by Kyosai (1831 - 1889), Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894), and Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Series; A Voyage to All Countries, 1870 - 1876
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A Voyage to All Countries - Written by Kanagaki Robun, "A Voyage to All Countries" (Bankoku kokai/Seiyodochu hirakurige) was released in 30 installments between 1870 and 1876, featuring illustrations by Kyosai, Hiroshige III, and Yoshiiku. The story depicts the grandsons of Yajirobe and Kitahachi, the protagonists from Jippenshu Ikku's earlier "Tokaidochu hizakurige" (Shank's Mare Tokaido), on their way to visit an exhibition in London. The pair leaves from Yokohama, passing through Shanghai, Hong Kong, Saigon, Singapore, Ceylon, Suez, Cairo, Alexandra, Marseilles, Paris, Gibraltar, and Southampton along the way. Each book features a few black and white diptych illustrations along with many pages of text. Subjects include landscapes and interactions with foreigners, along with some humorous situations, such as encounters with wild animals, including an octopus. The first time we've seen this interesting series.
This complete volume - This complete volume of "A Voyage to All Countries" includes 5 woodblocks, comprised of 1 color and 2 black and white diptychs, 1 large foldout color woodblock, and 1 color single panel illustration. The color diptych unfolds to reveal a large format image of foreigners in battle. It has a paper cover featuring embossed flags from different countries and a traditional stab binding.
Artist - Kyosai (1831 - 1889), Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894), and Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Size - Single panel 5 7/8" x 3 3/4"; diptych 5 7/8" x 7 7/8" + margins as shown; large foldout 5 7/8" x 15 1/2"; overall size 7 1/8" x 5 3/4" x 1/4"
Condition - Prints with good detail as shown. A few creases and wrinkles, some losses and tears along outside edge of folds. Binding intact. Please see photos for details.
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