Eleven (11) Japanese related books, including attributed to Gyokuzan. 1st item: Attrib. Gyokuzan (1737-1812), woodblock printed book on laid paper, 13 volumes preserved in a blue slip case titled Kokusenya Gossen. Circa 1803. 2nd item: Attr. Sesshosai (Terai Shigefusa, Active mid 18th century), 3 volumes of bound woodblock prints on handmade laid paper, preserved in a blue slip case titled Ehon Shuyo. Card with book suggests it is a work titled "Picture Book , The Gathering of Leaves," c. 1751, and was formerly in the De Roos collection, Kobe, Japan. 3rd item: Attrib. to Yashima, Gogaku, 5 volumes of woodblock prints in blue slipcase titled Hyakka Kikoden, mid 19th century. 4th item: Attrib. Gyokuzan (1737-1812), woodblock printed partial book, 10 volumes in blue slip case titled Kokusen Chugi Den Part II. Appears to be mid 19th century, possible reprint. 5th item: 4 volumes of woodblock prints in tan slip case titled Riundan, author unknown, appears mid 19th century. 6th item: Attrib. Hishakawa Moronobu: Ressen Gaden (Pictorial Biographies of the Saints), and Kachozan Daihoe Zuroku (A Temple Guide), both reprints of Horeki publications. Housed in blue slipcase. 7th item: Attrib. Kitagawa Utamaro, 2 volumes woodblock prints in pale green slipcase titled Yoshiwara nenju gyoji. 20th century reprint. 8th-11th items: 4 loose catalogs/books, including Sotheby's May 17, 1972 auction catalog of the De Roos collection of Japanese Illustrated Books; Christie's July 10, 1979 catalog of Fine Japanese Prints… and Illustrated Books; Christie's June 19, 1967 catalog of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art; and Dawes, Leonard: Japanese Illustrated Books, published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1972. Provenance: by descent from the estate of Russell and Cornelia Speights, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: 1st and 2nd items: Considerable wear and losses to wrappings, pages with worming, creasing, toning and foxing. 3rd-7th items are in better condition but still with creasing, wear, toning. 8th-11th items: Very good condition.
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