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    Sale 2249 | Lot 200
    Price Realized: $900With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2249 Lot 200

      (JAPAN.) UTAMARO Kitagawa; illustrator. A Picture Book, An Abundance of New Leaves (Ehon Wakaba Sakae). Preface by ASAGI no Uranari, with his two seals: Uranari (top) and below that Sentei (his literary name, Master of Sentei/Sentei Shuji). Profusion of illustrations by UTAMARO. 8vo, original stitched wrappers with most of the original paper title label. Np, circa 1794
      Estimate $1,000-1,500

      This is the third edition of a volume of kyoka poems illustrated by Kitagawa UTAMARO. The original edition, entitled A Picture Book, The Isle of Eternal Life (circa 1793) is extremely rare. The third edition is called Ehon Wakaba Sakae (A Picture Book, Poems on Abundant Leaves). The title handwritten on the cover (at left) omits the word "poem" (waka) and rewords it, a kind of wordplay suited to the genre of kibyoshi. ASAGI (pen name of Hôseidô Kisanji, 1735-1813) contributed a preface (undated) and the final poem. The prominence of these elements in the book suggests he was its editor.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $900