Hiroshige’s Tokaido: The Tokaido Fifty-Three Stations or The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, by Hiroshige
Tokyo: Heibonsha, Ltd., 1960. Oblong quarto in original fine, clothed hardcover in original slipcase. 12 pages introduction in both Japanese and English and 55 full page vibrant color reproductions of woodblock prints, accompanied by a lively commentary by Ichitaro Kondo. Light shelfwear to case else well preserved and clean copy
“In 1832, Hiroshige traveled the length of the Tōkaidō from Edo to Kyoto, as part of an official delegation transporting horses that were to be presented to the Imperial court. The horses were a symbolic gift from the Shogun, presented annually in recognition of the Emperor’s divine status. The landscapes of the journey made a profound impression on the artist, and he created numerous sketches during the course of the trip, as well as his return to Edo via the same route. After his arrival at home, he immediately began work on the first prints from The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō. Eventually, he would produce 55 prints in the whole series: one for each station, plus one apiece for the starting and ending points.” -. Frank Lloyd Wright who staged the first ever retrospective of Hiroshige’s work at the Art Institute of Chicago, described them in the exhibition catalog as some of “the most valuable contributions ever made to the art of the world”.