Author: Jippensha, Ikku
Title: T?kaid?ch? Hizakurige [Shank's Mare]
Place Published: [Japan]
Date Published: [c.1800's]
7 volumes. Illustrated with woodcuts. text in Japanese. (12mo) 18x12 cm (7x5"), illustrated semi-stiff boards with paper labels, bound with string in Japanese style.
Comically and erotically illustrated early printing of T?kaid?ch? Hizakurige, abbreviated as Hizakurige and known in translation as Shank's Mare, a comic picaresque novel about the misadventures of two travelers on the Tokaido, the main road between Kyoto and Edo during the Edo period. The book was published in twelve parts between 1802 and 1822. Also included is a modern cloth-bound critical study of the novel with illustrations and a fold-out map.
Hizakurige is comic novel that also provides information and anecdotes regarding various regions along the T?kaid?. Tourism was booming during the Edo Period, when this was written. This work is one of many guidebooks that proliferated, to whet the public's appetite for sight-seeing. Some of the episodes from this novel have been illustrated by famous ukiyo-e artists, such as Hiroshige in his One Hundred Views of Edo. Numerous film versions of the novel has been produced over the years.