Very Good / Very Good. Item #8935
Tokyo: Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., 2012. First Thus in English. Octavo (25x18cm); 224pp., including bibliography and chronology. Thirty-seven full-color plates; 89 B&W reproductions. Entirely in English.
Dust jacket shows very polite crimps at the edges from shelving, but is otherwise nearly as new. Binding nearly the same, with only slight shelf-chafing at spine crown and foot. Textblock unmarred and unmarked.
This English edition of Nobuo Tsuji's 奇想の系譜 was published some 40 years after the highly regarded survey first came out. The artists covered in depth are Iwasa Matabei, Kano Sansetsu, Itō Jakuchū, Soga Shōhaku, Nagasawa Rosetsu, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi, though the entire tradition of the monstrous and fantastic is addressed. It’s all very spooky, delicious, refined, and pleasantly horrifying.