Onchi, Sôsaku Hanga, Avant Garde

 

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1. [ARCHITECTURE, JAPAN] IWAI Takeyoshi & TAKEI Kiyoshi. KYÔGAI MINKA FU & KYÔGAI MINKA FU ZOKU-HEN. Kyoto, Benrido, Shôwa 9 [1934]. 2 printed cloth covered portfolios, 23.7 x 31.7 cm. The first series [here the original 1931 edition is republished to sell with the second series] has 110 black and white photographic images on 55 plates of Kyoto houses, the second series has 200 images on 100 plates. Both include introductory text sections which explain the plates and the first portfolio has useful English language notes written in pencil on the obverse of each plate. Lovely and useful as many if not most of these old "town houses" have subsequently disappeared - Kyoto has not been overly kind to its beautiful architectural history. The portfolios are complete and in very good condition. SOLD

 

 

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2. [AVANT-GARDE] KITAGAWA Kusahiko, author. ONNA NO NIOI TO KAORI. Tokyo, Shun'yôdô, Shôwa 6 [1931]. Large thick 8vo., bound western style in cloth with decorated jacket. This vade mecum to the demi-monde of Tokyo is a farrago of titillating gossip, images of young women in various stages of undress and a guide to the cafe bar culture of the "roaring thirties," as well as a history and survey of eroticism around the world. As such it would manage little interest beyond the collectors of erotica. But the book cover and dustwrapper deserve closer analysis as wonderful examples of avant-garde book design. The designer remains at this point unknown, but the (re)search continues. Good in somewhat rubbed and edgeworn dustwrapper. SOLD

 

 

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3. [AVANT-GARDE] MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi. GENZAI NO GEIJUTSU TO MIRAI NO GEIJUTSU MAVO. Tokyo, Ôbundô, Taishô 13 [1924. Decorated wrappers (designed by Murayama). 8vo., 11 plates, 262 pp., finals. The plates represent the only record of a number of constructions by Murayama, one of the leaders of the MAVO group and certainly the most influential Japanese artist of the avant-garde. The title may be translated as THE ART OF THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE. A bit worn, nonetheless still a very good copy of this very important manifesto. This copy is inscribed by Murayama himself, with a note by him that identifies this volume as his first contribution to the "Castle Series" published by Ôbundô. Very scarce and important work. SOLD

 

 

 

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4. [AVANT-GARDE] OZE Keishi, author; ONCHI Kôshiro, book design. SHIN ROSIA GAKAN/ SILUET NOVOI ROSSII. Tokyo, ARS, Shôwa 5 [1930]. Small square 4to., The title is translatable as "VIEWS OF THE NEW RUSSIA" An exploration of the new Soviet state by Oze. The binding and book design by Onchi is remarkable, capturing the constructivist aesthetic very effectively. Near fine in the somewhat rubbed and soiled decorated slipcase. Unusual in such clean condition. SOLD

 

 

840905. [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 worn, the contents are quite clean, in very good overall condition. SOLD

 

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6. GALLERY GOHACHI. KOREKUSHON [COLLECTION]. Tokyo, Gallery Gohachi. A run of newsletters put out by the fine printer and book dealer, Gallery Gohachi, whose support and publication of book artists like Kawakami Takei, Serisawa, etc., etc., enabled a whole generation of Sosaku Hanga artists to reach publication. From the run of the first 100 numbers of the COLLECTION newsletter, stretching from 1958 to 1986, we are offering 96 numbers bound in 87. (There are several double issues.) We have numbers 1-47, 49-61, 64-69, 71-100. Hence we are only missing four numbers from the run. Paper wrappers, stapled. Each is approximately 17 x 14.6 cm (7 by 5 3/4 inches). All in very good or better condition, many with original prints from the various publications Gohachi put out through the years and articles about books, writers, etc.. Important primary source for understanding the book arts and literary community of post-war Japan. SOLD

 

 

 

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7. [JAPAN - MAGAZINE] Gosha Front Club. FRONT FURONTO. V. 1, #6, December Shôwa 11 [1936]. Small format magazine [25.9 X 19 cm] put out by Gosha Bôeki in Tokyo. Very interesting in that its purpose and content directly ran counter to the anti-American, pro-Axis trends developing at the time. Intensely pro-American in cultural content. Notices of movies, and the arts in the West, with hints for Western-oriented fashion, makeup, manners, etc. etc. Ads for the latest of everything being imported (by Gosha?) into Japan. A multi-page ad for the International Friendship Society of Japan. Written mostly in Japanese but with a few headers and captions in English. Very good copy of this fascinating magazine. The "Christmas Issue" from 1936, the same year as the ultra-Nationalist officer's rebellion in Tokyo. Works like these beg a re-evaluation of the dynamics active in 1930's urban Japan. SOLD

