Posted by Plasmo (18.104.22.168) on September 21, 2018 at 21:31:38:
In Reply to: Unknown artist posted by Martin Sandelin on September 21, 2018 at 20:34:39:
Your picture shows a cover of the book series Shaka hass˘ yamato bunko 釈迦八相倭文庫 (volume 12). It was usually sold bundled together with other volumes of the series.
For example, volume 12 is included in book 5 in this edition: http://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/he13/he13_03836/
The author is Mantei ďga 万亭応賀 (1819-1890) and the artist responsible for the pictures in volume 12 is Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (1786-1865), here signing as Ichiy˘sai Toyokuni 一陽斎豊国. Some of the later volumes were done by other artists including Utagawa Kunisada II 歌川国貞 (1823-1880) and Kawanabe Ky˘sai 河鍋暁斎 (1831-1889).
The series consisted of 58 books total, holding 232 volumes, released between 1845-1871 by the publisher Kinjűd˘ 錦重堂 situated in Edo (modern day Tokyo).
The series was reprinted numerous times, sometimes with less ambitious cover illustrations.
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