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Okunikkō from the portfolio Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū, Volume 1

Mabuchi Tōru (1920-1994)

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print


from the portfolio Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū, Volume 1

by Maeda Masao, 1980 (orig. 1959/1960)

Boar from Takeuchi Seihō's Album of the Twelve Calendrical Animals

IHL Cat. #2065

About This Print

Possibly a view of the mountains adjoining Mt. Shirani in Nikkō National Park. This collection's print is a later edition from the 1980 edition of Hanga Kanshōkai Sakuhin-shū, volume 1, a portfolio of small works by the Woodblock Print Appreciation Society. (See details below on this portfolio.)

An earlier impression, dated c. 1960-1970 by the Honolulu Museum of Art
using the same blocks, of this collection's print
image source: Honolulu Museum of Art 32148

Source: website of japan-guide.com https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3818.html
Okunikko (奥日光, Okunikkō, "Inner Nikko") is the mountainous region of Nikko that lies at a higher elevation, deeper into the mountains west of Nikko's city center. Part of Nikko National Park, Okunikko offers beautiful natural scenery, including waterfalls, lakes, marshlands, streams and hot springs.

Okunikko has long been a popular destination for escaping the heat of summer. Beautiful hiking trails attract outdoor lovers from spring to autumn, while winter scenery can be enjoyed during the rest of the year. The region also offers some of the most spectacular autumn colors near Tokyo during the month of October.

Hanga Kanshōkai Sakuhin-shū 
(Collection of Works by the Woodblock Print Appreciation Society)

From what I can deduce from available information, this two volume portfolio consisting of twenty-four small format prints by fifteen artists was published by the Yokohama publisher Chikuhōdō [竹芳洞 or 竹芳堂], under the name Hanga kanshōkai (Woodblock Print Appreciation Society), in 1959 or 1960 and re-issued at least once in 1980 in an edition of 200.*  The two-volume portfolio was originally issued in a limited edition of 700 copies for volume 1 and 500 copies for volume 2.  Each print was tipped-in to a mat measuring 14 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (36.8 x 28.3 cm).  The prints along with a table of contents were placed in a brown paper envelope, as shown below. It appears that some of the prints in the two portfolios were re-issues of earlier designs.

Note that prints from the portfolios are still sold individually by Chikuhōdō on their website http://chikuhoudou.com/showa_ca2.html.

* the portfolios shown or referenced on line are variously dated 1958 by Saru Gallery, c. 1960 by Scholten Japanese Art, 昭和50年頃(c. 1975) by Yamada-Shoten and  昭和55 (1980) by the Japanese Association of Antique Book Dealers Natsume Books and the Aomori Museum. 

Prints included in Volume 1:

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1. Onsen by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
2. Shirasagi Castle by Hashimoto Okiie (1899-1993)
3. Autumn leaves by Mizufune Rokushu (1912-1980)
4. Nasu in spring by Mabuchi Toru (1920-1994)
5. Child of the flowers by Takei Takeo (1894-1983)
6. Oku-nikko by Maeda Masao (1904-1974)
7. Suichuka-Artificial flower in the water by Seimiya Hitoshi (1886-1969)
8. Yamagata Daikoku Dance by Miyao Shigeo (1902-1983)
9. Toys by Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973)
10. Pigeon in Florence by Sekino Junichiro (1914-1988)
11. Red face by Azechi Umetaro (1902-1999) 
12. Kitten by Inagaki Tomoo (1902-1980)

Prints included in Volume 2:

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1. Photography Studio (18.7 x 14 cm), by Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972)
2. Crystal (17.7 x 13.4 cm), by Maeda Masao (1904-1974)
3. Autumn at Lake Haruno (13.3 x 15.2 cm), by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
4. Castle in Autumn (Matsue Castle) (17.5 x 12.7 cm), by Hashimoto Okie (1899-1993)
5. Somon (22.6 x 14.2 cm), by Yamaguchi Gen (1896-1976)
6. Stone Fish (21.8 x 14.7 cm), by Mizufune Rokushu (1912-1980)
7. Interior Still Life (21.2 x 13.1 cm), by Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965)
8. Haniwa (19 x 14.3 cm), by Mabuchi Toru (1920-1994)
9. Flower and Bird (12.6 x 17.2 cm), by Takei Takeo (1894-1983)
10. Poppies (14.2 x 17.7 cm), by Inagaki Tomoo (1902-1980)
11. The Observing Eye (23.8 x 18.2 cm), by Azechi Umetaro (1902-1999)
12. Moulin de la Galette, Paris (22.6 x 14.7 cm), by Sekino Jun'ichiro (1914-1988)

portfolio covers for volumes 1 and 2 original edition

index for volume 2 original edition

Portfolio covers for 1980 edition
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2065
Okunikkō 奥日光
label on verso reading
前田政雄 「奥日光」
Maeda Masao "Okunikkō"
 Series Hanga Kanshōkai Sakuhin-shū 版画鑑賞会作品集
 Collection of Works by the Woodblock Print Appreciation Society
 Maeda Masao (1904-1974)
政 Masa
 Publication Date 1960/1961(originally 1959/1960)
 Edition unnumbered edition of 200
 Publisher 版画鑑賞会 竹芳洞 Hanga Kanshōkai and Chikuhōdō 
 Carver likely self-carved
 Printer likely Chikuhōdō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Format yotsugiri
 H x W Paper 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (11.4 x 19.1 cm)
 H x W Image 4 5/16 x 7 1/8 in. (12.2 x 18.1 cm)
 Collections This Print Honolulu Museum of Art 32148
 Reference Literature 
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