Title: Ojoyoshu, 1897
Condition: Very Good
A Meiji period and late 19th century hand colored 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.
There are 19, 9, and 11 pages of woodblock print 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, 31, 24, 30 leaves
On note of condition, these volumes are in very good shape with minor rubbing, staining, and creasing to the bindings. There are small tears to the margins of several pages. The publisher marks have all been oddly censored by a later owner. There is staining to the insides of the covers. The pages are toned.