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1. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KÔKOKKAI. ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL ART. Volume 16, number 9. Tokyo, Seibundô, Shôwa 14 [1939]. Decorated wrappers. 26.3 x 19 cm. 96 pp. Kôkokkai was the premier professional journal on the art and science of advertising in Japan at the time of its publication. Ken Dômon was in charge of photography. The issues were full of scientific and perceptive articles, and illustrated with color and b+w plates and reproductions of posters, ads, signboards, etc., etc. Despite a bi-lingual title on the title page inside, the text is entirely in Japanese. Ephemeral issues from early Shôwa have largely disappeared. $350.00
 

2. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KÔKOKKAI. ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL ART. Volume 16, number 8. Tokyo, Seibundô, Shôwa 14 [1939]. Decorated wrappers. 26.3 x 19 cm. 96 pp. Kôkokkai was the premier professional journal on the art and science of advertising in Japan at the time of its publication. Ken Dômon was in charge of photography. The issues were full of scientific and perceptive articles, and illustrated with color and b+w plates and reproductions of posters, ads, signboards, etc., etc. Despite a bi-lingual title on the title page inside, the text is entirely in Japanese. Ephemeral issues from early Shôwa have largely disappeared. The fragile paper is in nice condition overall. $385.00


3. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KÔKOKKAI. ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL ART. Volume 16, number 6. Tokyo, Seibundô, Shôwa 14 [1939]. Decorated wrappers. 26.3 x 19 cm. 96 pp. Kôkokkai was the premier professional journal on the art and science of advertising in Japan at the time of its publication. Ken Dômon was in charge opf photography. The issues were full of scientific and perceptive articles, and illustrated with color and b+w plates and reproductions of posters, ads, signboards, etc., etc. Despite a bi-lingual title on the title page inside, the text is entirely in Japanese. Ephemeral issues from early Shôwa have largely disappeared. The fragile paper is in nice condition overall. $350.00

 

4. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KÔKOKKAI. ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL ART. Volume 16, number 1. Tokyo, Seibundô, Shôwa 14 [1939]. Decorated wrappers. 26.3 x 19 cm. 96 pp. Kôkokkai was the premier professional journal on the art and science of advertising in Japan at the time of its publication. Ken Dômon was in charge of photography. The issues were full of scientific and perceptive articles, and illustrated with color and b+w plates and reproductions of posters, ads, signboards, etc., etc. Despite a bi-lingual title on the title page inside, the text is entirely in Japanese. Ephemeral issues from early Shôwa have largely disappeared. The fragile paper is in nice condition overall. $375.00

 

5. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KÔKOKKAI. ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL ART. Volume 16, number 9. Tokyo, Seibundô, Shôwa 14 [1939]. Decorated wrappers. 26.3 x 19 cm. 96 pp. Kôkokkai was the premier professional journal on the art and science of advertising in Japan at the time of its publication. The issues were full of scientific and perceptive articles, and illustrated with color and b+w plates and reproductions of posters, ads, signboards, etc., etc. Despite a bi-lingual title on the title page inside, the text is entirely in Japanese. Ephemeral issues from early Shôwa have largely disappeared. Reduced price because the lower left corner of the cover and first 5-10 pages are damaged. $185.00

6. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KÔKOKKAI. COMMERCIAL ART ADVERTISING. Volume 13, number 10. Tokyo, Seibundô, Shôwa 9 [1936]. Decorated wrappers. 26.3 x 19 cm. 88 pp. The special Olympics issue (Tokyo had been granted the games for 1940 - a games which were never held, of course.) Kôkokkai was the premier professional journal on the art and science of advertising in Japan at the time of its publication. The issues were full of scientific and perceptive articles, and illustrated with color and b+w plates and reproductions of posters, ads, signboards, etc., etc. Despite a bi-lingual title on the title page inside, the text is entirely in Japanese. Ephemeral issues from early Shôwa have largely disappeared. The fragile paper is in nice condition overall. Though the covers are a bit loose. SOLD

 

 

7. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KÔKOKKAI. ADVERTISING COMMERCIAL ART. Volume 12, number 8. Tokyo, Seibundô, Shôwa 9 [1935]. Decorated wrappers. 26.3 x 19 cm. 88 pp. Kôkokkai was the premier professional journal on the art and science of advertising in Japan at the time of its publication. The issues were full of scientific and perceptive articles, and illustrated with color and b+w plates and reproductions of posters, ads, signboards, etc., etc. Despite a bi-lingual title on the title page inside, the text is entirely in Japanese. Ephemeral issues from early Shôwa have largely disappeared. The fragile paper is in nice condition overall. $425.00

 
8. ANDERSON, JOHN. ENGLISH INTERCOURSE WITH SIAM IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co., Ltd., 1890. Trübner's Oriental Series. First edition. Color fold-out map. Octavo. xiii,503 pp. Bound in publisher's orange cloth with printed decoration and gilt on covers and spine, black coated endpapers. Cloth binding is heavily soiled on spine and lightly so on covers. Text is clean and lightly toned throughout, except for two blank pages that face the front and rear endpapers which are both quite browned. A good copy. Rare in 1st edition. $175.00
 

9. AUDSLEY, George Ashdown. THE ORNAMENTAL ARTS OF JAPAN. London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1882. This copy is no. 22 of 50 artist's proof copies issued to English subscribers; it is signed by Audsley on the limitation page. 70 chromolithographic plates, plus 31 black & white plates, showing drawings and paintings, embroidery, textile fabrics, lacquer, cloisonné enamel, etc. Two folio volumes in strikingly tooled and gilt green, full leather bindings by Birdshall & Son, with gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. The spines have faded to brown and show superficial rubbing on raised bands and joints. Text leaves show light foxing, mostly in the top margin. Two of the chromo illustrations have slight nubby adhesions from facing tissue guards; and two other tissue guards are torn. Overall, the illustrations are clean, sharp, and often quite striking. This is a Victorian masterpiece of Japanism in beautiful, original condition. SOLD
 


10. [AVANT-GARDE] MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi. BUNTÔ Vol.1, #1. Tokyo, Buntôsha, Taishô 4 [July, 1925]. 40pp., 22 x 15 cm. illustrated wrappers. In the early summer of 1925, as Murayama was drifting away from his interest in the plastic arts, he and seven like minded writers and artistic provocateurs founded the BUNTÔ "Literary Party". By the fall he would leave MAVO officially but in the meantime he divided his attention between MAVO and the new endeavor, BUNTÔ magazine, designing the covers and contributing essays, etc. His evolving graphic style contains his MAVO sensibility, right down to his "Tom" signature and little lizard/dinosaur on the cover. This copy of the first published issue is very scarce indeed and, save a bit of rust-staining from the staple binding, about fine. SOLD



11. [AVANT-GARDE] MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi. BUNTÔ Vol.2, #1. Tokyo, Buntôsha, Taishô 15 [January, 1926]. 85pp.+, 22 x 15 cm. illustrated wrappers. In the early summer of 1925, as Murayama was drifting away from his interest in the plastic arts, he and seven like minded writers and artistic provocateurs founded the BUNTÔ "Literary Party". By the fall he would leave MAVO officially but in the meantime he divided his attention between MAVO and the new endeavor, BUNTÔ magazine, designing the covers and contributing essays, etc. His graphic style in Buntô contains the essence of his MAVO sensibility. Any copy of an issue from this important little magazine is scarce enough, in the near fine condition of this one, rare. SOLD

12. BACON, Alice Mabel. JAPANESE GIRLS AND WOMEN. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, (1902). Revised and Enlarged edition, 12mo., blue cloth, white decoration; xi + 478pp. Inner rear hinge cracked overall very good. $60.00
 

13. [BINDING] TSUDA SEIFÛ, designer. SÔTEI ZUAN-SHÛ Dai-Ishuu. A COLLECTION OF ARTISTIC BOOKBINDINGS Executed by SEIFU TSUDA. Kyoto, Unsodo, 1929. Oblong folio, decorated cloth, 31.6 X 41.6 cm. Signed by Seifu. Contains thirty examples of the actual woodblock-printed covers of this important book designer's significant bindings. Very scarce item, Seifu was not only a designer, he was also a very important western-style oil painter, as well. In his early years at the turn of the 20th Century, an intimate of the circle around the eminent author, Natsume Soseki, by the end of his life, Seifu was the grand old man of the post-war Japanese art world. This scarce volume is in good condition with occasional foxing, in the original cloth-covered clasped case. SOLD
 




14. BOERSCHMANN, ERNST. BAUKUNST UND LANDSCHAFT IN CHINA. Berlin: Verlag Ernst Wasmuth A.G., 1926. 288p. Bound in red cloth with gilt-stamped spine & boards. Cloth slightly stained. Jacket slightly faded on edges & spine with a few small chips or tears, includes pasted on photo illustration to front of jacket. Bears ownership inscription to FPEP. Introduction in german with multi-lingual captions for these exquisit photographs. Includes publisher's promotional flyer. Fine condition. SOLD
 








15. CABATON, A. JAVA AND THE DUTCH EAST INDIES. London; Leipsic: T. Fisher Unwin. 376p. 47 photo illustrations. bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. untrimmed pages, some light interior foxing. Uncommon $75.00
 

16. CAHILL, James. THE BARNHART-CAHILL-RODGERS CORRESPONDENCE, 1981. Berkeley, CA: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1982. 63 pages. Bound with plastic
fasteners. SOLD.
 

