by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Illustrated Tale of the Soga Brothers (Soga Monogatari Zue) - This handsome historic series by Hiroshige illustrates the famous tale of the Soga Brothers, Soga Juro Sukenari and Soga Goro Tokimune. A true story, the Soga Brothers' father was murdered in 1175 when the brothers were aged three and five. As young samurai, they finally avenged his death in 1193, killing his murderer during a hunting party at the foot of Mt. Fuji. This timeless story of honor and fidelity was a favorite subject for artists during the Edo era. These terrific designs combine lively figures with handsome settings, including interiors and landscapes. A rarely seen Hiroshige series and a nice complement to his landscape series.
This Complete Book - Published in 1918 by Yoshikawa Kobunkan, this complete book features 30 reprints from Hiroshige's "Illustrated Tale of the Soga Brothers." The series was originally thought to comprise 30 prints, but an additional design that appears to belong to the series was later found. These lively designs present the story from the childhoods of the brothers to their lives as young samurai and the night when they achieve their goal. A text page accompanies each design. The book features a traditional stab binding with paper covers. Dated Taisho 7 (1918). A great opportunity to collect a fine reprint set of this seldom seen Hiroshige series.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Size - Image 8 1/4" x 5 5/8" + margins as shown; overall 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3/8"
Condition - Prints with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Some prints have a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Generally in nice condition overall.
Examples from the Book
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