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Kichizo Tokaido (set of 54)

Size: 9.0cm by 14.0cm (3.54 in by 5.51 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [M] ?

Designer: Ando Hiroshige

Era: Taisho | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 38,000$ 299.00£ 255.00€ 300.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: The Hoeido edition is the most well-known of Hiroshige's many versions of "The 53 Stations of the Tokaido", but today we have here one of the others. This is a reproduction set based on an original set produced between 1847 and 1852 by the publisher Tsutaya Kichizo.

The scenes are of course the same 55 stations, but the designs are completely different. The originals were in a medium size, and the Taisho-era publisher shrank them down to Nagaki (postcard dimension) for their version, made up of 54 prints. (Because they made the prints in pairs, they needed an even number of prints, so combined Kanaya and Shimada Stations into one). They then pasted the finished prints onto stiff card, so that their customers at the time could use them as actual postcards in the mail.

Please study the enlargements to see the small but detailed and beautifully finished world. This page is limited in space, but you can see all of the designs (the originals) at this amazing archive website. The site allows you to compare various versions of each Tokaido station - here is Nihonbashi page for example.

This is a loose set of prints; we have none of the original packagings. The displayed dimension is the size of each print.

These prints are nearly 100 years old and they are toned but in good condition for their age.

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