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Tuesday 26 October 2021

Utagawa Kunisada’s woodblock volume from “Nise Murasaki inaka Genj”, c1829

Utagawa Kunisada (aka Utagawa Toyokuni III [三代目歌川豊国]) (1786–1865)

“Nise Murasaki inaka Genj”, c1829, a volume/chapter of woodblock prints from a sequence of 38 volumes to Ryūtei Tanehiko’s (aka Ryuutei Tanehiko [柳亭種彦]) (1783–1842) gōkan ehon (a picture-book of bound volumes), “Nise Murasaki inaka Genj” (aka “A Fraudulent Murasaki’s Rustic Genji”; “A Country Genji by a Fake/an Imitation Murasaki”), published by Senkakudō between 1829 and 1842; see the description of this publication offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and  Wikipedia:;

The series of volumes (of which this sequence of woodblocks is a part) is an interpretation of the early 11th century classic text by Murasaki Shikibu, "The Tale of Genji”—arguably the world’s first novel.

Woodblock printed pages laid upon a support sheet in sequence from upper–right to lower-left.

Size: (support sheet) 99.8 x 60.2 cm; (individual sheets) 17.6 x 23 cm.

Condition: the sheets are age-toned with wormholes and show significant signs of handling.

I am selling this rare (possibly unique) volume of woodblock printed pages fully laid out so that the sequence of images may be viewed as a composite whole, for AU$330 in total (currently US$248.34/EUR213.95/GBP180.24 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries. Note that this large sheet will be rolled in a tube for shipping.

If you are interested in purchasing this amazing composite sheet of woodblock prints from the same volume, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

(Images digitally abutted)

(Images digitally abutted)

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