Book covers for Setsubai hôdan inu no sôshi, Part 2
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Two covers; 18.3 x 23.8 cm (7 3/16 x 9 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The covers of two volumes published together: Vol. I (jô) at right, Vol. II (ge) at left. From an abridgement of Bakin’s novel Hakkenden, published 1848-74, written by Ryûtei Senka (1804-68) and illustrated by Kunisada II, with covers by Kunisada I (now using the signature Toyokuni). Parts 1 and 2 pubilshed by Matsuzakaya Taiheiji, Parts 3 on by Tsutaya Kichizô.
Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection