Fifty-Three Views of the Tokaido in Potted Tray Landscapes Very scarce, original printing
[Japan] Wonderful book by Kimura Tosen with art by the little known Utagawa Yoshishige aka Nan'yusai. Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido was first published in the early 1830s. This work, obviously based on Hiroshige's idea, is a fascinating work of art. Each stage of the Tokaido is shown as a bonkei (tray landscape) in a decorative pot. The Japanese title is, 'Tokaido Gojusan Tsugi Hachiyama Zue'. A reprint was published in the Meiji era, but this volume is from the first printings with the preface dated 1848. Volume 1 only (of two).
[Osaka]. [Shioya Yashichi]. 1848.
17 leaves. 24.5 x 17.5cm.
In good to very good condition. Covers quite worn with some loss and small area of damage. String binding looks to have been replaced. Internally very good with only general age wear. b34061217