Kensarae Sumai Zue Illustrated Account of Contests Between Hand-game Players
[Japan] Very interesting pair of books that looks at the various hand-games (such as rock-paper-scissors etc.) played in Japan in the old days. Illustrated very nicely by Shokosai (aka Shoko or Hanbei), who was active around 1795-1809, the book also contains a list of the various clubs and members in Osaka, Kyoto and Nagasaki. A Meiji edition was published in 1883, this is the first edition of 1809. Bound together in one volume as issued.
Osaka. Kawachiya Tasuke/ Edo [Tokyo]. Murataya Jirobei. 1809.
Vol.1 - 70pp. Vol. 2 - 46pp. 25.3 x 18.1cm.
In very good condition. Covers worn and slightly creased with minor loss to title slip. Internally very good with a few small seals on the first page. b34051175