Japanese Antiquarian Books and Arts
- Nara Ehon -
offered by RINSEN BOOK CO.
Richly hand-coloured books with 20 full-page illustrations including 5 double-page illusrations. Height 28.2 cm., width 22.4 cm.; dark blue cover decorated with gold paint depicting clouds and trees; flyleaf gilt with cloisonne pattern; vermillion title slip; papers elaborately ornamented with gold.
Yoroi gae, literally means "change of the armour", is a story of a widow and her daughter who were suffered by late husband's retainer but at last were saved by Kannon.
Honcho Koshi Den (Japanese Legends of Filial Children)
Manuscript books with 35 full-page illustrations illuminated with gold foil and pigments; blue-green brocade with pattern of dragons and clouds; title strip with golden cloud pattern.
74 stories of famous filial sons and daughters from royalty to common people written by a Confucian scholar Ransai Fujii (1618-1709).
Handcolored illustrated books; deep blue covers ornamented with gold; flyleaf with gold foils; title slips in different colors; torinoko papers; paulownia wooden box.
Bunsho, also known as "Bunsho-zoshi" or "Shioyaki Bunsho (Bunsho the saltmaker)", is a success story of a man who served for the grand priest of Kashima Shrine in Hitachi (present Ibaraki prefecture).
Hitomotokiku [Nara ehon]
Oblong hand-colored books; height 16.9 cm., width 24.8 cm.; dark blue covers ornamented with gold, flyleaf with gold foil; vermilion title slips. Total 15 illustrations.
Settai (Senju gozen) [Nara ehon]
Oblong illustrated book with 7 full-page illustrations. Height 16.2 cm., width 23.5 cm.
Story of a woman called Senju, who was driven away from home by her mother-in-law, died on journey at an inn in Tsuruga (Fukui). In the end she revived and had a happy reunion with her husband and her father. The title gSettaih is derived from gsettai yadoh, the inns providing support to pilgrims.
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