A bilingual edition, with primary text in English and with abundant ancillary text in Japanese. First printing, December 2008. Printed and bound in Japan. 11.75 x 10.5 inches. Medium blue fabric binding with crisp gold lettering to the front board and spine. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Gorgeous and unblemished binding. Text block firmly bound in. With x and 435 numbered pages, including bibliographical references. Also with approximately 300 color plates, including scores of full-page, full-color plates of Koitsu's ukiyo-e prints. Also with illustrations of seals, signatures, watermarks, etc. Exceptionally clean inside and out. Price, very discreet, in pencil to lower corner of title page. No hint of shelf life to the book. Lovely full-pictorial unclipped DJ. In the original medium-duty slipcase, the case in matching blue fabric and gold lettering. A Fine copy in a Fine DJ in a Fine slipcase. Rare in any condition. Absolutely indispensable for the serious student of Tsuchiya Koitsu [1870-1949] or for the dedicated collector of his works. With thanks to Hanga Gallery for the following: "The woodblock prints of Tsuchiya Koitsu are notable for their dramatic use of light and shadow. Born near Hamamatsu... he became Kiyochika's student and moved into his home to study art and print design. Koitsu lived there for 19 years... During 1894-95, Koitsu designed several war prints for the Sino-Japanese war efforts. He later worked as a lithographer. In 1931, Koitsu met the publisher Watanabe at an exhibition commemorating the work of Kiyochika... He went on to design ten prints for Watanabe. Koitsu also designed numerous prints for the publisher Doi Teiichi, as well as several other publishers including Kawaguchi & Sakai, Baba Nobuhiko, and Takemura."