ORIGINAL TITLE Title: Heroes of the Three Kingdoms
PRONUNCIATION: tsuzoku sangokushi
MATERIAL: Woodblock Printed
TYPE: Book (Set)
DIMENSIONS: 6 X 9 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 15 volumes; 6 dated Meiji 16, 9 dated Meiji 17; 1,335 pages, 145 woodblock prints; map of China; 30 full-color prints
CONDITION: Original covers & title slips, all with rare original envelopes attached, fine impressions & colors.
ITEM ID: 1866
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Heroes of the Three Kingdoms Print Book

DATE
Year: 1883-1884
Decade: 1880s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: Meiji 16-17

Japanese print book set: Heroes of the Three Kingdoms (tsuzoku sangokushi) by Yoshitoshi, with a map of China, and many prints in full color and signed by Yoshitoshi.  

According to scholar Peter Kornicki, “This is a Meiji (1884) movable-type reprint of Ehon tsūzoku sangokushi, with woodblock printed illustrations. The original was a Chinese vernacular novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, as Tianyuan Huang explained, but thus is a Japanese translation.”

ARTISTS
Name: Yoshitoshi
Type: Artist
Artist Information: Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was a Japanese artist who is widely recognized as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing and painting. His reputation has continued to grow both in the West and among younger Japanese, and he is now almost universally recognized as the greatest Japanese artist of his era.