Yoshitoshi's Women (The Series 32 Aspects of Women, Fuzuko sanjuniso)
John Stevenson, Universtiy of Washington, 96 pages, 56 color illustrations, 1 b&w illustration, hard cover with pictorial boards, 8.75" x 11.5", glossary, bibliography, English text. Out of Print. FIRST EDITION. Very good condition with light bumping to spine ends, previous owners name on FEP, otherwise clean and tight, with square binding. Nice example of a now rare book.
This book is the single complete resource for Yoshitoshi's masterpiece bijin-ga series Fuzuko sanjuniso otherwise knowns as "Thirty-two Aspects of Women." Famed painter and woodblock print designer Taiso Yoshitoshi 1839-1892 is best known for his unsurpassed renderings of designs for woodblock prints depicting Japan's historical figures, bloody, violent images and battles scenes, and portraits of women. This book covers the series Thirty-two aspects of Women, first issued in 1888. The series followed a traditional format, a lighthearted comparison of women with the 32 identifying features of the Buddha. Each print is explored with a full page commentary on a facing page to a full page reproduction of the print from a fine first edition set. An excellent reference for any collector or student of Yoshitoshi.