31cm x 23cm. xvi, 156 pages, 99 plates, 2 volumes, illustrations, some colour. Stab binding, cloth folder.
2 volume presentation on the works of Japanese Edo era ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). The first volume contains an essay, biography, and commentary on the plates by Yone Noguchi. The second volume comprises 99 plates, some in colour, many foldout. 2,200 copies of this edition were produced, with 300 available for sale, to commemorate the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of the Empire of Japan.
Volume 1 is in Very Good Condition, minor handling wear and marks. Creasing the frontispiece tissue guard. Volume 2 is in Good Condition, minor handling wear, a few grubby fingers marks, and a small line of dampstaining along the fore-edge of the final 12 plates. Crease to the fore-edge of foldout plate 88, affecting the margin only. Folder is in Good Condition, the joints are a little worn and starting at the corners. Rubbing to the silver lettering on the upper panel. The thread for the upper clasp has split. Minor to moderate marks to the exterior of the folder. Minor dampstaining, very minor soiling, and a small amount of worming to the illustrated papers lining the interior of the folder. Good Condition.