copyright 1963; printed in Holland; Barnes & Noble publishers, New York; softbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; color and b/w prints throughout.
Hiroshige was born in 1797. For nearly two hundred years Japan had been at peace after the almost incessant civil wars of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A peaceful settlement had been effected by the Tokugawa clan who, under their first great leader Iyeyasu, had fought their way to the supreme power at the decisive battle of Sekigahara (1600). Iyeyasu and his successors ruled under the title of Shogun...