Title: Ojoyoshu, 1790
Publisher: Kyoto, Jibei Hishiya
A late 18th century edition of the Ojoyoshu, or, The Essentials of Rebirth in the Pure Land, a Buddhist trilogy of texts written by the Japanese monk Genshin, who lived during the tail end of the Heian era. It was considered his most well received work, for the extremely brutal detailing of Hell and the afterlife, and was published several times throughout the centuries, including this Edo era edition.
The three volumes are broken into the following realms: Hell, Hungry Ghosts/Violent Spirits, and Paradise.
This copy is based on the edition published in Genroku 2 (1689) and was newly published as this three-volume set. Utilizing Genshin's Ojoyoshu, it was revised by adding illustrations, and was published by Jibei Hishiya, a bookstore in Kyoto.
There are 16, 9, and 11 pages of woodblock illustrations, with vivid illustrations of torture and suffering in Hell, along with various scenes in the realms of Hungry Ghosts and Paradise.
Three volumes in octavo, 30, 33, 27 leaves
On note of condition, these volumes are in fair shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding. There is worming to all three volumes, most significantly in the third volume.