85184

1. [CHINESE ARCHITECTURE] JEN-MIN MEI-SHI CH’U-PAN-SHE, Publisher. ZHONG-GUO JIAN-ZHU CAI-HUA TUAN. Beijing, 1955. Printed in Shanghai. Published by the Peoples’ Fine Arts Publishing House, this work [COLOR DESIGNS FROM CHINESE ARCHITECTURE] is a remarkable production, combining embossing, high quality color offset and perhaps even a bit of color woodblock printing to produce a lovely collection of designs derived from traditional Chinese architecture. A large, 38.4 x 50.6 cm, oblong clasped decorated portfolio of 36 sheets is accompanied by an illustrated text volume of 24 pages in wrappers. All are enclosed in the original publisher’s titled box. This deluxe production is remarkable for its time and in impeccable condition. SOLD

 

 

84837


2. [DESIGN - CHINESE] Nachbaur, Albert. Editor. ELÉMENTS DE DÉCORATION CHINOIS Motifs décoratifs relevés dans les Temples et Yamens. Pekin, 1931. Folio, 22.4 x 33.4 cm., orange paper-covered boards, tassel-bound. 60 pages of handcolored designs after decorative architectural elements from Chinese buildings. The plates are lovely; and the hand-coloring is detailed and impeccable. Other than the title-page, there is no text. It should be noted that collections of Chinese design are by no means common and this particular work is very scarce. Nachbaur issued a few highly desirable works during the 1920s and 30s - this is probably the finest and most unusual of them all. Complete and in about fine condition. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

84695

 

3. [DESIGN] Arashiya Shûsei, designer. SHÛSEI MEIGA-CHÔ Kanô-ha. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Shôwa 11 [1936] Large oblong orihon, 33 x 43.2 cm, color-printed silk over board covers, printed silk title label. 10 large and lavishly printed color woodblock prints of designs inspired by various Kanô style paintings are faced by text describing the original works from which they were derived. A very unusual work, produced by Unsôdô to their high pre-War standards. SOLD

 

 

 

 

83412

4. [DESIGN] ASAI Chû. MOKUGO ZUAN SHÛ. Kyoto: Unsôdô, Meiji 41 [1908]. Printed paper covers over boards, tassel bound. This tall 4to sized volume (36.5 x 25 cm) is a wonderful deluxe compendium of Asai’s design work. Asai is famous as one of the two most important Japanese Western-style painters of the the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but his design work, as well, was at the forefront of the international design revolution of his day. In the early years of this century after his return from several years in France and before his premature death in 1907, Asai taught design and painting in Kyoto and influenced some of the most important Japanese artists of the later 20th century. This work, published post-humously by his friends, is masterfully printed by Unsodo and includes 24 pages of color woodblock prints after his designs and 41 pages of collotypes. This copy is in lovely condition throughout. Though it went through several printings early in this century, of which this is the first, it has become quite a scarce book. Complete, as issued. SOLD

 

 

 

82614

 

 

5. [DESIGN] Deuchi KAKUHÔ. JUKÔ. Kyoto, Maria Gahô, Shôwa 7 [1932] Orihon, bound in silk over board covers with printed paper title label. 18.7 x 27.3 cm. 14 lovely color woodcut images in a Deco style. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85072

6. [DESIGN] FUJII Tatsukichi, designer. SÔSAKU SENSHOKU ZUANSHÛ. [A Collection of Designs for Dyework] Tokyo & Osaka: Bungadô, Shôwa 8 [1933]. Large portfolio, 41 x 31 cm., decorative cloth covered clasped chitsu case with a printed (chipped) decorative label. A 4 page fascicle of preliminaries and a table of contents. With the outer box design, the cover design, 3 preliminary page designs and 61 designs on the 50 content fascicles. The designs are primarily in color woodcut, printed on both paper and, occasionally, cloth. A beautiful production, here in almost perfect condition in the original decorated outer box.
Fujii Tatsukichi (1881-1964) was one of the most important reformers of the traditional arts in Japan. His creativity touched nearly every area: lacquer, pottery, papermaking, dyeing - his influence was enormous. This scarce and lovely portfolio of his original designs helps to illustrate why he was so important. This deluxe production cost 25 yen in 1933 - a princely sum during the depths of the Depression in Japan. Complete. SOLD

