Kunichika - 1888 - different states

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Posted by Daan ( on February 02, 2015 at 00:42:46:

I have some questions regarding this print of Kunichika from 1888/1.

First of all, I didn't succeed in translating all the inscriptions. Additions and corrections would be greatly appreciated:

Title print: The courtisane Komidori at the teahouse Harumoto (?) located at the Tamachi district of Akasaka (赤坂田町春本内小緑)
Title series: Snow Moon Flowers in a Landscape at Mukojima (雪月花向島の景)
Carver’s seal: ? (彫工源)
Publisher: ?
Full address publisher: ?

Furthermore, I presume this print was once part of a triptych as the series is entitled ‘Snow Moon Flowers’? I wasn’t able to identify the other two prints though (i.e. Moon & Flowers).

Lastly, the Tokyo Metropolitan Library has another version of this print with more details in the cartouche of the publisher’s address at the bottom. The colour scheme is also slightly different (the fan-shaped cartouche at top right, the background, the hair slide,…).

Can someone explain to me what these printing differences indicate in the case of a Kunichika?

(Link to the other version at the TML: http://archive.library.metro.tokyo.jp/da/detail?tilcod=0000000003-00009281)

Many thanks!


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