My family and I visited my wife's sister today, who was busy putting together the last of her "famous" garage sales for the year. She holds several a year, and typically has an amazing array of "stuff".
We were poking through the piles of stuff, when my wife produced a slip-cased little book. She mentioned she had picked it out for me earlier as a Christmas present, but wanted to see if I was really interested in it. I was shocked to find an accordion-style bound book of miniature Hiroshige prints. Through further examination and some quick internet research, we learned that it's a Hoeido miniature edition of Hiroshige's 'The 53 Stages of Tokaido
', published by the Takamizawa Ukiyo-e Co. We're thinking, by it's appearance, it was printed in the early '50s, right after occupation.
The book itself is in great shape (the slip case if a bit battered) and the post-card sized prints themselves are like they were just printed:
I have no idea of the worth of the book, but it has to be more than the $20.00 that we paid for it. All together, there is a total of 55 terrific little woodblock prints bound together, all in perfect shape.