Stunning Woodblock Print Book by Tawaraya Sotatsu published by Unsodo
[Japan] Large, impressive volume containing 22 masterful designs by Tawaraya Sotatsu (c1570–c1640), one of the most famous Japanese artists. He is thought to have co-founded the Rinpa school of Japanese painting, together with Koetsu, thus influencing well-known Rinpa artists Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716), Ogata Kenzan (1663–1743) and Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1828). The Japanese title of the book is 'Hato' which could be translated as 'vivacious waves' or 'living waves'. A scarce book. Priced accordingly.
Kyoto. Unsodo (edited by Yamada Naosaburo). 1910.
22pp. 38.3 x 27cm.
Overall fair to good. There is a stain that affects all pages near the spine. The first print has some loss at the top and the first page has a small hole. Title slip looks to have been replaced and rewritten. Previous owner stamps on final page and inside rear cover. b33040897