Tokyo: Sonbe Okura, Circaq 1880. Ginko (Heisichi Adachi). Orihon (accordion-fold). 12mo. Ukiyo-e woodblock book. Series of 10 beautiful accordian-bound hand-colored woodblock diptych illustrations depicting etiquette lessons at a 'finishing' school for young Japanese women. The book contains a series of illustrated 'how to' lessons regarding talking with elders, praying, opening doors, conducting a tea ceremony, playing Go, etc. The final illustration shows women receiving their certificates after completing the training. Light wear and soiling; some of the folds have small splits; looks like two have been reinforced with tissue or transparent archival tape. Very Good. Item #008306
Ginko, who worked between 1873 and 1908 under several studio names, is best known for his prints in the ukiyo-e style as a member of the Utagawa school. He worked with a variety of subjects including depictions of beautiful women and actors, landscapes, book illustrations, and contemporary events. He was jailed and fined in 1889 for satirically depicting Emperor Meiji as a skeleton.