Book covers for Komachi monogatari ukiyo Genji, Part 4, Complete in 4 Volumes
「小町物語 浮世源氏 第四編 全四冊」
1832 (Tenpô 3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
http://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/he13/he13_03222/he13_03222_0002/he13_03222_0002.html; the book: Kokusho sômokuroku, rev. ed., vol. 1 (1989), p. 357 (with dates of volumes)
20 x 26.2 cm (7 7/8 x 10 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper
Not On View
The completed full-color print would be cut in half to become the color covers for two fascicles sold together in a paper wrapper.
The book included 15 parts with 4 volumes each, for a total of 60 fascicles, published from 1830 to 1848.
Author: Santô Kyôzan (1769-1858).
Santô Kyôzan saku, Utagawa Kunisada ga
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