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Ehon Edo suzume 絵本江戸爵 (The Sparrows of Edo, a Picture Book)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1929,0731,0.11.1

  • Title (object)

    • Ehon Edo suzume 絵本江戸爵 (The Sparrows of Edo, a Picture Book)
  • Description

    Illustrated book, woodblock print. Vol. 1 from a set of three volumes. Covers: Original, buff-coloured, printed with scattered brown 'ginkgo' leaves. Title slips: Original, printed with "Ehon Edo suzume, jo, chu, ge" in 'shin, gyo, so' scripts, pasted in top left corner of covers. Contents: (vol. 1) 9 leaves: colour-printed wrapper pasted inside the cover; 3 single pages of preface, 7 double-page illustrations, 1 single-page illustration; (vol. 2) 8 leaves: 1 single-page illustration, 7 double-page illustrations, 1 single-page illustration; (vol. 3) 7 leaves: 1 single-page illustration, 6 double-page illustrations, 1 blank single page, advertisement and publisher's colophon pasted inside back cover. With poems. Inscribed, signed and sealed.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1786 (New Year)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21.2 centimetres
    • Width: 15.8 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, title slip in top left corner of cover
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        絵本江戸爵 上
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ehon Edo suzume: jo
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture Book: Edo Sparrow: Vol. 1
      • Inscription Type

        signature and date
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, preface
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        天明六のとし丙午はつ春
        朱楽館主人誌
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tenmei roku no toshi hinoe-uma hatsu-haru
        Akera Kan shujin shi [su]
      • Inscription Translation

        Beginning of spring, 1786
        Akera Kan shujin shi [su]
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, preface
      • Inscription Content

        「朱楽」「漢江」
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Akera, Kanko
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, New Year at Yoshiwara
      • Inscription Content

        手柄岡持
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tegara no Okamochi
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, title slip in top left corner of cover
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        絵本江戸爵 中
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ehon Edo suzume: chu
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture Book: Edo Sparrow: Vol. 2
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, colour-printed wrapper inside the front cover
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        絵本江戸爵
        全部三冊
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ehon Edo suzume
        Zenbu sansatsu
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture Book: Edo Sparrow
        Total Three Volumes
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, customers returning home at San'ya-bori in the early morning
      • Inscription Content

        石亀寿純人
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ishigame Judonjin
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, customers returning home at San'ya-bori in the early morning
      • Inscription Content

        紀躬鹿
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ki no Mijika
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, Ushijima in autumn
      • Inscription Content

        あらかねの足引
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Arakane no Ashibiki
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, Ushijima in autumn
      • Inscription Content

        富家来富有
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Fukerai Fuyu
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, New Year at Yoshiwara
      • Inscription Content

        園村竹
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sono no Muratake
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, gathering shells at low tide at Susaki
      • Inscription Content

        紀定麿
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ki no Sadamaro
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, gathering shells at low tide at Susaki
      • Inscription Content

        夕雰籬
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yugiri Magaki
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, spring shower at Yanagibashi
      • Inscription Content

        武士八十氏
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Monono Yasouji
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, spring shower at Yanagibashi
      • Inscription Content

        坂下年寄
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sakashita Toshiyori
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, iris at Mimeguri Shrine
      • Inscription Content

        柿下手丸
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kakishita Temaru
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, iris at Mimeguri Shrine
      • Inscription Content

        野老髭面
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yaro Higezura
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, restaurant at Mukojima
      • Inscription Content

        信濃膳椀高盛
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shinano Zenwan Takamori
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, preface
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        絵本江戸爵序
        王維山水ハ風景毫末より動き 崔白翎毛ハ翺翔紙上にいちじるし こゝに都多唐丸江都の名勝を図せめして これに好士の狂詠を乞ふ あゝ春服すでになるといへども いさゝか済勝具を労せず心ハ所々に推参するにたれり まことに図中風格をミるに歌人居ながら名所をしる事 絵具のさらにうたがひなし されバ御江戸の四里四方を羽箒の埃飛歩行といへども焼筆のすミずミ沓の跡残らずして しばし昼寐の枕とせしひぢハ 目睫のさきさきまで至てくはしくかけめぐれる 巴瓦に巣をくひたるは げに江戸爵と題するはや
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Oi ga sansui wa fukei gomatsu yori ugoki, sai-haku ga reimo wa kosho shijo ni ichijirushi, koko ni Tsuta no Karamaru Koto no meisho o zu semeshite, kore ni kozu no kyoei o kou, aa shumpuku sude ni naru to iedomo, isasaka saisho no gu o ro sezu, kokoro wa shosho ni suisan sum ni tareri, makoto ni zuchu fukaku o miru ni, kajin inagara meisho o shiru koto, enogu no sara ni utagai nashi, sareba o-Edo no yori yoho o ha-habaki no hokori tobi aruki to iedomo, yakifude no sumizumi, kutsu no ato nokorazu shite, shibashi hirune no makura to seshi hiji wa, mat-suge no saki-saki made itatte, kuwashiku kake-megureru, Tomoe-gawara ni su o kuitaru wa, ge ni Edo suzume to dai suru haya
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, restaurant at Mukojima
      • Inscription Content

