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Fish from the book Bairei Gakan

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 


from the book Bairei Gakan

by Kōno Bairei, originally 1903

(this print likely 1982 reprint)

IHL Cat. #41

About This Print

This print was likely published in 1982 by Unsōdō Publishing as part of their seven volume reissue of the artist's collection of prints titled Bairei Gakan, originally published as early as 1903For further details see the section titled Bairei Gakan under the artist listing.

I have recently seen the below edition of Bairei Gaikan advertised for sale on e-bay which contains the same fish design as my print, pictured above.  The size of the below volume of Bairei Gaikan is given as 26.5 x 20.9 cm. (10.4 x 8.2 in.) which allows each print to lie flat resulting in no center fold in the print as would be required by earlier editions issued with a size of approximately 22 x 13.5 cm.   The version shown below might well be the 1982 Unsōdō re-issue of Bairei Gaikan.

 A volume of Barei Gaikan as shown in an e-bay listing  The overall size of this volume is given as approximately
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.
 The identical fish image as my print from the volume pictured on the left.  Note the artist's red oblong seal appears in a different position than on my print.

From the 1913 Unsōdō re-issue of Bairei Gaikan.
Note center fold in print.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #41
 Title/Description  Drawing of a fish. (originally appearing in the book Bairei gakan 楳嶺画鑑)
 Kōno Bairei (1844-1895)
楳嶺 artist's red oval Bairei seal
 Publication Date  originally 1903 (see Edition below).
 Edition  likely a print in Unsodo's 1982 re-release of their 1913 release of Bairei gakan 
 Publisher  likely Unsōd Kyōto-shi for this edition.
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  Kacho-ga
 H x W Paper  8 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. (21.3 x 27.3 cm)
 H x W Image
 7 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (18.7 x 23.8 cm)
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