Anonymous | Illustrated Index of Supernatural Creatures (Bakemono zukushi-e) | Edo period, 18th century
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Illustrated Index of Supernatural Creatures (Bakemono zukushi-e)
Edo period, 18th century
twenty-eight leaves of continuous illustrations in accordion-style album (orihon), woodblock-printed in ink and with hand-applied colour, depicting thirty-two yokai, the final page signed in block Tanyu ga kore o utsusu yoshi to tsutau (By repute, copied after Tanyu's painting), gold-flecked paper covers, modern cloth pull-off case
37.4 x 22.8 cm., 14⅝ x 8⅞ in.
There is some soiling, creasing and wormage overall, some old repairs and patching, slight wear to edges, the paper covers with slight nicks to edges and soiling.
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Okubo Yuzan was the owner of the personal library called the Aigakuroku Collection (Aigakuroku zosho). The collection was also known by the name Wabun-gura and was located at the foot of Mount Atago in Edo (now Tokyo). It is recorded that in 1793 (Kaitei 5 nen), the shogunate gave 100 ryo to cover the cost of repairing the library. Currently, manuscripts from this collection are part of the National Diet Library in Japan. It is recorded that Yuzan had connections with Ota Nanpo (1749-1823) and was chosen to appear in his book Ichiwa-Ichigen (1779-1820).