 

 

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8. [JAPAN - MAGAZINE] Gosha Front Club. FRONT FURONTO. V. 2, #4, May Shôwa 12 [1937]. Small format magazine [25.9 x 19 cm] put out by Gosha Bôeki in Tokyo. Very interesting in that its purpose and content directly ran counter to the anti-American, pro-Axis trends developing at the time. Intensely pro-American in cultural content. Notices of movies, and the arts in the West, with hints for Western-oriented fashion, makeup, manners, etc. etc. Ads for the latest of everything being imported (by Gosha?) into Japan. Written mostly in Japanese but with a few headers and captions in English. Very good copy of this fascinating magazine. Works like this beg a re-evaluation of the dynamics active in 1930's urban Japan. SOLD

 

 

 

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9. [JAPANESE MAGAZINE] Tôyô Bunka Kyôkai, publisher. GAHÔ YAKUSHIN NO NIPPON THE ADVANCE IN JAPAN. Tokyo, Shôwa 14 [July, 1939]. Volume 4, #7. Printed illustrated wrappers, 32.5 x 24 cm. A photo magazine illustrated in color and black and white, captioned extensively in Japanese throughout, with more substantial articles, as well. Important and interesting magazine for the home front on Japanese progress in the Asian war and the darkening situation in Europe (which would erupt into WWII within a month.) Combined with more gentle fare on baseball, sumo, mountaineering, etc. A bit worn externally, but overall very good condition. Very ephemeral and hence scarce. $125.00

 

 

 

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10. [JAPANESE MAGAZINE] Tôyô Bunka Kyôkai, publisher. GAHÔ YAKUSHIN NO NIPPON THE ADVANCE IN JAPAN. Tokyo, Shôwa 15 [June, 1940]. Volume 5, #6. Printed illustrated wrappers, 32.5 x 24 cm. A photo magazine illustrated in color and black and white, captioned extensively in Japanese throughout, with more substantial articles, as well. Interesting magazine for the home front on Japanese progress in the Asian war and on the war in Europe (The German invasion and defeat of France lasted 6 weeks in May and June of 1940) A bit worn externally, the covers are detached, but present - overall good condition. Very ephemeral and hence scarce. $110.00

 

 

 

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11. KAWAJI Ryûkô, poet. ONCHI Kôshiro, artist. MUI NO SEKKEI, Shishû. Tokyo, Fugaku Honsha, Shôwa 22 [1947]. Large 8vo., the book was designed by Onchi and illustrated by him as well. There is a wonderful abstract "essential portrait of the poet" in color woodcut by Onchi. Kawaji was the mentor in poetry for Yukio Mishima when the latter was in his early teens. The book represents quite an interesting intersection of author, artist & designer. The covers are a bit soiled, else very good condition overall. #43 of 600cc, signed by Ryûkô. [Onchi, HON NO BIJITSU, p 116] $675.00

 

 

 

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12. [MAGAZINE - JAPANESE]. KODOMO NO KUNI V. 18, #6. Tokyo, June 1939. The cover (in a sort of proto Sailor Moon style) is by the important avant-garde artist, Murayama Tomoyoshi! There are also contributions by Murayama's wife, by Dômon Ken, by Takei Takeo and Kitahara Hyakushu, among other important figures in the arts and literature. Very good condition. SOLD

 

 

 

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13. [MAGAZINE - JAPANESE]. KODOMO NO KUNI V. 21, #4. Tokyo, May 1942. A wartime issue of this important magazine. Very good condition. SOLD

 

 

 

 

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14. MICHENER, JAMES A. THE MODERN JAPANESE PRINT, An Appreciation. With Ten Original Prints by Hiratsuka Un'ichi, Maekawa Sempan, Mori Yoshitoshi, Watanabe Sadao, Kinoshita Tomio, Shima Tamami, Azechi Umetaro, Iwami Reika, Yoshida Masaji, Maki Haku. Rutland: Tuttle, (1969). One of 510 numbered copies. It is signed by Michener on a slip which is tipped-in at the colophon and illustrated with ten large, hand-printed and hand-signed plates by the artists. The plate blocks were destroyed upon completion of the edition. A cloth-bound folio volume housed in a wooden slipcase; it is titled in English and Japanese (the Japanese reads "Sôsaku Hanga," that is "creative prints") on both the cloth cover and on the wooden slipcase. The artists and the prints in this volume have become increasingly collectible since the early 1960s, when this book was produced. In consequence, many of the copies have been cannibalized for the prints. Complete copies like this one are unusual. The spine is slightly sunned, internally very fine. $3,500.00

 

