Rare - 1860 - UTAGAWA - Gay Shunga - woodblock print book
Authentic Edo period original, c.1860, Japanese shunga erotic art woodblock print picture book by an artist of the Utagawa School. Shunga book measures 6.5 cm x 12.4 cm closed. Each picture measures 12 cm x 12.4 cm. Very good colors and impressions. Condition is very good with some light wear and soiling, slight and extremely minor repair on reverse of one of the kanji pages (see photos). There are 10 total picture pages inside, each picture is composed of two pages. The remaining pages are kanji text pages. Fold-open, accordion-style book. Please see and judge from photos. Very nice Japanese shunga erotic artwork throughout the book with one of the pictures enclosed being a gay anal sex scene between two males, the older male penetrating his younger partner while on top of him.
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