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Hishikawa Moronobu (ca. 1618-1694), illustrator
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JOHN R. GAINES
Hishikawa Moronobu (ca. 1618-1694), illustrator

Iwaki ezukushi (Illustrated collection of rocks and trees), 1683

Details
Hishikawa Moronobu (ca. 1618-1694), illustrator
Iwaki ezukushi (Illustrated collection of rocks and trees), 1683
3 vol. illustrated book; sumizuri-e woodcut; beige paper covers patterned in black with dragon medallions on a ground of thunderbolt fretwork with buff title slips printed in black as above and marked respectively, jo, chu and ge and stamped with red collector's seal Anri Beberu (Henri Vever); sewn

Contents: Vol. I, 9½ leaves: single-page preface unsigned, undated; 9 double-page black and white illustrations; Vol. II, 10 leaves: 10 double-page black and white illustrations; Vol. III, 11½ leaves: 11 double-page black and white illustrations; single-page postscript/colophon dated Tenna 3 (1683) and with name of artist Bushu Gojo no Kagu Yamato eshi Hishikawa Kichibei Moronobu (Japanese painter Hishikawa Kichibei Moronobu of Gojo no Kagu, Musashi Province) and with publisher's name Urokogataya of Odenmacho, sanchome [Edo]
10 3/8 x 7 3/8in. (26.9 x 18.6cm.) (3)
Provenance
John R. Gaines

Henri Vever, sold Sotheby's London, Highly Important Japanese Prints, Illustrated Books and Drawings, from the Henri Vever Collection: Part I, exh. cat., 26 March 1974, lot 2

Lot Essay

PUBLISHED:
Jack Hillier, Japanese Prints & Drawings from the Vever Collection, vol. I (London: Sotheby Parke Bernet and Rizzoli International, 1976), no. 5.

John Gaines was a breeder and owner of thoroughbred horses from Lexington, Kentucky, and an avid and discerning collector of fine old-master prints in the 1960s. In the 1970s his interest expanded to include ukiyo-e; that collection was sold at Sotheby Park Bernet in May 1979.
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