by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Hiroshige's Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces - Designed in the mid-1850s, Hiroshige's fantastic Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces series features sixty-nine prints, one for each of the sixty-six provinces of Japan, plus Edo and the two major islands. The striking new use of a vertical format allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts typical of his work, drawing the viewer in while at the same time implying a sense of great distance. The high vantage point of most of the designs allows for sweeping panoramas and expansive views of the beautiful countryside. Skillful bokashi shading also adds unusual depth to many of the images. From bucolic rural views to busy urban centers, the series beautifully illustrates the Japanese countryside while capturing the flavor of life during the Edo era.
This Complete Woodblock Reprint Set - This album comprises a complete set of Hiroshige's "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces," with 70 woodblock reprints and a color woodblock title page. It includes a text page in Japanese, a table of contents in English, and a brief biography in English. Each print is mounted to a heavy album page with a label featuring the title in Japanese and English. The pages are attached side to side, accordion style, and the album features cloth covers. The book fits into a traditional cloth-covered outer folder with toggle closure. The colors are fresh and bright, and the woodblocks are beautifully detailed and shaded. A handsome presentation and a nice opportunity to collect a complete set of this lovely series.
Please Note - This album is quite heavy. International bidders are welcome; however, there is an additional $50 charge to ship the set internationally.
Size - Each image 8 1/2" x 5 5/8" + margins as shown; page size 12 1/8" x 8 1/2"; overall size 10 1/2" x 8 7/8" x 1 7/8"
Condition - Prints with excellent color and detail as shown. A few prints have a spot or two or a few creases. Table of contents toned and spotted. A couple album pages have spots, one has a couple surface losses. One toggle closure missing. Please see photos for details.
Examples from the Set
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