[EHON] SEKINE Toshio. SPICE ISLANDS. Tokyo: 1980,81. 3vols., 17 x 12 cm. string-bound [fukurĂ´ toji] Japanese style. #12 of 125 copies total of this interesting little book, signed and sealed by Sekine, who was both artist and author. The text and prints are cut in color woodcut with some hand-coloring. The text, a short history of the European voyages of exploration and the spice trade, is in Japanese, with English and Latin captions for chapters and spice identification. Overall, a visually interesting and clever work, with a few spice samples included. As new, in the original hinged wooden box.

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