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Kinai kenbutsu, Yamato (Nara) no maki

Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964)

Japanese Illustrated Book with Color Woodblocks

Kinai kenbutsu, Yamato (Nara) no maki

[Scenes of the Inner Provinces,

Yamato (Nara), Volume 2]

woodblocks by Nakazawa Hiromitsu, 1911

Illustrated Account of the Sino-Japanese War, Volume 7


IHL Cat. #2034

Woodblock Print Illustrations in this Volume

(right to left as they appear in the book in the Japanese style)



inside rear cover
  
inside front cover
 
法草寺
Hōkke-ji
 
猿澤池畔
Near Sarusawa Pond
 
大和のまき
Yamato no maki
 
龍田の町
Tatsuta main street
 
西大寺より春日遠望
Saidai-ji temple
 
光寺金堂
Kikō-ji main temple
 
吉野入口
Yoshinoyama entrance
 
Oka-dera

Tachibana-dera 

雲井の櫻りよ藏王堂遠望
Kumoi cherry trees

  吉野
Yoshinoyama
 
吉野
Yoshinoyama
 
信貴
Shigisan stage

賀名生皇居趾
remains of Anō Kōkyo
 
吉野川
Yoshinogawa
    
Ikoma mountainside
 

About This Book

Volume two of the three volume set of "sketch tour" books titled Kinai kenbutsu (Scenes of the Inner Provinces), published by Kanao Tanejirō (1879-1947) (the publishing house Bunendō) in 1911 and 1912.1 Volume 1, subtitled Kyōto, and volume 2, subtitled Yamato (Nara), were issued in 1911 and the third volume, subtitled Ōsaka, in 1912. The three volumes contain 57 stitched-in woodblock prints, as well as woodblock printed covers, endpapers and slipcases, all but one of the woodblock designs by the Western-style artist Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964)2. While photogravure, and halftone and heliotype (collotype) reproductions of paintings and sketches by Hiromitsu, and a single heliotype of a painting by Asai Chū (1856-1907)3, far outnumber the woodblock prints, the quality of these reproductions varies and the true highlight of these volumes are the woodblock prints.4 

The three volumes of Kinai kenbutsu (right to left):
大阪之巻 (Ōsaka) , 大和の卷 (Yamato), 京都の巻 (Kyōto)

In commenting on Nakazawa's prints, Scott Johnson notes that Kano's involvement with this project brought forth a lighter palette from Hiromitsu lending his woodblock prints "a fresh luminous quality."5 The beauty of these prints is also due to the work of respected woodblock carver Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933) and woodblock printer Nishimura Kumakichi (1861?-1941?) who captured the essence of Nakazawa's designs.6

The text for volume two, (YamatoNara, was contributed by Nakazawa and three well-known poets, Takayasu Gekkō 高安月郊 (1869–1944), Susukida Kyūkin 薄田泣堇 (1877-1945) and Yosano Akiko 与謝野晶子 (1878-1942), who had previously published poetry with Kanao and who would go on to work with him on Shin'yaku Genji monogatari, her important translation of the Tale of Genji into modern colloquial Japanese in 1913.7  

As noted below, I only scanned selected pages to display on this page, focusing on the illustrations. To see the entire book, including all text, go to Freer|Sackler FSC-GR-780.910.1-6.

Reproductions of Paintings and Sketches in this Volume
The table of contents for this volume identifies the type of reproduction for almost all of the illustrations in the first section of this volume as one of the following four types:
木版 mokuhan - woodblock printing
原色版 genshokuban - this term is translated as both "tricolor printing" and "heliotype", a type of collotype print. 
色原版 - it is unclear what printing technology this term refers to
寫眞版 - photogravure process

I have indicated the type of reproduction identified for each of the illustrations below.

1 Kinai refers to the six ancient provinces surrounding the old capitals at Nara and Kyoto. The Kinai is viewed as the center of ancient Japan.
2 The slipcase is missing from this collection's volume.
3 In regards to Asai Chū's involvement with this work, Scott Johnson in his article  "Sketch-tour Books and Print of the Early Books Twentieth Century", appearing in Andon 37 , June 1991, implies that Asai created the oil paintings reproduced in these volumes specifically for the publication, but that his "sudden death in 1907 cut short further contributions."
4 The photogravures in this collection's book have faded considerably which may, in part, be a result of its being a second edition.
5 "Sketch-tour Books and Print of the Early Books Twentieth Century", appearing in Andon 37 , June 1991,
6 Igami and Nishimura produced the prints for the Nara and Kyōto volumes. 
7 See IHL Cat. #2219 Shin'yaku Genji Monogatari, gekan dai ni (New Translation of The Tale of Genji, last volume) for a brief bio of Yosano.

