Two Large, Bird & Flower Manuscripts by Imao Keinen Lovely, hand-drawn and coloured
[Japan] Impressive manuscripts of kachoga (bird and flower) illustrations by Imao Keinen (1845-1924). He published his famous 4-volume work Keinen Kacho Gafu [Keinen's Illustrations of Birds and Flowers] in 1892 and each volume was subtitled with a season. These two manuscript copies of his work are superbly done and are the Spring and Summer volumes. The seals on the front look like the character for 'ko' but we have been unable to identify this talented artist.
Summer - 25 leaves. Spring - 40 leaves. Each 39.7 x 28cm.
In very good condition. Both volumes have been folded across the middle. Some age wear and marks. Minor browning to some pages. The lower paper string binding tie of the Spring volume is loose/broken. Otherwise very good. m34041147