Kokyo Kimura (=Kenkado) and Shitomi Kangetsu (illustrations) - Nihon Sankai Meisan Zue (日本山海名産圖會 /) - Volume 5 - 1799

Kokyo Kimura (=Kenkado) and Shitomi Kangetsu (illustrations) - Nihon Sankai Meisan Zue (日本山海名産圖會 /) - Volume 5 - 1799
Volume 5 of the five-volume series “Famous products of the Mountains and Sea” including images of Dutch ships.

Kokyo Kimura (=Kenkado) en Shitomi Kangetsu (illustraties) - Nihon Sankai Meisan Zue [Illustrations of the Noted Products of Mountain and Sea] -
Osaka, Shioya Chobei, 11th year of Kansei, 1799 ( 高木遷喬堂梓 : 浪花書肆鹽屋長兵衛) - 5e deel van 5 delen - 66 pp (33 dubbelepagina's) - oudtijds papieren omslag; Japanse binding - 25 x 17,5 cm.

Conditie: Matig. Bladzijden zijn behoorlijk aangetast door zilvervisjes, voornamelijk op eerste bladzijden.

Kavel wordt aangetekend verzonden.

First edition of this finely illustrated work describing the principal arts and industries of Japan with double-page woodblock illustrations throughout. The fifth volume describes the manufacture of lime, the production of the famous Imari pottery, textile manufacturing, harvesting seaweed, etc and ends with busy scenes of commerce and Dutch galleons, alluding to the export trade. The book was very probably written by Kokyo Kimura (1736-1802), who has signed the preface. Better known under the name Kenkado, he was a sake merchant, artist, calligrapher, bibliophile, and student of the sciences. He was one of the most important intellectuals of Osaka of the time.
The numerous woodcuts are important not only for their historically accurate detail but also for their artistic quality. The artist was Shitomi Kangetsu (1747-99), a student of Tsukioka Settei (1710-86). Kangetsu was an ukiyo-e painter who studied the ancient methods of both Chinese and Japanese painting, and specialized in landscapes, portraits, and shunga paintings.

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