Two (2) Bound Groups of Japanese Woodblock Books plus four (4) loose volumes, 7 items total. 1st item: KARAKU MEISHO ZUE, HIGASHIYAMA BU (Famous Sights of the Beautiful Capital: Higas), illustrated by Matsukawa Hanzan (fl. 1850-82) and published by Akihiro Kumura, circa 1862. 8 woodblock printed volumes, ink on paper, containing illustrated views of the traditional part of Kyoto: people, festivals, gardens, temples, Samurai, and more. Fukurotoji bindings. Preserved in a blue slip case. Books measure 7 1/4" x 10 1/2". 2nd item: Takagi Sadatake (active mid 18th century), Honcho Garin – A Grove of our Country's Paintings, 1752. 3 woodblock printed volumes, ink on paper, with fukorotoji bindings, blue covers with original title slips. Various Kano school illustrations of birds, mammals, human figures and landscapes. Previous owner handwritten list of illustrations included. Dark blue slipcover case, 1 1/4" x 7 1/4" x 10 1/2". 3rd-6th item: 4 loose books of Japanese woodblock prints, including KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849), "Illustrated Selections of Chinese Poems" Vol. II and 2 volumes from "Designs for All Artisans," circa 1835; and 1 volume by unknown author/artist. 8 3/4" x 6". Provenance: by descent from the estate of Russell and Cornelia Speights, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall very good condition with toning to pages, wear to covers. Separation of one leaf pasted down to cover in volume 1. Some bookwork damage to two volumes. Wear and Fading to slipcase. 2nd item: Fair to poor condition. Significant worm damage to pages and covers. Covers with creasing, wear and fading, possible rebinding. Slipcase with fading. 3rd-6th items: Wear and fading to covers, toning and a few spots scattered worming and grime to pages, overall good condition.
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