Selected Pages including all woodblock prints

Notes:

1. thumbnails are displayed right to left as they appear in the book in the Japanese style.

2. all illustrations are by Nakazawa except one by Asai Chū, which is so labelled below. 

covers
畿内見物 大和の卷
Kinai kenbutsu Yamato (Nara) no maki



猿澤の池
Sarusawa Pond
[原色版 heliotype]
 
大和のまき
Kinai kenbutsu Yamato no maki
[木版 woodblock printing]

 inside front cover
[木版 woodblock printing]


春日野
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
春日野
Kasugano
[色原版 heliotype]

猿澤池畔
Near Sarusawa Pond
[木版 woodblock printing]

 
東大寺狛犬
Tōdaiji komainu
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
(春日)大佛仁王門
(Kasuga) daibutsu niōmon
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
春日野の藤
Kasuga no fuji (Kasuga Wisteria)
[原色版]

 
春日境内
Kasuga shrine grounds
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
手向山寳庫
Tamukeyama treasury [hōko]
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
若草山
Mount Wakakusa
[寫眞版 photogravure]

 
社家町の趾
[原色版 heliotype]
 
春日 神樂殿
Kasuga kagura-den
[原色版 heliotype]

 春日
Kasuga
[原色版 heliotype]

 
白毫寺
Byakugōji
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
高圓山
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
須菩提
Subhuti
[寫眞版 photogravure]

 
笛堂
Yokobue-dō
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
海蘢王寺境内 
Kajū-ji?
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
街道
Ikoma kaidō
[寫眞版 photogravure]

 
光寺金堂
Kikō-ji main temple
[木版 woodblock printing]
 
光寺金堂
[原色版 heliotype]
 
法草寺
Hōkke-ji
[木版 woodblock printing]

 
Hōki-ji
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
唐招提
Tōshōdai-ji
[原色版 heliotype]
 
西大寺より春日遠望
distant view of Kasuga from Saidai-ji
[木版 woodblock printing]

 
龍田の町
Tatsuta main street
[木版 woodblock printing]
 
殿
Hōryū-ji yumedono
[原色版 heliotype]
 
新藥師寺
Shinyakushi-ji

般若寺の塔
Hannya-ji pagoda


Tachibana-dera
[木版 woodblock printing] 
 
壷坂
[原色版 heliotype]
 
當麻
Taima-dera
[原色版 heliotype]


[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
 
久米寺多寶塔
Kume-dera tahōtō
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
Oka-dera
[木版 woodblock printing]

 
長谷廻廊
Hase-dera kairō
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
武峯
Tōnomine
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
帶解地藏
[寫眞版 photogravure]


 
六田
Rokuden ferry
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
 Murō-ji pagoda
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
長谷
[原色版 heliotype]


 
吉野川入口 吉野入口
entrance to Yoshinogawa and Yoshinoyama
[type of reproduction not identified in table of contents]
 
吉野入口
Yoshinoyama entrance
[木版 woodblock printing]
 
芳野 / 浅井忠
Yoshino /Asai Chū
[原色版 heliotype]

 
吉野
Yoshinoyama
[木版 woodblock printing]
 
吉野
[type of reproduction not identified in table of contents]
 
吉野
Yoshinoyama
[木版 woodblock printing]

 
[type of reproduction not identified in table of contents]
 
[type of reproduction not identified in table of contents]
 
雲井の櫻りよ藏王堂遠望
Kumoi cherry trees
[木版 woodblock printing]

 
賀名生皇居趾
remains of Anō Kōkyo
[木版 woodblock printing]
 
吉野川
Yoshinogawa
[木版 woodblock printing]
 
蜻蛉が池
[寫眞版 photogravure]


 
Ikoma mountainside
[木版 woodblock printing]