17. [CHINESE PITH PAINTINGS]. ALBUM OF 30 FISH ON 12 SHEETS. Album of 12 sheets of pith, approximately 19 x 26 cm each, mounted onto pages within covers approx. 24.7 x 34.3 cm, covered in brocade with ties. A wonderful mid-19th century example of naturalistic painting, which uses the three dimensionality afforded by the surface of the inner plant pith of the Tetrapanax papyriferum, a ginseng relative that grow to the size of a small tree, shaved as here into thin sheets and painted with opaque colors. The fish sparkle and the colors glow, the fish accurately depicted in form and color. Pith by its very nature is extremely fragile and larger sheets such as those employed here even more than usually frangible. Thus the completeness of the sheets with almost no lost pigmented sections is most unusual. The covers are a bit worn and, as usual, the paintings show occasional cracking and repair, but a worthy example of the genre.  86532   $4275.00

 

18. COOMARASWAMY, Ananda K. INDIAN CRAFTSMAN. London: Probsthain & Co., 1909. 130p. 8vo. Bound in blue cloth with gilt stamping on spine and front covers. Bookplate on FPEP. Some small dents to covers. untrimmed pages. Scarce first editon, good condition.  $175.00

 
19. COUSENS, HENRY. BIJAPUR: THE CAPITAL OF THE AHIL SHAHI KINGS. POONA: Scottish Mission Industries Ltd., 1905. 180p. paperback covered in blue cloth with printed spine and cover. Has foldout map affixed to rear. A rare second edition in good condition. SOLD
 

20. [DESIGN BOOK] Honma Hyakuri & Yokokawa Shigetaka. FUKUSHOKU ZUKAI. 2 vols., originally privately published by Hyakuri, in Bunka 13 [1816]. This copy has that date in its afterword. 19.4 x 26.8 cm, string-bound Japanese-style fukuro toji with printed paper title labels. Clothing designs, swords and regalia, etc. reproduced in color woodcut. Nobleman, Ladies, Ceremonial dress, Brocades, Imperial costumes, all are covered. Important work. The overall condition is good, with some worming throughout. The impressions and colors are a bit "late" (mid-19th century?). Enclosed in a custom clasped chitsu case. $2,850.00
 

21. [DESIGN BOOKS] Yamashita KÔRIN. HINAGATA. 4 vols. Kyoto, Honda Ichijiro, et al. 25.5 x 36.7 cm. String-bound Japanese-style fukuro-toji. The four seasons are represented in 155 full page oban size prints of kimono designs. The set is internally in fine condition, lovely printings. The covers of the spring and summer volumes have some oxidation, but otherwise a truly lovely set. Honda Ichijiro is the printer/publisher who went on to start the important house, Unkindô, and join Unsôdô thereafter. It appears that Louise Brown saw a single volume of this set in Japan [Brown, page 203]. Though individual incomplete volumes of this set occasionally appear, a full set, complete, like this one is virtually unheard of. In the original publisher's chitsu clasped case.    86632   SOLD.




 
 
22. [DESIGN] Furuya KÔRIN. SEIKA. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 36 [1903]. Tall folio folding album, 36.8 X 24.9 cm, Double-page table of contents and final colophon page. The latter indicates this is a "saihan", a reprint done a month after the first printing. There are 12 large double-page designs in color woodcut by Furuya Kôrin, one of the most important of Unsôdô's early neo-Rimpa designers. Superbly printed by Unsôdô in intense colors, metallic inks, etc.

There are one or two internal spots, and the covers are a bit worn, but overall a nice copy of a stunning and very scarce book. This book should be and will be ranked right along Sekka's as a masterpiece of the genre. SOLD

 


23. [DESIGN] Honda Unkindô, publisher. SONO NO KAORI. Kyoto, Meiji 36 [1903]. Orihon folding album format, 25.3 X 17.9 cm. Decorated paper over boards, integral printed title label. 10 double page color woodcut designs. Honda was the elder brother of Yamada Naosaburô [Unsôdô], who later merged his concern with his brother's. Honda was known for his discerning eye and this anthology is a remarkable epitome of turn of the century Japanese design and the printer's art. Good overall condition, exquisite colors and printing. The paper cover from the back board is chipped, otherwise complete.   85851   SOLD

 

 

24. [DESIGN] Kaigai TENNEN. TENNEN HYAKU TSURU. Kyoto, Unsôdô, 1900. 31.7 x 22.1 cm. Meiji 33 [1900]. Tassel bound in printed heavy paper covers. 60 lavish color woodblock images with metallic ink and over-printing of designs on a theme of cranes. 3 volumes, complete. Tennen is one of the most important neo-Rimpa designers of the early 20th century and this major work appears nowhere in the literature. The covers are a bit worn, internally quite clean with good impressions and colors. SOLD




 
25. [DESIGN] Kaigai TENNEN. TENNEN HYAKU TSURU. Part 2 (of 3). Kyoto, Unsôdô, 31.7 x 22.1 cm. Meiji 33 [1900]. Tassel bound in printed heavy paper covers. 20 lavish color woodblock images with metallic ink and over-printing of designs on a theme of cranes. Tennen is one of the most important neo-Rimpa designers of the early 20th century and this major work appears nowhere in the literature. The covers are worn, which a cigarette burn on the front cover that holed through the cover, the preliminary page and the first two woodblock prints. Good impressions and colors overall. Sold with all faults. SOLD
 


26. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist. CHIGUSA. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Heisei 3 [1991] 24 x 35.5 cm. 3 volumes. This wonderful suite of 54 single page color printed woodblocks preceded Sekka's MOMOYOGUSA by several years, originally appearing in 1899-1903. Many of the prints are printed and overprinted using opaque and metallic inks to produce a sumptuous surface. This is a nice late impression - the postwar edition, printed from the original blocks still in Unsôdô's possession. Excellent condition in the original publisher's clasped case. Even this recent printing has become quite hard to find. At approximately the original publisher's price. SOLD


27. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA. UTA-E Kyoto & Tokyo: Unsôdô, Shôwa 9 [1934]. 1 volume, 31 x 22 cm, cloth, ribbon bound covers, paper label. 25 color full page images after designs by Sekka. As Sekka's last work, it crowns his remarkable career with a lovely evocation of Kôetsu's Saga-bon. (For more on this important work, see Hillier's description on p.976 of the second volume of his ART OF THE JAPANESE BOOK.) The condition is a bit better than average, with relatively little of the offsetting from the prints to the poems that is usual in this book. Slight foxing and slight edgewear. The printing is very good, the colors lovely. It is a very good copy overall. Housed in the original, professionally repaired, chitsu case with title label that shows general soiling all over and is lacking its clasps. One volume (complete): $3,250.00

 



 
 


28. [DESIGN] KIMURA Kozan, artist. FUROSHIKI GASURU San. Kyoto, Unkindô, Meiji 34 [1901] 36.5 x 25.2 cm. 20pp. of exquisite color woodblock-printed designs in a furoshiki, wrapping cloth, format. Thus a series of roughly rectangular designs. Unkindô was managed by Honda Ichijirô, who would later merge his company with Unsôdô. Honda had a very talented eye and the lavishness and attention to detail of his books is epitomized in this handsome work. Very good impressions and colors, in the original soiled printed covers. Good "third volume" of the series with a bit of internal waterstaining. Very scarce. SOLD
 





29. [DESIGN] MATSUI Tôshô, artist. FUROSHIKI GASURU Ni. Kyoto, Unkindô, Meiji 34 [1901] 36.5 x 25.2 cm. 20pp. of exquisite color woodblock-printed designs in a furoshiki, wrapping cloth, format. Thus a series of roughly rectangular designs. Unkindô was managed by Honda Ichijirô, who would later merge his company with Unsôdô. Honda had a very talented eye and the lavishness and attention to detail of his books is epitomized in this handsome work. Very good impressions and colors, in the original, slightly soiled, printed covers. Very good "second volume" of this very scarce series. SOLD
 

30. [DESIGN] NAITÔ & ÔNUMA. GENDAI KATTO ZUAN-SHÛ. Tokyo, Sôsaku Zuan Kankôkai, Shôwa 2 [1927] 26 x 18.7 cm, 158pp., bound in printed paper over board covers. The spine has been covered in masking tape and hand-calligraphed. The rest of the book inside and out is very good. In the original publisher's printed slipcase. Captures the Deco "modern" design of the times. SOLD
 


31. [DESIGN] TAKESHITA Kinchô, artist. SENBA MANBA. Kyoto, Uchida, Shôwa 10 [1935]. 2 orihon folding albums color woodblock-printed wave patterns. Each 30.7 x 22.4 cm., decotaed silk over board covers. 40 pp. of designs. Visually reminiscent of Sekka's great design book KAIRO, done about 30 years earlier. A del uxe production, very good in the original publisher's clasped chitsu case with printed paper title label.    86598   SOLD.









32. [DESIGN - Matchbox] TOKUSEN KÔKYÛ RINHYÔ ZUANSHÛ Dai-jû-go [#10]. NP, ND [Japan, 1959?]. 18.7 X 27.5 cm. Interesting salesman's sample book of designs for matchbox labels. Stiff wrappers. There are 14 pp of "photographic" designs, 20pp. of relief priting on crepe paper designs and 20 pp. of offset designs. Over 200 designs for 8.5 x 5.5 and 3.7 x 5.5 cm sizes. A bit loose in its binding. Overall, a good copy of this very scarce and ephemeral catalogue. SOLD





33. [DESIGN - Matchbox]. TOKUSEN KÔKYÛ RINHYÔ ZUANSHÛ Label Design Volume 13. NP, ND [Japan, 1962?]. 18.7 X 27.5 cm. 1p; 2pp; 1p.; + 43pp. + 1p. Very interesting salesman's sample book of designs for matchbox labels. Stiff wrappers. There are sections of relief printed designs, some on crepe paper, some on washi and a section of photographic labels, as well. With 14 paper samples. Over 200 designs for 8.5 x 5.5 and 3.7 x 5.5 cm sizes. Overall, a good copy of this very scarce and ephemeral catalogue. SOLD

 


34. [DESIGN]. TOKUSEN KÔKYÛ RINHYÔ ZUANSHÛ Label Design Volume 14. NP, ND [Japan, 1963?]. 18.7 X 27.5 cm. 1p; 2pp; + 47pp. Very interesting salesman's sample book of designs for matchbox labels. Stiff wrappers. There are sections of relief printed designs, some on crepe paper, some on washi and a section of photographic and offset-printed labels, as well. Over 200 designs for 8.5 x 5.5 and 3.7 x 5.5 cm sizes. Overall, a good copy of this very scarce and ephemeral catalogue. SOLD

 






