Yoshitoshi -- "Sleepy - A Prostitute, Meiji Era"

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Title "Sleepy: The Appearance of a Prostitute of the Meiji Era" ("Nemuso Meiji Nenkan Shogi no Fuzoku")
Series "Thirty-two Aspects of Women" ("Fuzoku Sanjuniso")
Date April 1888 (Three color cartouche indicative of first edition printing.)
Publisher Tsunashima Kamekichi (Tokyo)
Seal, Carver/Printer Carver: Yamamoto to
Image Size A full 9 5/8 x 14 1/4
Impression Very fine. Nice "bokashi" shading to face, foliage, left background; widespread "burnishing" to black mat and vertical edge; extensive cross-hatched "cheese-cloth gauffrage" to upper right background and rolled tissue end; over-printed hair to produce layers; crisp, highly detailed carving of individual hairlines.
Condition Good. Excellent colors, some bleeding of reds. Other minor marks, soiling, and wear. Rubbing and edge damage upper right corner. Trimmed only to image 3 edges, thinly backed with Japanese paper.
Reference/Illus Stevenson's "Yoshitoshi's Women - The Woodblock-Print Series Fuzoku Sanjuniso" pl.#30
Comments Considered by Japanese connoisseurs to be the finest image of the "Fuzoku" series.
Item # CG-651
Price $650 (Reserved)