        今田部屋住
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Imada Heyazumi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, New Year gifts at Sakai-cho
      • Inscription Content

        紀炭堅
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ki no Sumikata
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, the "Crawling Dragon" Plum Tree (Garyubai) at Katsushika
      • Inscription Content

        赤松日出成
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Akamatsu Hidenari
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 1, kyoka, the "Crawling Dragon" Plum Tree (Garyubai) at Katsushika
      • Inscription Content

        豊年雪麿
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Honen Yukimaro
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, Seven Spring Herbs at Yoshi-cho
      • Inscription Content

        遍阿方岳
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Henna Hogaku
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, noodle-stall at Ryogoku Bridge
      • Inscription Content

        手杵兼勝
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tekine Kanekatsu
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, mosquito fumigation at a concubine's house
      • Inscription Content

        浅川和足
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Asakawa Watari
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, mosquito fumigation at a concubine's house
      • Inscription Content

        倉部行澄
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kurabe Yukizumi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, sushi-seller at Tori-cho
      • Inscription Content

        白川与布祢
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shirakawa Yofune
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, sushi-seller at Tori-cho
      • Inscription Content

        菊賀三昧
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kikuga Zanmai
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, party in a covered boat
      • Inscription Content

        鶴羽重
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tsurunoha Kasane
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, party in a covered boat
      • Inscription Content

        飲口波志留
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Nomikuchi Hashiru
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, catching fireflies at Dokan-yama
      • Inscription Content

        碇友鋼
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ikari Tomozuna
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, catching fireflies at Dokan-yama
      • Inscription Content

        蘿保曾進
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tsuta no Hosomichi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, sumo wrestling bout
      • Inscription Content

        宿屋飯盛
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yadoya no Meshimori
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 2, kyoka, sumo wrestling bout
      • Inscription Content

        赤土寿辺留
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Akatsuchi Suberu
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, title slip in top left corner of cover
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        絵本江戸爵 下
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ehon Edo suzume: ge
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture Book: Edo Sparrow: Vol. 3
      • Inscription Comment

        Pasted.
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, chrysanthemums at Sugamo
      • Inscription Content

        医者小路七影
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Isha no Koji Nanakage
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, Shinobazu Pond in winter
      • Inscription Content

        梁仲墨
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hari no Nakazumi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, tea-house at Asakusa during the Year End fair
      • Inscription Content

        貫出綿麿
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Nukide Watamaru
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, tea-house at Asakusa during the Year End fair
      • Inscription Content

        数奇原飲吉
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sukihara Nomikichi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, returning from the Tori-no-ichi fair
      • Inscription Content

        紀炭堅
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ki no Sumikata
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, returning from the Tori-no-ichi fair
      • Inscription Content

        酒呑親父
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sakenomi Oyaji
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, Geisha House at Tachibana-cho
      • Inscription Content

        紀炭堅
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ki no Sumikata
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, Geisha House at Tachibana-cho
      • Inscription Content

        子子孫彦
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shishi Magohiko
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, old couple on their way to a commemoration for dead ancestors
      • Inscription Content

        小川町住
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ogawa Machizumi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, old couple on their way to a commemoration for dead ancestors
      • Inscription Content

        高利刈主
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kori Karinushi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, entrance to the highway at Naito Shinjuku in the snow
      • Inscription Content

        Sakamichi Dekoboko
      • Inscription Transliteration

        坂道凸凹
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, Kiba in winter
      • Inscription Content

        久留間長持
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kuruma Nagamochi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, kyoka, Kiba in winter
      • Inscription Content

        呉竹菴主
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kuretake Anju
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        vol. 3, inside back cover
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Comment

        Advertisement and publisher's colophon, Koshodo Tsutaya Juzaburo.
  • Curator's comments

