Kunisada Chuji, Gimei-no takashima.
Kunisada Chuji, Gimei-no takashima.
Kunisada Chuji, Gimei-no takashima.

Kunisada Chuji, Gimei-no takashima.

Tokyo: Kinshodo, 1880. 15 volumes, slim 8vo, original color pictorial wrappers sewn in the Japanese manner, contained in 5 color pictorial sleeves (3 volumes per sleeve, as issued); illustrated throughout in color and black and white; a few minor short tears, minor occasional worming, but generally fine. A famous Japanese story of the "Japanese Robin Hood," illustrated by Baido Kunimasa Gimei No Takashima, i.e. Kunisada II Utagawa (1823-1880), a pupil of Kunisada (Toyokuni III). A movie, starring the Japanese film great Toshiro Mifune, was made of it in 1960 (also known as "The Gambling Samurai") in which "Chuji Kunisada returns to his home village to find that Jubei Matsui, the corrupt magistrate, has been responsible for virtually destroying Kunisada's family. A final tragedy leads Kunisada to join with a band of rogues living in the forest in robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, always with an eye toward avenging himself on Magistrate Matsui." Folk stories such as this "competed with official history, and the protagonists that filled this history were outlaws such as gamblers, chivalrous men, masterless samurai, itinerant priests, and entertainers. Of all the periods of Japanese history, it was at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate and beginning of the Meiji Restoration (1868) that the roles played by these legendary heroes reached their peak. They were written about in books, depicted in colored woodblock prints, portrayed in Kabuki, and appeared in stories and narrative ballads, becoming popular heroes deeply ingrained in the people's consciousness." Item #24935

Price: $1,750.00