ORIGINAL TITLE Title: Nanko sandai-ki
MATERIAL: Woodblock Printed
TYPE: Print Book (Set)
DIMENSIONS: 5 X 7 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 102 pages, 100 have Japanese woodblock prints; 13 pages in full color
CONDITION: Original covers & title slip, contents complete, fine impressions & colors.
NOTES: These are uncommon, especially as a three volume set.
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Utagawa Sadahide

Kusunoki Masashige

Men In Metal

ITEM ID: 1942
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Sadahide Print Book Set (#2)

DATE
Decade: 1850s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Japanese print book by Sadahide, with prints of Samurai.

According to Sugihiko Uchida, “I see the author’s name Utagawa Sadahide (歌川貞秀 玉蘭斎貞秀) beside the title of this work on the life of Kusunoki Masashige (楠木正成1294-1336), a legendary warlord. Depicted here is Nitta Yoshisada(新田義貞, a comrade of Kusunoki Masashige.”

According to Sven Saaler, “Nice one! The author is Utagawa Sadahide. In the red box, his pseudonym is given, which, in this case, is Gyokuransai Sadahide. (He had other pseudonyms.)

The title of the book is Nanko sandai-ki, Records of three generations of Nanko. It is the story of Kusunoki Masashige (aka Nanko) and his son Masatsura—plus another Kusunoki… (Nanko literally means Lord Kusunoki, as “Nan“ is the alternate reading of the first character of the name Kusunoki.)

This [work includes] a genealogy of the family Nitta. Nitta Yoshisada was an ally of Kusunoki Masashige in the civil wars of the 1330s.

His statue was very famous in prewar Japan and still stands outside of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo—in my recently published book on public statuary in Japan, a chapter is dedicated to this statue.”

According to scholar Mark Teeuwen, “The book must be post-1868, since the place of publication is “Tokyo.”

ARTISTS
Name: Iguchi Tsunemori

Name: Ikeuchi Hachibee