35. [DESIGN]. TOPPAN 65. NP [Japan, 1964]. 18.7 X 27.5 cm. 2p + 44pp. Very interesting salesman's sample book of designs for matchbox labels. Stiff wrappers. Relief printed designs for washi papers. Over 200 designs for 8.5 x 5.5 and 3.7 x 5.5 cm sizes. 8 paper samples. Overall, a good copy of this very scarce and ephemeral catalogue. SOLD

 


36. [DESIGN]. TOPPAN NO RINHYÔ Hachi [8]. NP, ND [Japan, 1957?]. 18.7 X 27.5 cm. 2p + 46pp. + 1p. Very interesting salesman's sample book of designs for matchbox labels. Rivet-bound in printed stiff covers. Nearly 200 designs for 8.5 x 5.5 and 3.7 x 5.5 cm sizes. Designs to be printed on washi Japanese paper. 9 paper samples in the back. Slight wear, overall a very good copy of this very scarce and ephemeral catalogue. SOLD




37. [DESIGN]. TOPPAN RINHYÔ Kyû [9]. NP, ND [Japan, 1958?]. 18.7 X 27.5 cm. 2p + 43pp. + 1p. Very interesting salesman's sample book of designs for matchbox labels. Stiff wrappers. Nearly 200 designs for 8.5 x 5.5 and 3.7 x 5.5 cm sizes. Designs to be printed on washi Japanese paper. 8 paper samples in the back. Slight wear, overall a very good copy of this very scarce and ephemeral catalogue. SOLD

 
38. [DESIGN]. TOPPAN TOTPAN LABELS & ORDER SEATS [SHEETS] 64. NP [Japan, 1964]. 18.7 X 27.5 cm. 1p + 40pp. +1p Very interesting salesman's sample book of designs for matchbox labels. Stiff wrappers. Relief printed designs for washi papers. Over 200 designs for 8.5 x 5.5 and 3.7 x 5.5 cm sizes. 11 paper smaples. Overall, a good copy of this very scarce and ephemeral catalogue. SOLD
 

39. Droppers, Garrett. JAPAN'S ENTRY INTO THE WORLD'S POLITICS and OTHER ESSAYS. A collection of nine essays, a mix of offprints and single articles printed 1894-1900, assembled by their author Garrett Droppers and bound together in one volume. Droppers' signature and date (January 1904) on ffep., and a handwritten title-page and table-of-contents. Almost all essays concern Japanese politics and economics but for an essay about Robert Louis Stevenson in an issue of The Harvard Monthly, which is bound-in in its entirety. In a worn binding of three-quarter brown leather with brown cloth sides that shows loss at head and tail and a cracked front hinge. The front board is still solidly attached, the contents are clean, and the volume is in good condition overall.SOLD
Contents:
1. `Japan's Entry into World Politics.' (International Monthly, I:2; February 1900, pp. 162-187)
2. `A Lecture Upon Some Old Japanese Economic Theories in the Light of Modern Theories.' (Transactions of the Asiatic Society oif Japan, XXIV, March 1896, pp. iii-xx)
3. `A Japanese Credit Association and its Founder [Ninomiya Kinjiro a.k.a Ninomiya Sontaku].' (Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, XXII: Part 1, July 1894, pp. 69-102)
4. 'Report on the Currency, Industry and Commerce of Japan.' (U.S. Bureau of of Foreign Commerce Special Consular Reports, XIII, 1896, pp. 334-361.)
5. `Population of Japan in the Tokugawa Period.' (Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, XXII, 1894, pp. 253-284.)
6. `Monetary Changes in Japan.' (Quarterly Journal of Economics, XII:2; January, 1898)
7. `Silver in Japan.' (Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, XXIII, 1895, pp. [v]-xxvi) Also, `Silver in Japan: An address delivered at the Public Hall, Yokohama, Wednesday Evening, February 27th, 1895' (N.p., n.p., [10] pp.)
8. `Gold Standard in Japan: An address delivered to the "Keizai Kyokai"(Economic Society) Saturday, February 20th, 1897.' (N.p., n.p., 7 pp.)
9. `Robert Louis Stevenson,' pp. 20-33 in The Harvard Monthly, IV:1; March, 1887)
 

40. [EARTHQUAKE]. NUMAZU JISHIN-KI. Manuscript, oblong, 13.5 x 19.1 cm. String-bound brown paper covers, 17sheets. 15 watercolor drawings and text. A record of the huge [8.4 magnitude] earthquake of the 11th month of 1854 [December 23, 1854], the Ansei-Tôkai quake, which destroyed many buildings and lives and was followed by a large tsunami estimated to have reached a height of 40-50 feet in some harbors. There was a Russian ship, the Diana, under Admiral Putyatin in the harbor at Shimoda, where it suffered so much damage from the tsunami that it soon sank.
The crew of the Diana came ashore and the Shogunate eventually directed shipbuilders in the town of Heda, to construct a Western-style schooner, the Heda, with help from the Russians, which the latter sailed back to Russian territory. That ship is known as the product of the first cooperative venture between the Japanese and a foreign power. The area around Heda later became the center of a modern shipbuilding industry.
Interesting and important as a record of the earthquake itself and the fate of the Diana and her crew, this manuscript is quite clean and well-preserved.SOLD
 

 

41. [EAST ASIAN TECHNOLOGY]. SUNG Ying-hsing. TENKO KAIBUTSU [T'IEN-KUNG K'AI-WU]. Osaka & Edo, Kawachiya Mohachi, Kashiwabaraya Saheii & Yamazaki Kimbei, Meiwa 8 [1771]. 9 volumes in three. This Japanese edition of the Ming era classic of Chinese technology was the earliest version by far available until the postwar period when a single copy of the original edition of 1637 was finally located. (See the translator's preface to the English translation: CHINESE TECHNOLOGY IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, Dover Pub., 1966, for more) Ours is remarkably clean copy of the Japanese edition, which, as it turns out, retained the elegant simplicity of the original Ming illustrations, which it captured faithfully. The Chinese text is printed with the diacriticals which make it possible to read in classical Japanese and there is a brief Japanese language preface.

In the original binding, fukuro-toji, with remains of the original printed paper title labels. With a nice early clasped chitsu. Good impression, very good condition copy of this classic text in the history of technology. SOLD

 


42. [EHON - BOTANICAL] Iwasaki Tsunemasa. HONSÔ ZUFU. 25.6 X 17.5 cm. [n.p, n.d. Taishô era, Japan] String-bound Japanese-style fukuro toji, 3 volumes from the printed series of 93 volumes (plus a 2 volume index).  A small part of Iwasaki's classic work of botanical classification, which was begun in woodcut, then continued in manuscript form during the mid-19th Century. It was finally edited by Shirai and published in final form, printed by color woodblock, in 1920-22. [See Bartlett & Shiohara for much more on this important work] The volumes here included are: Volumes 27, 28 & 29. The impressions and condition are very good. Very lovely group.
$1,500.00

 



43. [EHON - SHUNGA] Utagawa KUNISADA. ENSHOKU SHINA SADAME. n.p., n.d. [Edo, c. 1850's]. 3 vols., string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji. Printed paper covers with original printed title labels. 25.2 X 18.1 cm. For much on this important and representative work, see Roger Keyes' recent ehon catalog at the NYPL, pp. 226-229. In a fitted wooden box. Frankly, not as pristine a copy as the Spencer collection copy, with a bit of external wear to the covers and some slight internal thumbing, but still a lovely copy of this late Edo shunga. The decorative use of drapery and flat bold colors is Kunisada at his most representative in this genre. 3 vols. complete. SOLD




44. [EHON] Itô Chûta. ASHURA CHÔ. Tokyo: Kokusui Shuppansha, (Arata Eisuke), Taishô 10 [1921]. 5 volumes complete. Bound in printed cloth over [25.6 x 21.4 cm] boards with thongs. Entitled (roughly) "Demon Sketchbook". The Asuras of the title are the warrior gods of Indian religion, condemned to constant strife. The book is a deeply bitter and ironic look at the politics and social scene of the World War I era, not only in Japan itself, but around the world. As such it is an amazing slice of life during and after the world war from the unique perspective of a Japanese humanist given to Swiftian excess. The author (and illustrator), Itô Chûta, was an architect and gifted caricaturist. The printer/publisher was a bit of an ironist himself, as the closing note mentions that his "National Purity Publications" ["Kokusui Shuppansha"] did not quite embody the usual "National Purity" which was being bruited about. Obviously this work is a product of Taishô liberalism. Ten or so years earlier or later, it would have never reached the light of day in a less tolerant political atmosphere. There are 500 pages of plates, each is one-half color woodcut caricature and one-half wry commentary in a combination of letterpress and woodcut calligraphy. Well-printed and interesting, the full set of 500 plates in five volumes - with the original clasped cases - is quite a find, as one only occasionally finds even odd volumes. The cases are a bit chipped, the outer boxes very unusual, the contents are quite clean, in very good overall condition. $2,950.00
 

45. [EHON] Katsukawa SHUNSHÔ. SAYAMA-RYÛ SANJÛ-ROKKASEN. Temmei 9, [1789] Kyoto: Katsumura Jiemon; Osaka: Shibukawa Yozaemon; Edo: Yamazaki Kimbei. 29.3 x 20.4 cm. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. The 36 poetic geniuses are here depicted with examples of calligraphy from the Sayama school by Sayama himself and with his seven page introduction. The 36 lovely figures are preceded by a portrait of Dainagon Kintô the editor who had created the 36 poet canon centuries before. This work comes from the end of Shunshô's life and represents a fitting coda to his production in printed books. The colors are subtle, the printing by Shunpûdô Ryûko is exquisite with much karazuri and like effects. This copy was probably printed a bit after the very earliest impressions which had patterns printed "under" the calligraphed entries, but the blocks are still very fresh and the colors seem earlier than those of the copy Roger Keyes described at Item 381 in his catalogue of the Beatty collection. Thus our copy is probably from the mid-1790's. A remarkably scarce book, much less commonly found than the Shunshô and Shigemasa 100 poets album, and, to my mind, at least its equal, if not its superior. There are a few virtually invisible paper repairs, else internally very clean and lovely. There is no title label. Overall, a lovely and very unusual book. See Binyon & Sexton 11, Duret 131, KSSM v.3 795-4. SOLD



