N.1 kuchi-e woodblock print
Year: 1897
Condition: very good
Size: 30 x 22 cm

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Elegant original woodblock print of the kuchi-e (口絵) type, made in October 1897 by the artist Takeuchi Keishu (武内桂舟), entitled “Beauty Watching Autumn Flowers” (佳人看秋草) and depicting, precisely, a bijin (美人) beauty and a flowering susuki (ススキ) “silver grass” plant.

The work is taken from vol. 3 n. 14 of the famous literary magazine Bungei Kurabu (文芸倶楽部) which, in this issue, opens with a novel by the writer Kawakami Bizan (川上眉山).

The print, produced by the Hakubunkan (博文館) publishing house, despite the right signs of aging, is in overall very good condition, thanks also to an effective relining carried out on the back with another sheet of Japanese washi paper (和紙).