by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki - Few other Japanese woodblock printmakers ever matched Kuniyoshi's detail and artistry in the genre of warrior prints. Published between 1847 - 1850, Kuniyoshi's fantastic series, "Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki," or Grand Pacification, presents fifty full-length portraits of famous warriors involved in the closing period of the civil wars in 16th century Japan, just before unification of the country. These dramatic images show these leaders engaged in battle or posing heroically in all their military glory. Kuniyoshi captures the unique aspects of each warrior, with texts above detailing their heroic careers. These prints are a great opportunity to collect a part of Japanese history, dynamically documented by the leading master of warrior prints.
This Complete Book - Published in 1917 by Yoshikawa Kobunkan, this complete book features reprints of 48 of the 50 designs in Kuniyoshi's "Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki." Each colorful, nicely detailed design is accompanied by a text page. The book features a traditional stab binding with paper covers. Dated Taisho 6 (1917). This fine old reprint book offers a terrific opportunity to collect some of Kuniyoshi's great samurai portraits.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Size - Image 7 5/8" x 5 1/4", overall size 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 1/2"
Condition - Prints with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Some prints have a few spots. One text page has a small tear at edge. Please see photos for details. Generally in good to nice condition overall.
Examples from the Book
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