 

 

 

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16. NOBORI Shomu, editor. SHIN ROSHIA PAMFURETTO 4 SHIN ROSHIA BIJUTSU TAIKAN. Tokyo, Shinchôsha, Taishô 14 [1925] Small 8vo., bound western style in wrappers. The first of two volumes on the arts in the "New Russia" of the 20's, part of the important series edited by Nobori, called the "New Russia Pamphlets." Profusely illustrated with black and white photo plates. Some foxing, in original glassine, about good. SOLD

 

 

 

 

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17. NOBORI Shomu, editor. SHIN ROSHIA PAMFURETTO 6 SHIN ROSHIA BIJUTSU TAIKAN Dai Ni. Tokyo, Shinchôsha, Taishô 14 [1925] Small 8vo., bound western style in wrappers. The second of two volumes on the arts in the "New Russia" of the 20's, part of the important series edited by Nobori, called the "New Russia Pamphlets." Profusely illustrated with black and white photo plates. Some foxing, in original glassine, about good. SOLD

 

 

 

 

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18. NOBORI Shomu, editor. SHIN ROSHIA PAMFURETTO 8 SHIN ROSHIA BUTAI BIJUTSU TAIKAN. Tokyo, Shinchôsha, Shôwa 2 [1927] Small 8vo., bound western style in wrappers. An interesting volume on the theatre arts in the "New Russia" of the 20's, part of the important series edited by Nobori, called the "New Russia Pamphlets." Profusely illustrated with black and white photo plates. Some foxing, about good. SOLD

 

 

 

 

8107419. ONCHI Kôshiro, artist. Framed collection of Woodcut Illustrations. After the war, Onchi Kôshiro created a series of woodcut illustrations for a project involving the publication of a revamped classroom curriculum for Japanese students in the post-war era. For whatever reason, those designs do not appear to have been used - they do not appear in his catalog raisonné of prints and book illustrations. Though a series of edited and expurgated pre-war textbooks were employed immediately after the war, more permanent changes in the curriculum were not effected for several years. As this set of Onchi illustrations were designed to be used in a basic Japanese language book, it is possible that the extensive language reform after the war stopped the finalization and publication of the textbook at all. In any event, the set has a few marginal notations which indicate page placement, etc., so the project must have proceeded to the mock-up level before being abandoned. There are 11 cuts in black and white with two having light coloration. Portraits of Tolstoy, Einstein, Lincoln and Franklin combine with landscapes, insects, children at play, etc. The images seem to be suffused with a gentle sadness - they certainly seem to capture the spirit of the times. Truly a lovely and important group. There is no way to overestimate Onchi's importance to 20th century Japanese print making. This experimental group of cuts is a tribute to his art and an accurate evocation of an age. Framed in a custom mat. $2,500.00

 

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20. ONCHI Kôshiro, artist; Inoue Yasufumi, poet. Shishû UME. Fugaku Honsha, Shôwa 22 [1947]. #275 of 600cc, signed by Inoue, the author. 8vo, printed decorative wrappers, book designed by Onchi Kôshiro, frontispiece a woodcut designed by Onchi, as well. [Onchi Raissonné, #281, "Portrait of a Poet (Inner Image)"]. Wrappers foxed along perimeters, and there is a bit of light foxing on the signed sheet, else clean and in very good condition overall. $485.00

 

 

 

 

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21. ONCHI Kôshiro, editor. SHOSÔ 25. Tokyo, Vol.5 #1, April, Shôwa 12 [1937]. Aoi Shobô. Ltd. edition, out of series, [700cc?] 8vo. in size, wrappers. The 25th issue of SHOSÔ magazine, the premier journal dedicated to the book arts of its day. Very scarce. With an original woodblock print by Azechi Umetarô and an article on one of his own livre d'artiste, NATSU NO TEGAMI, by Kitazono Katue, etc. Near fine in the original glassine. SOLD

 

 

 

 

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22. ONCHI Kôshiro, editor. SHOSÔ 5. Tokyo, Vol.1, 5, August, Shôwa 10 [1935]. Aoi Shobô. #224 of [700cc?]. 8vo. in size, wrappers. The fifth issue of SHOSÔ magazine, the premier journal dedicated to the book arts of its day. This issue dealt with contemporary Japanese photography, poetry by Kitazono Katue, etc. Very scarce. In the original tattered glassine, near fine with some edgewear. SOLD

 

 

 

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23. ONCHI Kôshiro, editor. SHOSÔ Sôkango. Tokyo, Vol.1, #1, April, Shôwa 10 [1935]. Aoi Shobô. #568 of 700cc. 8vo. in size, wrappers. The very first issue of SHOSÔ magazine, the premier journal dedicated to the book arts of its day. Very scarce. The front wrapper of this copy is detached and a bit edgeworn, else the copy is in good condition. SOLD

