1786 KYOTO Travel Guide Scenic Picture Edo JAPAN Japanese Illustrated Woodblock

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An exceedingly rare, 18th century set of woodblock prints of scenic tourist areas in Edo during the mid to late Edo period bound in the “fukurotoji (variously translated as “bound-pocket,” or “pouch” binding)” style (Keio). This particular travel guide was authored by Akisato Ritō with illustrator Takehara Shunchosai and is titled Miyako Meisho Zue (Pictorial guide to scenic spots in Kyoto). It was published in response to the popularization of travel. 

 

Consumers of meisho zue did not use them as travel guidebooks, but rather as stimulants to engage in a premodern mode of virtual travel, by which they enjoyed vicarious experiences of place without the attendant corporeal and economic drawbacks of physical travel. Such book-based experiences of geography were essential to the considerable commercial success of Miyako meisho zue because they satisfied a desire for leisurely accumulation of geographical fluency among a truly diverse readership, which ranged from samurai to commoners, townspeople to villagers, old to young, and men to women.3 Shunchōsai’s depiction of the Fourth Avenue Riverbed was meant to transport the reader to this place, not actually but virtually (Goree).

 

This 1786 edition is particularly special in the fact that it was published just two years before the great Tenmei fire that would burn for several days even burning the Emperor’s Palace to the ground, thus, immortalizing the imagery and landscape of Kyoto from the 1700s before it had to be rebuilt.

 

This rare, 1786 travel guide of woodblock prints includes over 250 double- and single-page illustrations!

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1786 KYOTO Travel Guide Scenic Picture Edo JAPAN Japanese Illustrated Woodblock

 

An exceedingly rare, 18th century set of woodblock prints of scenic tourist areas in Edo during the mid to late Edo period bound in the “fukurotoji (variously translated as “bound-pocket,” or “pouch” binding)” style (Keio). This particular travel guide was authored by Akisato Ritō with illustrator Takehara Shunchosai and is titled Miyako Meisho Zue (Pictorial guide to scenic spots in Kyoto). It was published in response to the popularization of travel. 

 

Consumers of meisho zue did not use them as travel guidebooks, but rather as stimulants to engage in a premodern mode of virtual travel, by which they enjoyed vicarious experiences of place without the attendant corporeal and economic drawbacks of physical travel. Such book-based experiences of geography were essential to the considerable commercial success of Miyako meisho zue because they satisfied a desire for leisurely accumulation of geographical fluency among a truly diverse readership, which ranged from samurai to commoners, townspeople to villagers, old to young, and men to women.3 Shunchōsai’s depiction of the Fourth Avenue Riverbed was meant to transport the reader to this place, not actually but virtually (Goree).

 

This 1786 edition is particularly special in the fact that it was published just two years before the great Tenmei fire that would burn for several days even burning the Emperor’s Palace to the ground, thus, immortalizing the imagery and landscape of Kyoto from the 1700s before it had to be rebuilt.

 

This rare, 1786 travel guide of woodblock prints includes over 250 double- and single-page illustrations!

 

Item number: #7196

Price: $5500

 

RITO, Akizato

 

Akisato Ritō’s Miyako meisho zue ( 名所 圖會; An Illustrated Guide to the Capital)

 

Japan: Akizato Rito, TENMEI 6 [1786]

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages; 6 volumes
  • References:
    • Kazuko Hioki; Characteristics of Japanese Block Printed Books in the Edo Period: 1603 – 1867.
    • Robert Goree; Meisho Zue and the Mapping of Prosperity in Late Tokugawa Japan
    • Keio University, JAPANESE CULTURE THROUGH RARE BOOKS
  • Language: Japanese
  • Binding: Softcover; tight & secure
  • Size: ~10in X 7in (25cm x 18cm)
  • Auctions records and price comparisons at extremely high prices (i.e. $7500 for 1799 edition and upwards of $30,000 for others)

 

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Categories

Arts & Architecture

Asia, Africa, & Middle Eastern

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

RITO, Akizato

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

Other

Binding

Softcover

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete