Seichi Shiseki Meisho - Illustrations For Genji Monogatari in 54 Wood-Cut Prints - Masao Ebina
Masao Ebina collection, Ohmi Gallery
Illustrations For Genji Monogatari in 54 Wood-Cut Prints

Series Snapshot:

  • Limited edition release of only 200 sets.
  • Original price of $150
  • Published by Yamada Shoin
  • Publication date: 1953
  • Carving Supervisor: Yoshio Kawamo
  • Printer: Unknown (not listed)
  • Artist: Masao Ebina (not Masao Ebihara)
  • Deluxe printing: up to 100 individual blocks used for a single print!
Published by Yamada Shoin in 1953, this 54-print set by Masao Ebina contains woodblock print illustrations that cover every volume of "The Tale of Genji" by Lady Murasaki Shikibu.

I have been fortunate enough to obtain a rare complete set of prints from this series. Each print is housed in a folder (lightly attached along the top edge on the print verso), with a sheet of tissue paper containing the scene's explanation in both Japanese and English covering the folder's windowed area. The 54 print folders are housed in their original tatou folding box. According to the accompanying series notes, an average of 50 to 60 separate printing operations were performed in creating each design, with some requiring up to 100 printing operations. Included with the prints are several booklets listing various information such as notes on the production of this series, the story of Genji and its author Murasaki Shikibu, as well as a list of print titles with detailed scene explanation. In all, a very beautiful and rare complete set in fine condition.

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Left - Front of the Japanese-style tatou case that wraps around the complete box set. Right - Complete tatou case unfolded.

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Left - One of three booklets included with the set. Right - Example of tissue cover mounted to the front of each print folder.


The Complete Series of Prints
Print 1 KIRITSUBO Print 2 HAHAKIGI Print 3 UTSUSEMI Print 4 THE BOTTLE GOURDS
Print 1: KIRITSUBO

Print 2: HAHAKIGI

Print 3: UTSUSEMI

Print 4: THE BOTTLE GOURDS

Print 5 WAKA-MURASAKI Print 6 SUETSUMUHANA Print 7 AUTUMN CELEBRATION Print 8 HANA-NO-EN
Print 5: WAKA-MURASAKI

Print 6: SUETSUMUHANA

Print 7: AUTUMN CELEBRATION

Print 8: HANA-NO-EN

Print 9 AOI Print 10 SASAKI Print 11 HANACHIRUSATO Print 12 SUMA
Print 9: AOI

Print 10: SASAKI

Print 11: HANACHIRUSATO

Print 12: SUMA

Print 13 AKASHI Print 14 MIOTSUKUSHI Print 15 WEEDS Print 16 BARRIER-KEEPER'S HOUSE
Print 13: AKASHI

Print 14: MIOTSUKUSHI

Print 15: WEEDS

Print 16: BARRIER-KEEPER'S HOUSE

Print 17 PICTURE COMPETITION Print 18 BREEZES AMONG THE PINES Print 19 USU-GUMO Print 20 ASAGAO
Print 17: PICTURE COMPETITION

Print 18: BREEZES AMONG THE PINES

Print 19: USU-GUMO

Print 20: ASAGAO

Print 21 THE GIRLS Print 22 TAMAKATSURA Print 23 HATSUNE Print 24 BUTTERFLY
Print 21: THE GIRLS

Print 22: TAMAKATSURA

Print 23: HATSUNE

Print 24: BUTTERFLY

Print 25 THE FIREFLIES Print 26 PERPETUAL SUMMER Print 27 BONFIRE Print 28 AUTUMN GALE
Print 25: THE FIREFLIES

Print 26: PERPETUAL SUMMER

Print 27: BONFIRE

Print 28: AUTUMN GALE

Print 29 THE IMPERIAL VISIT Print 30 CHINESE AGRIMONY Print 31 MAKIBASHIRA Print 32 PLUM BRANCH
Print 29: THE IMPERIAL VISIT

Print 30: CHINESE AGRIMONY

Print 31: MAKIBASHIRA

Print 32: PLUM BRANCH

Print 33 LEAVES OF WISTARIA Print 34 YOUNG FRESH GREENS, I Print 35 YOUNG FRESH GREEN, II Print 36 KASHIWAGI
Print 33: LEAVES OF WISTARIA

Print 34: YOUNG FRESH GREENS, I

Print 35: YOUNG FRESH GREEN, II

Print 36: KASHIWAGI

Print 37 THE FLUTE Print 38 A SINGING INSECT Print 39 YUGIRI Print 40 PRAYER-OFFERING
Print 37: THE FLUTE

Print 38: A SINGING INSECT

Print 39: YUGIRI

Print 40: PRAYER-OFFERING

Print 41 ILLUSION Print 42 NIOU-MIYA Print 43 THE RED PLUMS Print 44 TAKEKAWA
Print 41: ILLUSION

Print 42: NIOU-MIYA

Print 43: THE RED PLUMS

Print 44: TAKEKAWA

Print 45 THE BRIDGE MAIDEN Print 46 THE OAK TREE Print 47 AGEMAKI Print 48 EARLY BRACKEN
Print 45: THE BRIDGE MAIDEN

Print 46: THE OAK TREE

Print 47: AGEMAKI

Print 48: EARLY BRACKEN

Print 49 A MISTLETOE Print 50 A PAVILION Print 51 UKIFUNE Print 52 THE GOSSAMER-FLY
Print 49: A MISTLETOE

Print 50: A PAVILION

Print 51: UKIFUNE

Print 52: THE GOSSAMER-FLY

Print 53 PRACTICING PENMANSHIP Print 54 THE BRIDGE OF DREAMS
Print 53: PRACTICING PENMANSHIP

Print 54: THE BRIDGE OF DREAMS

Booklet (English version)
English Booklet - Front and Rear Covers English Booklet - Pages 1 and 2 English Booklet - Pages 3 and 4 English Booklet - Pages 5 and 5
English Booklet - Front and Rear Covers English Booklet - Pages 1 and 2 English Booklet - Pages 3 and 4 English Booklet - Pages 5 and 6
Booklet (Japanese version)
Japanese Booklet - Front and Rear Covers Japanese Booklet - Pages 1 and 2 Japanese Booklet - Pages 3 and 4 Japanese Booklet - Pages 5 and 5
Japanese Booklet - Front and Rear Covers Japanese Booklet - Pages 1 and 2 Japanese Booklet - Pages 3 and 4 Japanese Booklet - Pages 5 and 6

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