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(JAPAN.) Tokaido Meisho Zue. Profusion of woodblock illustrations. 6 volumes. Large 8vo format, 10x7 inches, original blue paper wrappers with partial printed paper labels, a bit worn, newer stitching; internally nice with light marginal thumbing and minor scattered worming. Japan, Kansei 9 (1797)
Fine archive of prints illustrating life along the Tokaido Road by Masayoshi Kitao and Shunsensai Takehara. Woodblocks show views of the countryside, highway, shops, commercial activity, and scenes of everyday life on the path from Kyoto to Edo.
together with: Miniature Tokaido Road map and guide book: Dai Nihon Saiken Dochu Ki. 11 color-printed double-page woodblock illustrations and other uncolored maps and prints. Oblong 12mo format, 2 3/4x6 inches, original stitched blue wrappers, light wear. Japan, circa 1840.