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Ehon Makuzugahara - Nishikawa Sukenobu - 1759

Ehon Makuzugahara - Nishikawa Sukenobu - 1759

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"Ehon Makuzugahara"

-Artist Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1750)

-Published by Kikuya Kihei in Osaka
-Horeki 9 (1759)
-2 volumes (of 3) - 24pp and 26pp

-Size 22 x 16cm. 

-Condition - Later wrappers with one binding loose. Some stains and foxing. 24 and 26
This is an early book by Sukenobu entitled Ehon Makuzugahara - the book of Makuzugahara (a place in Kyoto)
Illustrations from this work inspired lacquer works such as this writing box at the British museum:  https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O16125/writing-box/
The book displays images of silk worm, fireflies, frogs crickets as well as refined life in Japanese landscapes. There are some lovely images of a women undertaking calligraphy as well as caring for her child.
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