天堂
Ikoma shōtendō
[寫眞版 photogravure]
 
信貴
Shigisan stage
[木版 woodblock printing]

 

 
朱の都 / 高安月郊 
Vermilion Capital / Takayasu Gekkō 
page 1



 
畿内見物 大和の卷
Kinai kenbutsu Yamato no maki
浅井忠 Asai Chū 
高安月郊 Takayasu Gekkō 
薄田泣堇 Susukida Kyūkin
与謝野晶子 Yosano Akiko 
中澤弘光 Nakazawa Hiromitsu

 
大和 / 謝野晶子 著
Yamato / Yosano Akiko
page 41
 
 




 
奈良の旅 / 中沢弘光 著
Trip to Nara / Nakazawa Hiromitsu
pages 112 and 113

西の京 / 薄田泣菫 著
Nishinokyō / Susukida Kyūkin
 page 55
 



 
List of illustrations (continued) and list of essays
pages 4 and 5

List of illustrations (continued) pages 2 and 3
 
 
畿内見物 大和の卷目次
繪畫
Kinai kenbutsu table of contents
list of illustrations
page 1

 
colophon
明治四十四年二月一日印刷
明治四十四年二月五日發行
明治四十四年九月一日
[February 1, 1911 printed]
[February 5, 1911 issued]
[September 1, 1911 2nd edition]

圓 [price 2 yen]

權所有 [copyright reserved] 

者 金尾種次郎
[publisher and editor: Kanao Tanejirō]

印刷者 中村彌三郎
[printer: Nakamura Yasaburō

印刷所 生舍
[printing place: Sanseisha]

發兌元 金尾文淵堂
[publishing house: Kanao Bun'endō]
 
production credits
木版 [woodblock carving]
伊上凡骨 [Igami Bonkatsu]

印刷 [printing]
西村熊吉 [Nishimura Kumakichi]

版 [collotype]
藏 [Nokano Yonezō]

原色版 [heliotype]
大江太 [Ōe Futoshi]

寫眞版 [photogravure]
大江太 [Ōe Futoshi]

版 [movable type]
[三生舍 Sanseisha]

表紙印刷 [cover printing]
[五彩閣 unread]

製本 [book binding]
植木瀧藏 [Ueki? Takizō]
 
目次
End of table of contents
pages 6 and 7




inside rear cover


Book Details

 IHL Catalog  #2034
 Title/Description  Scenes of the Inner Provinces, Yamato (Nara) Volume 
 Kinai kenbutsu Yamato (Nara) no maki  畿内見物 大和の卷
 Artist / Author
 Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964) and Asai Chū (1856-1907) / Takayasu Gekkō 高安月郊 (1869–1944), Susukida Kyūkin 薄田泣 (1877-1945), Yosano Akio 与謝, 野晶子 (1878-1942) and Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964)
 Signature 
 no artist signature
 Seal
弘 Hiro seal appears on almost all woodblock illustrations and many of the sketch and painting reproductions
 Publication Date  February 1, 1911 明治四十四年二月一日 印刷
February 5, 1911 明治四十四年二月五日 發行
September 1, 1911 明治四十四年九月一日 再版 (second edition)
 Edition  first
 Publisher  發行者 金尾種次郎 publisher Kanao Tanejirō
 
發兌元 金尾文淵堂 publishing house Kanao Bun'endō
 Woodblock printing  Nishimura Kumakichi 西村熊吉
 Woodblock carving  Maeda Gōji 前田剛二 and Hasegawa Katsura 長谷川香木
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - toning of woodblock prints mainly noticeable in margins; binding loose but largely in tact
 Miscellaneous  pages are gilt-edged; book is bound in the Western style; woodblock printed paper over board cover
 Genre  shasei kikō (sketch-tour); illustrated book zuroku 図録
 Format  
 H x W Paper  8 7/8 × 5 7/8 in. (22.2 x 14.9 cm)
 Collections This Book  National Diet Library 765548 Call No. 330-327 (second volume)Freer|Sackler FSC-GR-780.910.1-6; Rijksmuseum RP-P-2005-584A; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto M00778
 Reference Literature  "Sketch-tour Books and Print of the Early Books Twentieth Century" by Scott Johnson, appearing in Andon 37 , June 1991. 
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12/20/2019 created
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