    Asano and Clark 1995

    The illustrations by Utamaro show famous places in the city of Edo and its environs (with the exception of "Mosquito fumigation at a concubine's house" and "Sumo wrestling bout"), with ‘kyoka’ poems inscribed above. The preface includes a reference to "Tsutata no Karamaru asking [him] to draw pictures of famous places in Edo", indicating that it was Tsutaya Juzaburo (alias Tsuta no Karamaru) who planned the project. Having obtained preparatory drawings from Utamaro, he then seems to have requested ‘kyoka’ poems to suit these, and indeed the pictures and the poems match particularly well. So Tsutaya Juzaburo should be regarded as the actual compiler of the book. Though most of the pictures show the customs at various famous places, landscapes and bird and flower compositions are also mixed in with these. The passing of the seasons is not rigidly observed, but the first volume is mainly devoted to spring and summer scenes, the second volume to summer and autumn, and the third volume to winter. The name of the artist does not appear in the volume. However, an advertisement for Tsutaya's publications pasted inside the back cover of numerous of his books at this time, the "Catalogue of Illustrated Books Stocked by Koshodo" (Koshodo zohan ehon mokuroku), includes the item "Ehon Edo suzume — drawn by Kitagawa Utamaro" (Ehon Edo suzume, Kitagawa Utamaro ga). Moreover, the style leaves no doubt that the book is by him. Inside the front cover of the copy of the book in the collection of the British Museum has been pasted the original colour-printed wrapper (see colour plates). There is a later reprinting of this title in which all the dates have been carved out. Also, in 1797 an edition was published by the Osaka firms of Akashiya Ihachi and Izumiya Genshichi who had acquired the blocks. Concerning these later editions, see Otaka 1928 and Suzuki 1979.

    Literature:
    ‘Nikon fuzoku zue 日本風俗図絵’, Kurokawa, Mamichi ed., vol. 12, Nihon fuzoku zue kanko-kai, 1915.
    Otaka, Sennosuke 尾高鮮之助, "Utamaro no kibyoshi ko, 1-3 歌麿の黄表紙考(一)~(三)", ‘Mizue みづゑ’, pp. 275-277, 1928, 6-8.
    Ryerson, 1931, 219-220.
    ‘Kokusho somokuroku 国書総目録’, vol. 1, Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo, 1963-72, 490.
    Suzuki, Juzo 鈴木重三, ‘Kinsei Nihon fuzoku ehon shusei: Ehon Edo suzume 近世日本風俗絵本集成・絵本江戸爵’, Rinsen Shoten, Tokyo, 1979.
    Hillier, Jack, ‘The Art of the Japanese Book’, Sotheby's Publications, London, 1987, 408.

    Other copies:
    The Art Institute of Chicago.
    Kagawa University 香川大学.
    National Diet Library 国立国会図書館.
    The New York Public Library.
    Ota Memorial Museum of Art 太田記念美術館, Tokyo.
    Toyo Bunko 東洋文庫, Tokyo.
    Tokyo Municipal Central Library 東京都立中央図書館.
    Tokyo National Museum 東京国立博物館.
    Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music 東京藝術大学.

    [Main text translated in Japanese below / 以下上記本文日本語訳]

    浅野/クラーク 1995

    江戸市中並びに江戸近郊の名所を描いた歌麿の絵(「妾宅の蚊遣」や「相撲」のような例外もある)の上部に狂歌を記したもの。序文に「都多唐丸江都の名勝を図せしめて」とあるとおり、蔦唐丸こと蔦屋重三郎が企画し、歌麿の版下絵を得た後、狂歌を依頼したとみえ、絵と狂歌はよく一致している。実質の編集は蔦屋重三郎と考えるべきであろう。名所風俗画が中心であるが、風景画・花鳥画も混じる。上巻は春・夏、中巻は夏・秋、下巻は冬の情景となっているが、四季の推移は必ずしも厳密ではない。絵師の書名はないが、寛政はじめの蔦屋の出版物の巻末広告である、「耕書堂蔵板絵本目録」に、「絵本江戸爵 喜多川歌麿画 三冊」とあること及び画風より歌麿画であることは疑う余地がない。大英博物館蔵品の上巻見返しには、本書の包紙(彩色摺)が貼付されている(カラー図版参照)。

    本書には年記部分が削除された後摺本がある。また、寛政9年に、大坂の明石屋伊八並びに和泉屋源七から求版本が刊行されているが、これらについては参考文献の尾高氏及び鈴木氏の論考に譲る。

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  • Bibliography

    • Asano & Clark 1995 459 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2015 July-October, London, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1929

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1929,0731,0.11.1

  • Additional IDs

    • JIB.136
Illustrated book; woodblock. 3 vols, with chitsu.  Book Covers

Illustrated book; woodblock. 3 vols, with chitsu. Book Covers

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