Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

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Koi, carp ( Cyprinus carpio ), swimming amongst reeds. Poem by Makuzu. From the second series of ten fish prints published by Yamasho, c 1840-42. The first series was issued privately for a poetry group ( probably the Shingyoku Cicle ) with judges’ names and extra poems. These prints are of the utmost rarity as probably only enough for the Cirle were made and they never come onto the market. Due to their popularity this second set was commissioned.This is the very rare first edition with the reeds printed. Block defect showing but with gradation still on belly. One of the finest designs from the two series. Very rare. Kruml 12a/b.

Fine impression. Very slight fading and thinning, oltherwise very good condition. Full size and without centre fold ( in itself rare as they invariably have them ). Signed Hiroshige hitsu.

Status: Sold

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