 

 

 

 

8225824. ONCHI Kôshiro. NIHON NO YÛSHÛ. Tokyo: Ryûseikaku, Shôwa 30 [1955]. 8vo., This is #47 of 100 cc printed of the limited edition in a leather binding with 3 hand-printed color woodblock prints bound in as prefatory material, along with color and black and white reproductions of his prints throughout. A remarkable collection, the title of which roughly translates as JAPAN'S GRIEF. Onchi has to be considered one of the most important figures in Japanese printmaking and book design during the mid-20th century. His death was a great blow to his friends and admirers all over the world. NIHON NO YÛSHÛ was produced within a few months after his death. Our copy is near fine in the original glassine and clamshell paper box with a printed paper label, all in a printed publisher's shipping box, as well. SOLD

 

 

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25. ONCHI Kôshiro. Shikashû Anthology of Contemporary Japan NIHON NO HANA FLOWERS OF JAPAN. Tokyo: Hongakusha, Shôwa 21 [1946]. Another Hongakusha work, this one is edited by Onchi Kôshiro, and many of the lovely woodcut textual illustrations are by him as well. Other artists include the important Creative Print movement figures Kawakami Sumio, Kawanishi Hide and Maekawa Sempan. The poets include Satô Haruo, Kitahara Hyakushu and Onchi, himself. A tour-de-force and important work, good in the original woodcut printed wrapper (by Onchi). $1,250.00

 

 

 

 

8333826. ONCHI Kôshiro. HON NO BIJUTSU. 1952. Large 8vo., 135pp., wrappers. Illustrated in black and white and colors. This is Onchi's seminal work on book design (the title translates as "book arts"); it includes his opinions on book aesthetics and a catalogue raisonné of his own extensive output of book designs. It is a somewhat foxed copy, housed in the worn original folding cardboard slipcase, which is illustrated in Onchi's spare geometric style and printed in colors, and slightly darkened along the edges. This is an essential work by arguably the most important book designer of modern Japan. SOLD

 

 

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27. ONCHI Kôshiro, artist & MAEDA Sekibô, poet. Kashû SHINSHÔ FUJI [Collection of Poetry: NEW PRAISE, FUJI]. Tokyo: Fugaku Honsha, Shôwa 21 [1946]. 28.7 x 20 cm., 2 full page color woodcuts by Onchi, 1 tipped-in page of calligraphy. Blue and white flexible covers, in a dustwrapper depicting Fuji which is also a print by Onchi. Very good. The prints by Onchi are very lovely. [See Sotheby's Schlosser Sale Item #302 for another copy; Hillier Vol. 2, p 1022]. $1,350.00

 

 

 

 

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28. SATÔ Haruo, author; HAZAMA Inosuke, artist. E-iri MIYOKO. Seikadô, 1933. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji, blind-patterned brown paper covers with a printed paper title label. 18 paginated bifold leaves and one unpaginated. Ltd. edition, number 442 of 500 copies. A black and white woodcut frontispiece of the author and 4 color woodcut plates by Hazama, a Western-style painter and printmaker who had studied under Matisse in France. A lovely production of this work by the important Satô. Overall a very nice copy. $650.00

 

 

 

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29. SEKINO Junichiro. NIHON NO KAIDÔ JAPANESE STREETS. Tokyo, 1978, Asahi Shimbunsha. #4 of 60 cc. Large square 4to., Red cloth covered boards, black leather spine, with red cloth-covered tied portfolio, all in clasped red clamshell box. The bilingual text of the book describes Sekino's series, the portfolio contains 3 original signed and numbered (1 of 60cc) prints by the master - one a woodcut, one a copper engraving and the last a stone lithograph. Like new, as published. $2,250.00

 

 

 

 

3828330. [SÔSAKU HANGA] KATÔ Tetsunosuke, artist. HOKKAIDÔ FÛKEI TEZURI HANGA SHÛ. Published by the Sapporo Kankô Kyôkai. [Sapporo Tourism Association]. A folder, bound in grass cloth containing 5 handprinted color woodcuts (image size: approx. 10 x 14.5 cm) of landscapes around Sapporo, done in an elegiac and realistic style of sôsaku hanga. This folder was probably published in the 1930's, when Katô was most active. (He is best known in this country for the lovely landscape watercolors he did, signed "T. Kato.") Though little is known of him, Merritt, in her most recent survey, does mention his participation in sôsaku hanga groups at the time. This work is in very good condition, and the prints themselves are quite skillful. Appears to be complete, as the only other copy I've found reference to also had five prints: SOLD