FROM ARTHUR WESLEY DOW'S LIBRARY

46. (EHON) KAWANABE Kyôsai [Gyôsai] GYÔSAI GADAN. Tokyo: Iwamoto Shun, Meiji 20 [1887]. 25.4 x 17.6 cm. 4 volumes, string-bound Japanese-style in printed covers with paper labels. All in a folding clasped chitsu box with a colorful woodblock printed label. Printed in sumi and light colors throughout. This famous artist's autobiography and copybook provides a remarkable insight into the world of the traditional arts in mid-Meiji Japan by their foremost practitioner. Though this work is not uncommon, the impressions in this copy are very good (Conder's heron has most of its fine detail). There is splitting and crude repair of the box hinges but the book itself is a very good copy. Almost certainly from the library of Arthur Wesley Dow, with his library label and number. As issued: $2,450.00
 



47. [EHON] [Nakayama SÛGAKUDÔ]. Shasei SHIJÛ-HACHI TAKA GAJÔ. Tokyo, et al., Hakubunsha, 1888. 36 x 23.2 cm. Orihon folding album, in cloth-covered boards with printed paper title label, of 48 color woodcut images of birds and flowers after designs done by Sûgakudô, an important student of Hiroshige, for a series of prints printed circa 1860. This set from recut blocks was printed under the supervision of Nagao Keihitsu, for the publishing house Hakubunsha. Clearly, the same team of skilled engravers and printers who had worked on Taki Katei's album of birds, done at the same time for Hakubunsha, worked on this album as well. The images are titled in both English and Japanese. The printing is exquisite, the colors lovely, in excellent impression and condition. Complete, as issued. Very scarce and lovely work. SOLD



48. [EHON] Ôta Saburô, artist. ASA GIRI Tokyo, Meiji 45 [1912]. 2 volumes, string-bound Japanese style, 19.1 x 13 cm. Each volume contains 35 color prints with a facing page of text. The prints appear to be a hybrid of lithography and color woodcut. [See Hillier's discussion of the book in his ART OF THE JAPANESE PRINTED BOOK]. These small volumes constitute a truly remarkable work and is an important example of the Japanese picture book genre produced in the twentieth century.

Our copy is in very good condition overall, with almost none of the foxed pages this book usually displays. It is enclosed in the original publisher's box with a printed title label and is one of the nicer copies we have seen. Unusual in such nice condition. Complete: $1,500.00



49. [EHON] Takeuchi Seihô, artist. SEIHÔ JÛNI FUJI. Kyoto: Yamada Naosaburô & Tanaka Jihei, Meiji 27 [1894] 22.7 x 32.5 cm Oblong orihon folding album of 12 full page color woodblocks with a one page preface and one page table of contents and a following colophon. In burlap cloth over boards covers with a silk title label. A very good copy of this work in good impressions and colors. [See Hillier's volume 2, p.991; Mitchell p.464; Brown p.202] [YR] SOLD






50. [EHON] Takeuchi Seihô, artist. SEIHÔ-GA HAKU HITSU JÛNISHI JO. n.p., n.p., n.d. [Kyoto & Tokyo: Yamada Unsôdô, c. 1910-1912] 37.4 x 25.5 cm Orihon folding album of 12 full page color woodblocks. In stiff paper over board covers with a printed paper title label. A clean copy in which the tiger and ox prints have paper repairs. A few worm holes. Good impressions and colors. This set of double oban size prints (with center fold) of the 12 animals of the Zodiac represents one of the scarcest and most desirable of all 20th century ehon. Takeuchi Seihô was a genius and his collaboration with Unsôdô a triumph. Mitchell did not see a copy but relied on the Ryerson description, Hillier did not see a copy. [Mitchell, p.464; Ryerson, p.428; Brown p.202] $1,850.00
 



51. [EHON] Tsuji HÔZAN, artist. BITCHÛ MEISHO ZUE [KÔ] 4 vols.. N.P. Gyokushô-en, Bunsei 5 [1822]. 26.4 x 18.5 cm. String-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji. Though the main copy catalogued in Mitchell is in 2 vols, hand cover-titled "KÔ", he acknowledges 4 volume copies as wel, cover-titled "ZUE", All internal titling of this work is "KÔ" & "Jô-Ge", as well, leading one to infer that the original form of this work was the 2 volume binding. With blue grey plain paper covers, 18 double page illustrations, lightly colored (more lightly and more toward the blue range than the 2 volume version we have seen) In very good condition, colors and impressions. Has an advertisement for Suharaya Mohei and many other Edo, Kyoto, Owari and Osaka booksellers laid onto the inside back cover. A very interesting and lovely work, at one time attributed to Suiseki, as the images are reminiscent of his work (and hence very good indeed), It has been established that Hôzan was not Suiseki, however, as his identity can be traced independently through contemporary sources. Complete, in a 20th century chitsu clasped case. Very scarce work. [SJ] $2,950.00
 

51A. [EHON] TSUTAYA JUZABURO, publisher.  MOMO SAEZURI. Published in Edo in Kansei 8 [1796]. Bound in orihon folding album style with stiff covers, handpainted, with the original printed title label. Hillier in his ART OF THE JAPANESE BOOK considers this one of the most famous of all kyôka anthologies and the Shunman print of the two bijin boarding a boat perhaps the best-known image of the genre. There are 6 prints in all, one each by Shôhô and Kahô Sanbei, two each by Tsutsumi Tôrin and Kubo Shunman. See the British Museum copy online at www.britishmuseum.org. This is a very nice printing in original condition.  There are several old worming repairs, but overall quite lovely still. A cornerstone of any ehon collection.                     $9,500.00


EARLY JAPANESE EDITION OF THE MUSTARD SEED GARDEN MANUAL

52. [EHON] Wang Kai, et al. KAISHIEN GADEN. Kyoto, 1753. 5 vols., 27.1 x 18.2 cm., original printed title labels and blindstamped patterned blue-green paper covers, string-bound Japanese-style fukuro toji. These volumes represent the first collection (shû) of the Japanese edition of the Chinese classic of illustrated book publication, the Mustard Seed Garden Manual [Chieh-tzu-yuan Hua-chuan], originally published in China in the mid-17th century. This is the first appearance in Japan of "collection one" of the Mustard Seed Garden Manual, titled as such, following a printing, also in Kyoto, of selections from "collection three" 5 years earlier. One of the earliest examples of color printing in Japan. This copy has some worming throughout but the overall condition is otherwise quite good. A close comparison of this set to that illustrated online by the NYPL, detailing the entire contents of their set from the Spencer collection, reveals some differences.....
Our copy has the same initial 7 sheets as the NYPL example in volume one, then ours includes a grass-written 4 sheet, 8 page preface which is found nowhere in the NYPL example, dated zodiacally to 1701 (the issuance date of the first complete Chinese edition.) The NYPL version then has the volume two (?) 2 pp contents pages inserted. Again both sets follow along for the following 21 sheets of text but then the NYPL volume is missing sheets 22 through 27. Volume two is identical in the two versions. In volume three, our copy is missing the first two sheets of the 30 sheets of illustrations, 4 images in all. Save for some minor page transpositions, volumes 4 and 5 are identical in both examples. Also, these last two are the volumes with color illustrations and our colors are employed with very little bokashi shading and a much milder palette was used. Not all seals are the same and in some cases, our version has seals where the NYPL copy does not. Overall, the NYPL copy has very slightly earlier, better impressions, though ours are quite good. The colophons are identical, save that ours credits the extra bookseller Yoshida Kanbei in "Kôto" an alternate name for Kyoto. It would seem that Harvard/Yenching library has a single volume of the GARDEN, published by Yoshida Kanbei in Kansei 12 [1800]. I would assume our example was issued some time in the second half of the 18th century.
A very lovely and important example illustrative of the influence Chinese aesthetics had on Japan in the 18th century, despite the absence of much official or even commercial interaction. Very unusual. SOLD

53. [EHON] YAMASHIRO MEISHO FÛGETSU SHÛ. Kyoto, Torii Matashichi, Meiji 18 [1885]. 2 vols., complete, 26 X 17 cm. Yellow blindstamped pattern covers, printed paper title labels, string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro toji. Based on a reworking of the blocks from the 1861 work, TAMA HIROI, here with different preliminaries and finals, different haiku poems and reordered images with additions. Hence, not a reprint but a recreation of that late Edo era masterpiece, brought forward into Meiji. Very good condition, impressions, color. Complete. See Mitchell 551-2. SOLD
 





54. Gardiner, Robt. S. JAPAN AS WE SAW IT. Boston: Copyrighted by the Author; designed, engraved, and printed by Rand Avery Supply Company, 1892. First edition. Many small monochrome illustrations sprinkled throughout the text, and a color folding map (45x45 cm.) at the end: 'Japan (omitting Yezo) corrected to March 1st, 1892,' with small inset maps of Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiogo and Kobe. [2],135 pp. Small quarto. 21x16 cm. Original brightly illustrated paper wrappers bound into a flexible leather binding; only the leather is worn and chipped, and the front leather cover is detached. Ex-library, with a bookplate on front pastedown and no other marks. A bright and clean copy within, but offered as is due to the failure of the flexible leather binding. Conceived and written to be used as a practical guide to visiting Japan, it contains what must have been much useful information at the time of its publication. SOLD

55. GREY, L. J. H., Colonel THE INDIA OF THE FUTURE AND ITS DEFENCE. A new edition, greatly enlarged up to 1910, of THE INDIA OF THE FUTURE (1907). With a Preface by Lieut.-General Sir Edmond R. Elles. London: William Clowes & Sons, Ltd., 1911. Reprinted from the UNITED SERVICE MAGAZINE. xii,[2],167 pp. 8vo., red cloth with gilt stamping to cover and spine. Some staining and spotting to exterior, spine darkened, interiors clean and bright. A scarce volume in good condition. $125.00
 

56. GROPIUS, WALTER; KENZO TANGE. KATSURA: TRADITION AND CREATION IN JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1960. Photographs by Yasuhiro Ishimoto with book design by Herbert Bayer. Illustrated throughout with floorplans and drawings of the Katsura Palace with many photographs and essays by the two authors. Pages and clean and bright, dust jacket bears small scuffs and has had the price removed. Heavy patterned, silkscreened blue cloth cover the boards. A fine copy. SOLD
 

