HASUI -- "Zojoji Temple, Shiba"

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Title "Zojoji Temple, Shiba"
("Shiba Zojoji")
Date ca1932-33 ("First Edition"--only printing of this variant)
Series "Twenty Views of Tokyo"
("Tokyo Nijukei")
Publisher Osaka Maninichi Publisher
(founded 1876, Osaka)
Seal, Carver/Printer Signature "Hasui," seal "Sui"
Image Size 8 1/4 x 12 1/2
("aiban," small oban)
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading throughout print; light "gauffrage"
(embossing) to umbrella; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent.
Fresh, strong colors.
Clean front and backside.
(Absolutely flawless.)
Reference/Illus Hotei #147--variant; Narazaki #147. Hotei barely mentions this rare and UN-documented Hasui print (pg 74) by an "unknown" publisher.
Comments An extremely rare variant of Hasui's "Zojoji" masterpiece. This print was "tipped" into the 1934 edition of "Japan Today & Tommorow"--a publication highlighting the cultural arts of Japan. Narazaki: "A masterpiece within Hasui's oeuvre, no other [print] received as much praise." Watanabe Publisher's earlier (virtually identical) 1925 "Zojoji" is a 12% larger oban format. For the serious Hasui collector--RARE.
Item # EG-243
Price $3,600 (Reserved/NK)