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ASAI CHU. - [Tosei Fuzoku Gojuban Utaawase].

 1483047017,
Tokyo, Yoshikawa Hanschichi 1907 (Meiji 40). Two volumes 25x18cm publisher's wrapper with title labels; 52 full page colour woodcuts by Asai. A couple of bits of stitching broken, still an outstanding pair: fresh, crisp, beautifully printed. ¶ First edition of this captivating collection of portraits of couples, if only momentarily. Each of these illustrations accompanies a poem on modern customs; the book's title calls this a poetry competition. Asai, elder and teacher of the school of western painting, fortunately never abandoned the tradition of satirical illustration - though there is more good natured but pointed humour here than harsh satire. This was published just before his death.
AUD 850.00 [Appr.: EURO 533.75 US$ 604.12 | £UK 453.75 | JP¥ 68352] Book number 10656

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