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This is a complete, six volume collection of Japanese books from the series Illustrations of the Famous Places on the Tôkaidô (Road) (東海道名所圖會, Tōkaidō meisho zue) written in 1797 by Akisato Ritô (秋里籬島). They were printed in black ink on washi paper using woodblock printing, and bound with a fukuro-toji style.
These books all feature spectacularly detailed woodblock printed artwork, including landscape scenes, battles, and more!
The word "Tokaido" refers to a famous road connecting Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo), and many books were written about travelling this road starting in the late 1700's. "Meisho zue" were a type of book that described famous places (and showed them, using woodblock prints) during the second half of the Edo Period in the 18th and 19th centuries. Originally only for noble elites that could read classical Chinese script (Kanji), Meisho books gained increasing popularity with the lower classes during the late Edo Period as literacy rates improved.
A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies these books.
These books exhibit moderate wear, but they're in great condition considering their age. Some pages are slightly torn and there is minor worming present, as well as missing and repaired portions on the outside covers. Two books have handwritten additions, in the form of both loose leaf and pasted in notes. One book has a portion of the binding missing as well, but all can still be (delicately) flipped through without damaging them.
Japanese books are read right to left (instead of left to right) and are bound on the right side, contrary to those in Western languages. The pages may be double layered, and care must be taken to ensure that they do not separate when flipping through.
Keep these books pristine: they MUST be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and out of reach of bugs! An acid free archival storage box is provided with this set.