Subject:Re: Japanese Art 1700's would like to know more
Posted By: I.Nagy Mon, Sep 13, 2021
They are woodblock print pages from a popular ukiyo-e masterpiece picture book titled 繪本 青樓美人合
"Ehon Seiro* Bijin Awase (Picture Book of Yoshiwara Beauties) of Suzuki Harunobu, published in 1770 in 5 volumes(166 woodblocks). However, it was reproduced from newly cut woodblocks in 1917. On the blocks Yoshiwara prostitutes are pictured, each of them offers a haiku poem that describes seasonal features of natural scenery.
Your prints are from Vol 2.
* Seiro 青樓 - Green Houses - refers to Yoshiwara
I think your prints are from the 1917 reprint version - I can't say anything sure from the screen.
The value of the 1917 ed. complet 5 vols. set is
about $500 - $800.