Title: The Tokaido Fifty Three Stations by Hiroshige (cover title)
Place Published: Kyoto
Date Published: No date [1950's?]
With 55 tipped-in plates from color woodblocks, plus page of preliminary text & 2 index pages. The plates measure approx. 9x14 cm (3½x5½"), tipped to leaves bound accordion-style. Volume measures 12x17.5 cm (8¾x10¼"), cloth covers with paper label, chitsu with bone clasps.
Utagawa Hiroshige's renowned "Fifty-three Stations of the T?kaid?," depicting the road from the sh?gun's capital, Edo, to the imperial one, Ky?to, the main travel and transport artery of old Japan. Hiroshige created the series of ukiyo-e woodcut prints after his first travel along the T?kaid? in 1832. It has been republished in various forms in the nearly 200 years since its inception, as with this attractive reduced version.