Item from the Mokuhankan Flea Market

53 Stations of the Tokaido - Meiji-era hagaki

Size: 24.0cm by 18.0cm (9.45 in by 7.09 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ando Hiroshige

Era: Meiji | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 65,000$ 595.00£ 419.00€ 490.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This is one of the more rare items in our Flea Market - a full set of Hiroshige's famous Tokaido designs published in Meiji 39 (1906) by Fujisawa Mankado, in Kyoto.

This is identical to the set of 55 prints that was introduced and described by Dave in one of the David's Choice video presentations on YouTube, and then included in the Mokuhankan Collection online.

On the publisher Fujisawa Mankado's website, there are excellent photos of the woodblocks, which are believed to be from the period .... it is very rare to be able to match up old prints with their original blocks!

Each print (backed on card, ready for mailing, as if anybody would actually do that), is mounted together with a full explanation in Japanese of that location on the highway. The construction of the album is ‘accordion’ style, with the prints mounted on both sides of the pages.


Compared to the Mokuhankan Collection set shown in the video, this particular example is better preserved, in that the entire original album is present: each print (backed on card, ready for mailing, as if anybody would actually do that), is mounted together with a full explanation in Japanese of that location on the highway. The construction of the album is 'accordion' style, with the prints mounted on both sides of the pages.

Condition: the prints are toned with age (the album is 115 years old!), and a couple are slightly soiled. There is residual water damage on some of the album pages (see image below), but overall it is in good condition, with the binding being the original. You will need to handle it with care ...

Note that two of the original description cards were missing when we obtained this set; we have scanned and printed out 'replicas', using our own copy as a reference. All the prints themselves are present.

[Note: no dealer orders, please.]

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