KYŌSAI (1831-1889). Kyōsai rakuga. (Sold)
Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889)
Title: Kyōsai rakuga (Drawings by Kyosai made for pleasure). Two volumes, complete.
Description: The most important work of Kyosai in the field of illustrated books. The two volumes include thirty-four plates depicting animals, birds, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians. This is the first edition with the seals hand-printed under the artist's signature on all plates.
Date: Meiji 14 (1881).
Publisher: Takeda Den’emon and Morita Tetsugorō, Tokyo.
Size: Two orihon volumes 22x15 cm.
Medium: Woodblock color printing.
Literature: For a detailed description of the book, see the catalog of the British Museum edited by Timothy Clark, Demon of Painting The Art of Kawanabe Kyosai, London 1993, no. 97.
Conditions: One cover lightly stained otherwise very good conditions.
Item no: MK 14