"Brocades of the Capital; The Seasons and Their Fashions" (Mitsui-gonomi; Miyako no Nishiki)
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon (bears the company's round Muromachi Tokyo sticker)
Artist Toshikata was commissioned to create these domestic scenes when Mitsui Clothing Store (Mitsui Gofuku) changed its name from Echigoya in 1893 (Today, Mitsui is one of Japan's largest corporations). This collection was released once more in 1904 when the store became known as Mitsukoshi. This example is the very rare original 1893 Mitsui edition.
References: Artelino.com and Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture (Merritt).
Size: 9.75 x 7.0 x 1.75 inches.
Condition: The colors are vibrant and fresh on all of the prints, which are in excellent condition, each preserved by tissue paper as part of the volume. The patterned silk on the covers of this concertina style book is frayed and becoming loose.