57. (GUIDE-BOOK). TERRY'S GUIDE TO THE JAPANESE EMPIRE including Korea and Formosa, with chapters on Manchuria, the Trans-Siberian railway, and the chief ocean routes to Japan. A handbook for travelers. With 8 specially drawn maps and 21 plans. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1914. First edition. 12mo., red cloth lettered in gilt, spine in gilt. cclxxxiii + 799pp + ads. All edges marbled, ribbon book marks bound in. Just about a fine copy, clean and bright. $175.00
 

58. HARADA, Y. EXPLANATORY NOTES ON SEN-OKU SEI-SHO or The Collection of Old Bronzes of Baron Sumitomo. Part II, Ancient Mirrors. 3vols. [89 p.] [119p.] 42p. This set includes a volume of captions in english for the two illustrated volumes. The two longer volumes include Chinese text and 100 illustrations. Bound in the Asian style with blue paper covers. Enclosed in a case. $800.00
 

FROM THE WICKED LORD'S LIBRARY
 

59. HERBERT, Thomas. SOME YEARES TRAVELS INTO DIVERS PARTS ASIA AND AFRIQUE. Describing especially the two famous Empires, the Persian, and great Mogull ... As also, many rich and spatious Kingdomes in the Orientall India, and other parts of Asia; together with adjacent Iles ... With a revivall of the first Discoverer of America. Revised and Enlarged by the Author. London: Printed by R. Bip. for Iacob Blome and Richard Bishop, 1638.
Second edition, revised and enlarged, four years after the first. Engraved title-page and numerous copper plates in text, including some maps. Small folio. 28 x 18 cm. [10],256,259-364,[14] pp. Old and worn Cambridge panel style boards, rounded at corners, have been recently and skillfully rebacked with matching brown calf and a red gilt-lettered label on spine. Pagination is confused in a couple of place, but the text is complete and continuous throughout. Text leaves are age toned and show occasional light soiling and/or foxing. Engraved title-page shows some loss at top-edge with an old paper repair on verso filling the gap. Another leaf has an old paper too: P4 has been remargined along the fore-edge without any loss but for the page number on recto. 2I2 has a closed tear at top edge.
Armorial bookplate of William Byron (1722-1798), the fifth Lord Byron, uncle to the poet and popularly known as the'Wicked Lord,' on the front pastedown and with two Byron family ink ownerships within. Another bookplate on front pastedown, that of Charles Benjamin Farwell (1823-1903), U.S. Representative and Senator from Illinois, with his ink ownership on p. 1.
Herbert's narrative, written in a lively and agreeable style, and containing much that is interesting and curious, was an immediate popular success. It went through four editions in his lifetime, as well as being translated into Dutch and French. Herbert's is the only detailed first hand account of the first English Embassy to Persia in 1626/7, led by Sir Dodmore Cotton, and as such is important. It also contains accounts of the many other places that were visited along the way: Cape of Good Hope, Madagascar, Surat, Madeira, Tenerife, Angola, Siam, Mauritius and Borneo, with many digressions by the way into historical and geographical topics. Before returning to England in 1629, Herbert coasted the eastern shores of North America, which he describes on pp. 355-362, and proposes a theory that America was discovered three hundred years before Columbus by the Welshman Madoc ap Owen!
References: Cox I, p. 248; D.N.B.; Graesse III, p. 246; Lowndes ("new edition" 1871) II, p. 1049; Sabin 31471: the 4th ed.; STC (2nd ed.) 13191. SOLD
60. HIRANO, CHIE. THE MAKING OF JAPANESE PRINTS AND THE HISTORY OF UKIYO-E: reprinted from Kiyonaga, A Study of His Life and Works. 57p. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1939. Stapled with paper covers. $60.00
 

61. HIROSHIGE. Hiroshige Hitsu TÔKAIDÔ. Kyoto, Meiji 39 [1906]. Small, 25.3 x 18.3 cm. A postcard album of the 53 Stations of the Tôkaidô. each postcard mounted so that a full description accompanies the image. The postcards themselves are very clean and the album is complete. The printed cloth covers are quite worn. A nice presentation of this canonical work. SOLD
 

62. HOLITSCHER, ARTHUR. PEKING. Berlin: Albertus-Verlag, 1928. 200p. Absolutely exquisite photographs of Peking at the turn of the century. Introduction in German, with captions in German, English, French & Spanish. front end papers have ownership inscription and some foxing. Jacket is missing segments of both front and rear lower edges. Front board is warped. Photographs are clean and are beautifully printed insight into the people and city of Peking around the turn of the century. A good copy. SOLD
 





63. HORIGUCHI Daigaku, editor. JISEISO #2. Tokyo, Jiseiso Dôjin-kai, "Hibaihin [Hors Commerce]", Shôwa 10 [1935].Horiguchi (1892-1981) was an important translator of French literature into Japanese all through the 20th century, especially influential between the wars. This is a little "high-style" or"bonton" magazine whose title means approximately that. With 20 pages of half-tone illustrations by contemporary fashion photographers, as well as essays and poems capturing "high-style." The Jiseiso group was made up of merchants in high-end shops in Kyoto, catering to the wealthy and progressive elements of the community, who gave this lovely little magazine away for free. It is interesting to note that the kanji characters that make up the tile "jiseiso" were actually used at the very beginning of the 19th century by Shikitei Samba and Utagawa Toyokuni, in the title of their wonderful picture book on the mores and fashion of the time, EHON IMAYO SUGATA. So the title of this magazine quite cleverly and elegantly, using the medium of the written word, combines an homage to the past with an up-to-date sensibility. The cover and graphics are by Kurota Senkichiro [1904-1982]. With some foxing to the covers and contents, else very good. Scarce. SOLD
 

64. HORIGUCHI Daigaku, editor. JISEISO #3. Tokyo, Jiseiso Dôjin-kai, "Hibaihin [Hors Commerce]", Shôwa 10 [1935]. With some foxing to the covers and contents, else very good. Scarce. SOLD
 





65. HORIGUCHI Daigaku, editor. JISEISO #7. Tokyo, Jiseiso Dôjin-kai, "Hibaihin [Hors Commerce]", Shôwa 12 [1937]. With some foxing to the covers and contents, else very good. Scarce. SOLD
 

66. HUC, M. TRAVELS IN TARTARY, THIBET, AND CHINA. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 1900. Second reprint edition. Two volumes in one. 8vo., blue cloth, t.e.g.; xviii + 326pp. + 334pp. + adds. A near fine copy. $60.00
 

67. HURLIMANN, MARTIN. INDIEN BAUKUNST, LANDSCHAFT UND VOLKSLEBEN. BERLIN: VERLAG ERNST WASMUTH A.G., 1928. Bound in birght orange cloth with gilt-stamped boards & spine. FPEP bears ownership inscription. Jacket is somewhat faded and has some small chips and tears, includes photograph pasted to front. Multi-lingual captions with introductory text in German. Interiors are clean and photographs are vivid. A very good copy. $200.00
 

68. ITAGAKI Takao & HORINO Masao. YÛSHÛSEN NO GEIJUTSU Shakaigaku-teki Bunseki. Tokyo, Tenninsha, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 181+ pp. 20.3 x 15.7 cm, bound in yellow cloth. This book, roughly translated as THE ART OF THE LUXURY OCEAN LINER, A Sociological Analysis, is a fascinating and important work of criticism. A combination of the work of Itagaki, the first critic of avant-garde phtography in Japan and Horino, whose important photographic work appears here in a book for the first time, it is a rare book, indeed. There are some 120 halftone photo-illustrations and a photomontage dustwrapper, printed in black and red. The book itself is good, with a bit of soiling to the covers, the dustwrapper has some loss. Without the original printed slipcase. SOLD


69. [JAPANESE PAPERMAKING] GÔTÔ Seikichiro. KAMI NO TABI. Tokyo, Bijutsu Shuppansha. Shôwa 39 [1964]. Large oblong folio in washi covers, 33.5 x 44.3 cm. #279 of 300cc. Illustrated beautifully in katazome throughout. The illustrations as well as the text are by Gôtô, a fine artist as well as one of the most eminent scholars of Japanese papermaking. Besides the textual illustrations there are a large number of full page color prints which are lovely indeed. Paper samples are tipped in, the book is printed on handmade paper, bound in it and enclosed in it, as the clasped case is washi over boards, as well. The text, in Japanese, is scholarly, succinct and informative. All in all, a truly remarkable work. A fine copy without the foxing which sometimes mars this work. SOLD
 



70. [JAPANESE POSTER] Asahi Shimbunsha. DAICHÔWA-TEN. 60.8 X 42.5 cm. An attractive prewar poster from 1928, that shows a lovely nude from behind, advertising a painting exhibition held at the Asahi newspaper building. Very good condition, subtle coloring, bright and clean. $375.00
 







71. [JAPANESE POSTER]. GOGATSU NINGYÔ CHINRETSU. [AN EXHIBITION OF DOLLS FOR MAY] 76 x 53 cm. Full color prewar Japanese poster advertising an exhibition of dolls for Boys Day, with a blank space where the local shop could brush in the date and place of the exhibition. With minor closed edgetears. SOLD
 
 






72. [JAPANESE POSTER] NIPPON BEER. EBISU SAPPORO GA KAIMEI SHIMASHITA. 34.5 x 74 cm., Interesting graphic in black and white of beer bottles. "Ebisu and Sapporo have changed their name." All the beer bottles are labeled "Nippon Beer". Most probably dating to the late 1940's, when such a (temporary) name change was made. a stain at one corner of the poster, else very good condition.SOLD
 








