Kubota Beisai; Minko Tachibana.
Taisho 5. 1916.
Reprint edition. TWO VOLUMES, two-page color woodblock prints throughout (15 in first volume, 13 in second volume) on double leaves, oriental style, 12 x 8 1/2 inches, decorative paper covers (Japanese thread binding fukurokuji) with title labels. Light abrasion to cover extremities, threads of second volume have broken, interiors very clean and bright. This is a reprint edition, with color woodblock print illustrations, of the original 18th century publication. The images of artisans of the Edo period are informative and beautifully rendered, combining illustrations of craftsmen at work with evocative social detail eg in one image a young child competes for the attention of a woman working. Item #45692