Tales of Old Japan (Yamato Monogatari)

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The Yamato Monogatari (Tales of Old Japan) series is quite a mystery in many ways. It is not well known to many collectors, it is not clear how many prints are in the series and exactly which tales are being illustrated can be difficult to discern. The images themselves are very restrained and quite beautiful. The series was published in about 1896.

Where I think the story illustrated has been determined I give details, in the other cases I have applied a non commital name. The Yamato Monogatari itself is a collection of 173 tales and poems from the Heian period, the author of the collection is unknown, it is thought to have been completed in 951 or 952

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