73. [JAPANESE POSTER] Ôsaka Mainichi Shimbunsha. KAGAYAKU NIPPON DAIHAKURANKAI [THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF BRILLIANT JAPAN] & KAGAYAKU NIPPONHAKU Annaiki. The poster was printed by Osaka Seihan printing company in their patented high-quality "HB" process, which they used to reproduce the effect of color woodblock, etc. With an (unread) artist's seal. Dated on the recto April/May 1936 this large poster (60.8 X 107 cm.) displays bold colors and near abstract design which shows the progress of Japanese industry as a freighter ship evolves pictorially in ascent through a great gear wheel, to an airplane, and then a skyscraper with pennants, all mediated by repeated circular images of a golden sun and red sun akadama images from the national flag. Considering its size, the fragility of the paper and its age, the edgewear and creasing, along with a bit of foxing, leaves this piece still unusually clean and bright with older backing and color restoration. Presents very well. Perhaps the most interesting and arresting piece of industrial art design from its time we have seen in a poster format.
The accompanying large 8vo. brochure in color wraps is the guidebook for the Exposition. Printed as a revised edition at the time of the show, 1936. Illustrated internally with b+w photo illustrations of exhibits, ceremonies, etc., etc. The rear cover reproduces the very poster that we are offering here. The guidebook is quite worn, with some paper repairs. Very scarce and interesting combination of these ephemeral items from Japan's prewar golden age of design. $2,950.00
 



74. [JAPANESE POSTER]. REKISHI WO HOKORU NITTÔ BÔSEKI NO PARAMAKKUSU ["Paramax" by Nitto Spinning shows pride in our past] A colorful prewar poster, 83.4 x 51 cm, weaves patriotism and salesmanship into a single image of a modern woman draped in a flowing length of synthetic (silk-like?) fabric. A few small closed edgetears. SOLD
 






75. [JAPANESE POSTER] Victor Records. Kabukigeki SHINSARAYASHIKI. 79 X 36 cm. Prewar poster advertising a recording of a modern Kabuki play, the "(new) Plate Mansion" the cast of which included Okami Kikugoro. The image is of the missing and broken) plate alluded to in the title. Very good condition with a few slight closed edgetears, else bright and clean. $285.00
 






76. [JAPANESE POSTER] Victor Records. KARUMEN. 79 X 36.3 cm. Lovely prewar poster advertising a recording of Bizet's CARMEN, as performed at the Paris Comic Opera. Foreground is picture of Carmen, herself, on stage. With closed edgetears, else bold, bright and clean. $675.00
 







77. [JAPANESE POSTER] Victor Records. TOYOTAKE KONIN TAIYU. 79 X 36.3 cm. Lovely prewar poster advertising a recording of a Jôrûri puppet play gidaiyu reciting for the play NOZAKI MURA [NOZAKI VILLAGE]. The image is of a lovely (albeit a bit cross-eyed) beauty in lavish hair and costume. Very good condition with a few slight closed edgetears, else bold, bright and clean. $375.00
 








78. [KABUKI] Utei Enba, author & Katsukawa Shuntei, artist. Hana no Edo Kabuki NENDAIKI 9 volumes in 10, [KSSM 6-654-2] Osaka & Edo, Kawachiya Tasuke, Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon, Tsuruya Kiemon, Bunka 8 [1811]. 22.3 x 15.6 cm. All title labels present, original blue covers with blind-stamped vegetal roundels. An year-by-year record of the history of kabuki, covering the time from 1624 to 1810. Written by the humorist, poet and racounteur Utei Enba and illustrated by Katsukawa Shuntei, the ukiyo-e artist, in sumi-e black and white woodblock, this is a vital guide to this popular theatre art form as it developed during the Edo period. A good early edition (the title page identifies this as being printed in 1815). The covers are clean and original, the printing ranges from fair to very good with most of the impressions being good. A few stains internally, a few images in the last two volumes with some applied colors. Complete. SOLD
 


79. Kidder, J. Edward. PREHISTORIC JAPANESE ARTS: JOMON POTTERY. Tokyo, Japan & Palo Alto, CA, USA: Kodansha International Ltd., 1968. First Edition. 308p. Large cloth covered volume with gilt-stamped spine and front board with additional silkscreened illustration to front board. Jacket has creases and small tears along top edge, else good. Interiors are bright with tight binding. An exhaustive study with 17 colorplates and many more black and white photo illustrations. $140.00
 


80. KITASONO, KATUE. BLACK RAIN. Diver's Press, 1954. 12.5 x 16 cm. paper wrappers, browning, as usual, to covers. Handset in Menhart type, and printed by Mossen Alcover in Palma de Mallorca. Contains four color illustrations by the author. 1st edition. Very good condition. SOLD
 







81. (KIYONAGA). KIYONAGA. A study of his life and works. With a portfolio of plates in color and collotype. By Chie Hirano. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1939. 4to., grey cloth; viii + 545pp. Slight soiling, else near fine. This copy is complete with the huge portfolio of plates published by the museum in the same year. With eight color woodblock facsimiles printed by Watanabe and the 138 collotype plates. This massive and remarkable work is the only catalogue raisonne of a Japanese artist done in English, and still the best work done on Kiyonaga in any language. The text volume is near fine and the portfolio of plates is very good. Useful. SOLD
 

KOREAN-JAPANESE RELATIONS IN 1882
 

82. [KOREA - PRINTS] Satô Sanjirô. CHÔSEN DENPÔROKU. Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Meiji 15 [1882]. 18.8 x 24.7 oblong chûban size color woodblock prints, Number 1 through Number 12. A pictorial report on the army rebellion in Korea, which included anti-Japanese violence and the supposed murder by suicide of the pro-Chinese Korean Queen Min (as it turned out, an attendant had died in her stead and she returned to the palace, only to be assassinated by Japanese agents 16 years later). Interesting pictorial juxtaposition of the Westernizing Japanese and their traditionally garbed and equipped neighbors. An important moment in East Asian modern history, captured here in these ephemeral and scarce objects of popular media. In near fine condition, good impressions. 12 sheets. SOLD
 



83. [MAGAZINE] MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi. LA TEATRO TEATORO V.1 #1. Tokyo, Shôwa 9 [1934] Large 8vo., 74pp of text with some illustrations and decorations. Devoted to the new theatre with many essays by its leading proponents. The front cover was designed by Tomoyoshi and reflect his dual commitment to the theatre and to the avant-garde. The design harkens back to some of hs design work for MAVO magazine a decade earler. There is a bit of wear and toning to the covers, the interior is browned throughout, but overall a very nice copy of this almost unobtainable piece of prewar ephemera. The first [and only?] issue published.   SOLD

 

 

84. (Markino Yoshio, artist). "THE DARLING OF THE GODS." London, 1903. 16.2 x 22.7 cm, pictorial paper-covered boards, bound accordion style. This keepsake, illustrated by the famous expatriate Japanese artist "Mr. Yoshimo [sic] Markino", is dated "Monday, December 28th, 1903, and every evening at 8:15". Other copies we have seen of this souvenir were issued in commemoration of the 100th performance of this play, which had been written by David Belasco and John Luther Long. This appears to be a different, earlier issue of the work, commemorating the opening of the play in 1903. As a piece of Japonaiserie, it is remarkable. Done in color lithography with some hand coloring, there are 7 double-page images, each 32 x 22.5 cm when opened out. The color printers, J.Miles and Co. of London, as indicated by a stamp on the back cover, in their effort to duplicate the effect of a Japanese crepe paper book (itself, ironically, a Japanese reaction to Japanese-influenced Western art), have imitated a crepe texture pattern (with blind-stamping?) in the paper surface! This piece is truly a product of its age, a tour de force of turn of the century cultural interaction between Japan and the West. The covers of this copy are relatively clean and imperceptibly strengthened, yet it is in very good condition overall and the images are quite striking. An interesting and ephemeral item. SOLD
 
 
 
 
 
 

85. McMALL, JOHN E. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PUBLICATIONS ON JAPANESE PRINTS OF THE TOKUGAWA PERIOD. New York: Self-Published. Stalpled with tan paper covers. printed typewritten manuscript bibliography completed for a course at New Yrok University. 82 pages on front side only. hinge is worn and paper covers have tears in spine. Interiors clean and unmarked. SOLD
 

86. [MEDICINE] ADACHI Buntaro. DAS ARTERIENSYSTEM DER JAPANER; DAS VENENSYSTEM DER JAPANER; DAS LYMPHGEFASSSYSTEM DER JAPANER. Kyoto 1928-53. 5 large folio volumes, based on Adachi's meticulous anatomical studies. They are accepted as the definitive work done on vascular anatomy. Yet, Adachi (1865-1945), is not known in Japan primarily as an anatomist at all, but as an anthropologist, exploring the somatic differences in racial groupings - hence his title "The Arterial System of the Japanese", etc. Current opinion in Japan holds that he produced his works to demonstrate the fallacy of such racialists as Quatrefages and Broca, whose anthropological theories tried to codify racial heirarchy. There have also been arguments that he sought to free anatomy in Japan from both European and Chinese influences, to show a specific "Japanese anatomy" existed. In both senses, Adachi is at the core of the development of the modern mythology of race. He is also, interestingly enough, a superb and tireless scientist and researcher. The 2 volumes of the set on the Arterial System were published in 1928, the Venous System, also in 2 volumes, appeared in 1933 and 1940 and the final volume appeared as DER DUCTUS THORACICUS DER JAPANESE posthumously in 1953. It was edited and brought to publication by Kihara Takusaburo, who was a professor of anatomy at Kyoto University, along with Adachi. The first 4 volumes are bound in buckram (volume 3 & 4 have the original wrappers bound in) and the last is in its original wrappers, fine throughout. The set has the ownership signature of Edward A. Edwards, M.D. of Harvard University. SOLD
 

87. MITFORD, A.B. TALES OF OLD JAPAN. With illustrations drawn and cut on wood by Japanese Artists. (Macmillan's Colonial Library). London: Macmillan and Co, 1894. 8vo, blue cloth; 383pp. + ads. at endpapers. Ink ownership. A bit of foxing at endpapers, overall very good. $65.00
 

88. NITOBE Inazo. BUSHIDO The Soul of Japan. Tokyo: Teibi Publishing Company, 1908. xiv, 177pp. Blue cloth. Offsetting from newspaper on front endpapers. Overall very good. $45.00
 

