no bu) is from a later series, hence the different publication dates.
Kyoto. Sasada Yahei & Murakami Kanbei. 1886 (Vols. 1 & 2)
Kyoto. Yamada Unsodo. 1905 (Vol. 3 of 3).
Vol. 1 - 48pp. Vol. 2 - 54pp. Vol. 3 (insects) - 54pp. Each approx. 18 x 12cm.
In good condition. Volume 1 is separated into two parts (easily repairable) and also has some minor worming inside the front cover and first few pages, and some minor staining. Volume 2 is very good with some general age wear and a few marks here and there. Volume 3 (insects) is very good.