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Monday 24 February 2020

Taki Katei's book of twelve woodbock prints, "Tansi Ippian", vol. 2, 1894

Taki Katei (瀧和亭)(1830– 1901)

Luparello (Orihon) bound book (i.e. the pages are folded vertically and attached an accordion/concertina  manner) of twelve double-spread woodcut pages (26 x 32.8 cm), “Tansei Ippan” (丹青弌斑(The Order of Colours), Book 2 (of 5 volumes), 1894, published by Yoshikawa Hanshichi (fl. 1891–1905) in Tokyo.

The Smithsonian Library through the website,, offers an online view of the first and second book in this set of five volumes:

Note that there is currently the exhibition, Drawing on Nature: Taki Katei's Japan” (04 Oct 2019—13 Apr 2020) at the World Museum (Liverpool):

Condition: strong early impressions (based on there being no sign of wear to the printing plates). The pages are in good condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, handling folds, abrasions, significant stains—but there are a few marks nevertheless—or foxing). The ends of the book need regluing but I would rather leave any restoration to a professional book binder familiar with early Japanese books.

I am selling this rare and exquisite volume of 12 double-spread lifetime woodblock prints by one of Japan’s most celebrated artists—at least the highest-paid painter in 1888 at the imperial palace (six years before the publication of these prints)—for the total price of AU$640 for the complete book (currently US$423.63/EUR390.17/GBP327.33 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this amazing book seldom seen on the market, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This book has been sold

(Note that there are more woodblock prints in this publication than those shown here)

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