89. OATEN, Edward Farley. EUROPEAN TRAVELLERS IN INDIA DURING THE FIFTEENTH, SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES; THE EVIDENCE AFFORDED BY THEM WITH RESPECT TO INDIAN SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS, & THE NATURE & INFLUENCE OF INDIAN GOVERNMENTS. London: Kegan Paul Trench Trübner and Company Limited, 1909. First edition. xiv,[2],274p. 8vo., maroon cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Small bookplate on front pastedown. Cloth shows general shelfwear and hinges are starting, but text is clean. A scarce title in very good condition. $95.00
 

90. OKAKURA, Yoshisaburo. THE JAPANESE SPIRIT. With an introduction by George Meredith. London: Archibald Constable and Company, Ltd., 1905. First edition. 132 pp. Octavo, green cloth, gilt title at spine, decorative panel printed in two colors to upper board. Faint spotting to cloth, with some light wear at crown, and corners. Internally clean. Very good. $50.00
 

91. O'MALLEY, L. S. S. GAZETTEER OF THE DARJEELING DISTRICT. Calcutta: The Bengal Secretariat Book Depot, 1907. 231p. 8vo bound in blue cloth with blind stamping to boards and gilt spine. Includes color map in rear pocket. slight warping. $95.00
 

92. ONCHI Kôshiro. LOVING SERVICE SEAL HANGA. 28.3 X 21.2 CM. Tokyo: The Central Community Chest of Japan, Inc., (1953). The front and back covers of this pamphlet are color woodblock prints by Onchi. There is a text folder inside by Onchi enclosing 10 small woodblock print seals by the noted "Creative Print" artists Kitaoka Fumio and Shinagawa Takumi, each captioned on a separate sheet. Extremely unusual work rarely found in any condition but here complete and very clean. One of the last works issued by Onchi. About fine condition, fine impressions and colors. $1,600.00
 





93. ONCHI Koshiro. Shikashû NIHON SANSUI. Tokyo: Fugaku Honsha, Shôwa 21 [1946]. Edited by Inoue Tôbun, this wonderful illustrated collection of poetry on the natural beauty of Japan is a testament to the resiliency of Japanese culture, published as it was just a year after the end of the war. Creative Print movement artists were deeply involved in the Fugaku Honsha: Onchi Kôshiro did the binding (an original woodcut design), and Yamaguchi Susumu, Azechi Umetarô, and Maekawa Sempan contributed the color woodcut illustrations. The poets are distinguished, as well: Onchi, himself, Itô Sei, Kitahara Hyakushu, and many others. In fine condition, in a modern clasped chitsu case.   86592    $985.00

 

 

94. [PAPERMAKING] GOTÔ Seikichirô. NIHON NO KAMI (JAPANESE HAND-MADE PAPER) Vol.1 Northeastern Japan. Vol.2 Western Japan Bijutsu Shuppansha, Tokyo 1958, 1960. 42.3 x 26 cm, Folio in size, bound Japanese style. With many paper samples, illustrated throughout with katazome prints. Volume 1 has a Bi-lingual English and Japanese text detailing a journey to the main paper-making sites in Northeastern Japan undertaken in 1957 by Mr. Gotô, the foremost scholar of papermaking in the post war period. The second volume details a similar trip to Western Japan. Both volumes are signed in Kanji by Gotô and, volume one is #128, volume two is #89. (out of a edition of 200) Our volumes are both in their individual tied chitsu cacses. The chitsu of volume one is quite worn and has had its hinges strengthened. The books themselves are fine. A lovely set of this classic work, in the original outer shipping boxes. SOLD
 



95. [PERIODICAL] THE CHINESE REPOSITORY. Vol. V. - July, 1836 - No. 3. Canton, China: Printed for the Proprietors., 1836. A single issue, pamphlet format: Pages 97-144, side-sewn and glued into yellow printed wrappers. 23 x 13.5 cm. The text leaves and wrappers are clean and bight, but the paper is brittle. The result is mostly small chips and short closed-tears to most sheet edges and covers. Except for the front wrap and first two leaves that have a noticeable chip on fore-edges, and first text leaf has a long closed-tear, but no text loss. This issue is comprised of nine articles about Asam (p.97), Siamese history (p.105), Chinese education reform (p. 109), a sermon by the Rev. John Wilson about British sovereignty in India (p. 111), Flora Cochinchinesis (p. 118), relations of Great Britain with China (p. 123), relations of France with China (p. 132), a memorial to the Emperor of China proposing legalization and importation of opium (p.138), and a 'Journal of Occurrences' (p. 144). A very scarce item, offered as is. $125.00
 

96. PLANTE FÉBURE, J. M. ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO EAST JAVA. Weltevreden (Batavia): The Official Tourist Bureau, [?] 1908. Small photo-illustrations in text, + a large fold-out map of East Java in rear pocket. 89p. 17 x 10 cm. Bound in blue paper wrappers with title printed in gold ink. Wrappers are slightly faded and dulled, with some light soiling and dampstaining. A couple of ink corrections to text, otherwise clean. A very good copy with a near-fine map: crisp and clean, but just starting on one fold. Scarce. $150.00
 

97. [PREWAR DESIGN] ITAGAKI Takao. GEIJUTSUKAI NO KICHÔ TO JICHÔ. Tokyo, Rokubunkan, 1932. 4, 3, 425pp., 36 pages of photo plates. 21.2 x 15.3 cm. Bound Western-style in cloth, in the publisher's printed slipcase. Itagaki was the most important theorist of Modernism in the arts and design of the pre-war period in Japan, as well as being the father of the concept of "shinkô shashin" [modern photography]. A very uncommon and important treatise, the title of which could be translated as THE WORLD OF ART - ITS CONTEMPORARY CURRENT AND EDDIES. With a hint of discoloration and a bit of bowing to the covers, else very good or better in the soiled original slipcase. SOLD
 




 

99. SERISAWA Keisuke, artist. KATAZOME SHÔHINSHÛ 1,2. Osaka, Moriguchi Tarô, 1954, Shôwa 30 [1955]. 27 x 22.7. Mounted katazome stencil prints by their most famous 20th century practitioner. Volume one was printed in an edition of 100 copies, volume two in 200 copies. Both are orihon folding albums in stiff covers. The books themselves are very good, the original slipcases have been skillfully restored. The "shôhinshû" collection of small works (exlibris, matchbook covers and the like) eventually ran to 4 volumes. SOLD
 





100. SPROSTON, John Glendy. A PRIVATE JOURNAL OF JOHN GLENDY SPROSTON, U.S.N. Edited by Shi Sakanishi. Tokyo: Sophia University, 1940. Monumenta Nipponica Monographs, edited by Sophia University. This title is one in a special series on early American-Japanese relations as presented in documents connected with Commodore Perry's expedition. Illustrated. 122p. A tall octavo bound in red cloth with gilt-stamped lettering to spine and cover. Boards somewhat bowed, interiors clean, though the paper is lightly and evenly toned. Very good. $85.00
 

101. STAUNTON, Sir George. AN AUTHENTIC ACCOUNT OF AN EMBASSY FROM THE KING OF GREAT BRITAIN... Together with a relation of the voyage undertaken on the occasion by His Majesty's ship the Lion, and the ship Hindostan, in the East India Company's service, to the Yellow Sea, and Gulf of Pekin; as well as of their return to Europe; with notices of the several places where they stopped in their way out and home ... Taken chiefly from the papers of His Excellency the the Earl of Macartney ...; Sir Erasmus Gower ..., and of other Gentlemen in the several departments of the Embassy. In Three Volumes. London: Printed for G. Nicol, 1797.

First octavo edition, complete as issued in 3 volumes with 3 large fold-out maps engraved by B. Baker. Pp. xvi,429; xv,383; xvii,490 + [1] foldout leaf ('Appendix VII') inserted after p. 486. Worn contemporary bindings of diced calf with gilt lettering on spine: spines are darkened, joints are starting and/or split, and the leather is pulling away from the boards, with some rippling, creasing, and chipping. The blue endpapers have lifted in places revealing early 19th-century advertisements (for new medicine, surgery, and chemistry titles from the publisher Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme) that were used as lining. Bookblocks are sound and text leaves are clean but for some scant, light foxing and a couple of gatherings whose paper has toned. Bookplate on ffep in each volume.

Folding frontispiece map in each volume: 1. 'A General Chart on Mercator's Projection, to show the train of the Lion and Hindostan from England to the Gulf of Pekin in Chiana, and of the their return to England.' 42.5 x 62.5 cm. 2. 'A Sketch of a Journey from ZHE-HOL in TARTARY by land to PEKIN and from thence by water to HANG-TCHOO-FOO in CHINA,' by J. Barrow. 67 X 47.5 cm. Closed tear with an old paper repair on verso. 3. 'Sketch of a Journey from HANG-TCHOO-FOO to QUANG-TCHOO-FOO of CANTON in CHINA,' by J. Barrow. 65 x 46.5 cm. Two small closed tears mended on verso. (This edition, published in the same year and by the same publisher as the first two-volume quarto edition with the separate folio atlas of plates which was prepared at Government expense, is complete with only three maps as offered here.)

Although Macartney's embassy to install a resident British minister and establish trade relations with China was not successful, it collected much interesting information about contemporary Chinese manners and customs that is set forth in these volumes. Also of interest are the descriptions of the various places en route which were visited, including Madeira, Tenerife (Teneriff), Rio de Janeiro, St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha (Tristan d'Acunha), Amsterdam Island, Indonesia (Java & Sumatra), Vietnam (Cochin-China), etc.

