- Museum number
- Object: (Ehon haikai) Yama no sachi (絵本俳諧)山幸 (Boon of the Mountains (an Illustrated Haikai Book))
Illustrated book. One volume in two parts. Flower designs with 'haiku' verses. Colour woodblock-printed.
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Height: 27.50 centimetres
Width: 19.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The softness and delicacy, to say nothing of the subjects and compositions, of these early-colour printed anthologies must have served as a model for the albums produced by Utamaro and his publisher Tsutaya Juzaburo in the later 1780s.(Label copy, TTC, 1998)
It was groups of 'haikai' ('haiku') poets who in 1765 commissioned the first full-colour single sheet prints from Harunobu. In the same year this exqisitely printed anthology of 'haiku' poetry appeared, with illustrations of plants and flowers, here convolvulus. (Label copy, TTC 1997)
Hillier and Smith 1980
An exceptional book of flower designs colour-printed with unusual subtlety and accompanied by calligraphic pages of 'haiku'.
Dawes, Leonard G, 'Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue of Japanese Illustrated Books', London, 1972, p. 121 (under title 'Kyoka Hana Dzukushi').
'Kokusho somokuroku', vol. 7, Tokyo, 1970-7, p. 814.
Sorimachi, Shigeo, 'Catalogue of Japanese Illustrated Books in the Spenser Collection of the New York Public Library', New York, 1968, no. 421.
- Not on display
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.112 (Hillier no.)