The Japanese artist Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige published a series of woodblock prints called THE 53 STATIONS OF THE TOKAIDO in 1838. The series actually consisted of 55 prints - one for each of the 53 stations, plus one for each end of the road, at Edo and Kyoto.
This artist's book reproduces all 55 prints in miniature, 100 x 66 mm (4 x 2-5/8 inches), printed on Japanese hosho paper, and bound between two boards in a traditional Japanese accordion-style.
The finished book is enclosed in a wrap-around chitsu for protection. The boards and the chitsu are covered with teal brocade, and lined with a color-coordinated "endpaper" of suminigashi (Japanese marbling). The chitsu is fastened with ribbons and a bone clasp. Both book and chitsu carry a pasted-on paper label in the traditional style for this type of book.
The book in its chitsu has overall dimensions of 76 x 62 x 24 mm (3 x 2-3/8 x 31/22 inches). This book will be limited to 10 copies. The price is $125 each, plus $5 for shipping and handling.