References: BMGC 10056.dd.18; Cordier IV, 2383; Cox I, p. 344 (1st ed.); Graesse VI, p. 488; Lowndes ('New edition,' 1871), p. 2503. Rare. $2,750.00

 
102. STILL, John. Ancient Capitals of Ceylon. Historical Sketches & Guide. Colombo: H. W. Cave & Co. [1907.] 196p. bound in blue cloth with stamped title on front cover, small bookplate on FPEP. Includes foldout map. Threads on spine hinge starting to fray, short tearon front flyleaf, paper is brittle, but book is firm and in very good condition, though fragile. $300.00
 

103. TA-SHUN, Pai. CHINESE LYRICS. (Shanghai: Kelly & Walsh, 1916). Large 8vo, 39 pp. with 10 plates, string-bound in western-style case (white paper back, silk-covered boards) with minor soiling and wear. Some soil, internal string is broken. $85.00
 

104. (TIBET) THE OPENING OF TIBET. An Account of Lhasa and the Country and People of Central Tibet and of the Progress of the Mission Sent there by the English Government in the Year 1903-1904. Written, with the help of all the principle persons of the Mission, by Percival Landon, special correspondent of the "Times." Introduction by Colonel Younghusband. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1905. First edition. 4to., green cloth, lettered in gilt, t.e.g.; prelims. + 484 pp. A nice clean copy. near fine $115.00

105. [UNSÔDÔ] Sakai HÔ-ITSU, Suzuki KI-ITSU & Nakano KI-MEI. SHIKI NO HANA. Kyoto, Meiji 41 [1908] 10 volumes [18.8 X 27.9 cm], complete, bound orihon style in stiff paper covers with printed paper title labels. There are 2 spring, 4 summer, 3 autumn and 1 winter volumes, with a grand total of 237 (232 of which are double page images, approx. 24 X 32 cm, within printed borders) color woodblock prints of Japanese flowers. Identified in the introduction to each season, there is no printed text to mar the lovely color plates. After designs by eminent 19th century Rimpa artists, printed by Unsôdô while at the height of their considerable powers. This is a complete set in a clasped chitsu with printed set title label. Good impressions and colors which is almost never found complete nowadays. All in a near-new clasped chitsu case. A very nice example.    86578   SOLD


 

106. [UTAIBON]. KOÔ. Published in Saga in the mid-Keichô period [ca. 1610]. An utaibon, the text of a Noh play "Koô", with parts indicated and annotations for singing. One volume, complete. 23.9 x 18 cm. Original covers, cream, decorated with wonderful vegetal designs in white mica. Original title slip, with the name of the play, as above, in black on rough, light brown paper. Front endpaper blank, 18 pages of "kokatsuji" (early moveable type) text, last page blank. Books of this quality are called jôsei-bon, the second highest variety of these deluxe printings. They are "Kôetsu-bon" after Hon'ami Kôetsu (1558-1637), the founder of the Rimpa school and of the press where the utaibon were printed. The design on the cover is said to be by Suminokura Soan, his collaborator at the press. The multicolored paper (irokaeri-bon) was a feature of the jôsei-bon grade, along with the mica-printed covers.

It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of the Kôetsu-bon to the history of printing, not only in Japan but in the world as a whole.

The press where they were printed was located in a village outside Kyoto named Saga. Kôetsu, who was primarily a brilliant potter, and other like-minded artists, established a crafts village there, meaning to preserve and expand the intersection between traditional craft and high art, thus anticipating the Arts and Crafts movement by over 250 years. Eager to experiment with movable press printing and the effects possible with it they printed several classics, including the canonical ISE MONOGATARI and a number of titles from the canon of Noh theatre, like this one.

It should be noted that Kôetsu and Soan are considered the fathers of the decorative school of Japanese art, a school which later came to be known as the Rimpa school when Ogata Kôrin revived its popularity about a century later. Kôrin himself, Sakai Hô-itsu, Nakamura Hochû, even Kamisaka Sekka, all looked to Saga village as the well-spring of their creativity.

Finally, purely from the point of view of printing history, a very strong argument could be made that the Saga-bon books, being issued to a small circle of collectors, being hand-printed in 3 separate grade levels with the most deluxe of materials available at the time, and being designed and with cover decorations by Soan, one of the most important painters of his day, represented an anticipation of the livre d'artiste, a genre generally credited to William Blake in the 18th century.

Our copy is in truly extraordinary condition, near perfect in every way.

In a custom clasped chitsu case. SOLD

107. Willis, J. C. Ceylon: A Handbook for the Resident and the Traveller. Colombo Apothercaries' Co.: Peradeniya, Ceylon, 1907. 246p. 8vo. Hardcover in green cloth with gilt stamped cover and spine. Includes color fold-out map and fold out photograph of Colombo. includes many photo-illustrations throughout. small bookplate on FPEP. clean text. a very good copy. 125.00

 
108. WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd. THE JAPANESE PRINT. An Interpretation. Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour Company, 1912. First edition (trade). 8vo, tan paper-covered boards, stamped in blue and green. 8vo, 35pp. Slight edgewear and a bit of cover soiling. Overall, this is a tight, very good copy of a scarce item. $1,850.00
 








109. WRIGHT, G. N., the Rev. CHINA, IN A SERIES OF VIEWS FROM ORIGINAL SKETCHES, DISPLAYING THE SCENERY, ARCHITECTURE, SOCIAL HABITS OF THAT ANCIENT EMPIRE. Drawn, from original and authentic sketches, by Thomas Allom, Esq. With historical and descriptive notices by the Rev. G. N. Wright, M. A. VOL. I [& III, only]. London and Paris: Fisher and Son, & Co., n.d. [1843-1844]. First Edition. Volumes 1 and 3 only of a 4 volume set. Each volume is illustrated with 32 engravings, including vignette title-pages, for a total of 64 engravings. Wright's Preface in Volume 1 is dated July, 1843. Parts 1 and 3 of a "Life of Kang-He, Emperor of China" follow the main text in Volumes 1 and 3 respectively. Volume 1: 96,26 pp., + [4] publisher's advertisements. Volume 3: 68,(47)-72 pp., + [8] pp. publisher's advertisements dated October, 1844. Quarto. 27 x 21.5 cm. Publisher's red cloth binding with elaborate rococo chinoiserie design gilt-stamped to upper board and spine, a.e.g. Armorial bookplate (Wiliam Stuart Menzies, "fortem fors juvat") on front pastedowns. Bindings show general light soiling and shelfwear, and the gilt decoration has dulled. The top board of Volume 1 has small ink stain at one corner. Volume 3 has a bit of loss at crown and two small gouge marks on lower board. The condition of the plates varies. About half of the number are clean, while the other half show some scant to moderate light foxing, almost always in the margin. Text is clean. Complete copies of Volumes 1 and 3 in very good condition. References: Cordier I, 80; Lowndes (for the later 1871 'new edition') IV, 3002. SOLD
 

110. YATO, Tamotsu. NAKED FESTIVAL. New York and Tokyo: John Weatherhill Inc., 1968. bound in cloth spine with glossy paper covered boards. a few minor scuffs to dust jacket. contains 145 photographs of traditional japanese festivals. a fine copy. $145.00
 
 

 


111. Yoshimura Kô-ichiro, compiler. SÔSAKU MONYÔ-SHÛ. Published by Heibonsha [Tokyo], [Shôwa 8 (1933). Large cloth portfolio (13 5/8" X 18 3/4") with a laid-down color woodblock-printed cover design over navy blue cloth with ties. Contains a printed title page, 5 prefatory text pages and 50 large (13 1/2" X 18 1/2") color woodblock design prints, as well. Artists involved with the project include Wada Eisaku ((1874-1959), Shimada Kai, Wada Sanzo (1883-1967) and Watanabe Kôji. All were associated as teachers with the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (Eisaku was the President from 1932-5).

The title translates as A COLLECTION OF CREATIVE DESIGNS. These prints are in an interesting Deco style, totally Japanese and international in flavor, as well - perhaps not surprising considering the amount of Japanese influence there was in the International Deco movement of the period.

There is very slight browning and a bit of edge rumpling, to a few prints and to the prefatory material as well, but overall a very nice collection of design prints from an important school. One occsionally finds "orphan" prints but never the full set. OCLC lists only the National Diet Library copy. Very unusual.   SOLD

 
DOW'S WOODBLOCKS: "INFINITE CARE AND CRAFTSMANSHIP"

112. DOW, Arthur Wesley & Everett Stanley HUBBARD.  BY SALT MARSHES: PICTURES AND POEMS OF OLD IPSWICH. Ipswich: Privately rinted, 1908.  No. 103 of approximately 200. [32] pp. 8vo. Quarter brown coth (unmarked) with color illustrated (front cover only) paper covered boards. Covers worn but still attractive; interior near fine, small pencil numerals to front pastedown. Eight lovely color woodblock illustrations, with other monochrome and two color designs/headpieces. "BY SALT MARSHES is Arthur Wesley Dow's tribute to the old North Shore town of Ipswich, where he was born and spent most of his life, and to his boyhood friend, Everett Stanley Hubbard. It is a collaboration somewhat in the spirit of Meteyard, Carman and Hovey in their Vagabondia books, though Hubbard was undoubtedly a lesser poet and Dow a greater artist. BY SALT MARSHES is his masterpiece, and it is evident from the numerous sketches and proofs in the Ipswich Historical Society and the Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities - some dating back as far as 1895 - that it was a labor of love. Infinite care and craftsmanship were expended on every detail. The illustrations are color woodblock prints, such as Dow described in an article in MODERN ART (1896), entitled "Painting with Wooden Blocks." This was a technique Dow had discovered in the course of his study of Japanese art, and he was a master of it, using as many as four or five different blocks, accurately registered, thinly inked to show the grain of the wood, and printed in subtle gradations of tone to achieve a luminosity that effectively evokes the quality of the light on the marshes. Although the text is printed from small gothic type, the lettering on the cover and title page was also cut by hand in woodblocks, after the manner of Meteyard and Dawson-Watson's lettering for the COURIER INNOCENT (1897)." - Finlay, Artists of the Book in Boston, 1890-1910.   $9,500.00

113. UNGER, Mary E.  THE FAVORITE FLOWERS OF JAPAN Tokyo: T.Hasegawa, Meiji 44 [1911].  The third printing of the second English version of this catalogue. 24.5 x 18.2 cm., viii + 61pp.  Printed paper over boards.  Profusely illustrated catalogue of flowers, with an advertisement in back by L.  oehmer & Co., of Yokohama, an important exporter of flowers and bulbs.  FAVORITE FLOWERS is not creped, but it is beautifully illustrated in color  woodcut throughout and represents one of Hasegawa's loveliest creations. This copy is clean inside and out, well-colored and printed, about fine overall.                                             $575.00