 

 

 

 

85065

7. [DESIGN] FURUYA Kôrin, artist. KÔRIN MOYÔ. No colophon: [Kyoto: Yamada Unsôdô, c. 1907] 25 x 35.5 cm, oblong folding album printed in color woodcut, in cloth over board covers with paper label. Covers titled in the usual hentai-gana. Preface by Furuya. The album consists of 21 oblong spreads lavishly printed in colors and metallic inks. This would seem to be a variant issue of the 2 volume KÔRIN MOYÔ, published by Unsôdô in 1907, where the 25 double page spreads in 2 volumes were folded in half and issued as small orihon albums. Fairly well printed and overprinted in metallic inks and bold colors. A good example of the Neo-Rimpa style, here available in a full page, unfolded version. A very unusual format for this important work.[Ryerson p.363] SOLD

 

 

84835

 

 

8. [DESIGN] Furuya KÔRIN, artist. SHIN BIJUTSU KAI: GOJÛ-ROKU. Kyoto: Unsôdô, Meiji 35 [1902]. The fifty-sixth volume of the design series NEW OCEAN OF DESIGN by Kôrin, one of the two most important designers of the age, 9 1/2” x 6 1/2”. 20 color woodblock printed designs. Very good. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

85148

 

9. [DESIGN] FURUYA KÔRIN. Date Moyô HANA ZUKUSHI. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 39 [1906]. Oblong album, 18.3 X 25 cm, Final colophon page, along with 50 designs on 25 pages of color woodcut designs on an abstract flower theme by Furuya Kôrin, one of the most important of Unsôdô‘s early neo-Rimpa designers. Well-printed with bokashi, tarashikomi and metallic inks. A very lovely copy of this fragile work, perhaps the scarcest of the “zukushi” series. SOLD

 

 

 

 

84898

 

10. [DESIGN] Furuya Kôrin, designer. UNKA SHÛ. Kyoto: Yamada Unsôdô, Meiji 35 [1902]. 2 vols. [Jô, Ge]. Each volume, 24.2 x 16.4 cm, string-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji. Design-printed paper covers. Kôrin was a neo-Rimpa designer of considerable importance who did a lot of work for Unsôdô. Each of the two volumes of cloud designs includes ten pages of color printed abstract cloud images and 30 pages of black & white woodcuts. Good impressions throughout, the volumes are in very good condition. The set: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

85147

 

11. [DESIGN] FURUYA KÔRIN. MATSU ZUKUSHI Ichi. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 38 [1905]. Oblong album, 18.3 X 24.9 cm, 1 page introduction and final colophon page, along with 50 designs on 25 pages of color woodcut designs on a pine-tree theme by Furuya Kôrin, one of the most important of Unsôdô‘s early neo-Rimpa designers. Well-printed with bokashi, tarashikomi and metallic inks. The “first volume” (no others published). A very lovely copy of this fragile work, with just a hint of internal browning. SOLD

 

 

 

 

85036

 

12. [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.
This book should be ranked right along Sekka’s best as a masterpiece of the genre. One or two internal spots, the covers are expertly repaired, an early impression showing original wood grain on the blocks. All in a navy cloth clasped chitsu case. SOLD

 

 

 

 

85149

 

 

13. [DESIGN] FURUYA KÔRIN. UME ZUKUSHI. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 38 [1905]. Oblong album, 18.3 X 25 cm, Final colophon page, along with 50 designs on 25 pages of color woodcut designs on a plum flower theme by Furuya Kôrin, one of the most important of Unsôdô‘s early neo-Rimpa designers. Well-printed with bokashi, tarashikomi and metallic inks. A very lovely copy of this fragile work, with just a hint of internal browning. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

82251

14. [DESIGN] Hagino Issui, designer. ZUAN HYAKUDAI. 3 Vols. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 43 [1910] An orihon in 3 volumes, (27 X 19 cm) with woodblock printed covers, all in a later fitted clasped cloth chitsu case. Unsôdô outdid itself in this early design effort. Dozens of double page horizontal designs (which become large prints, the paper size being 37.5 x 27 cm) as well as circular and fan-shaped, and single page designs, too. Most in the neo-Rimpa style which Unsodo artists pioneered at the beginning of the last century - bold and lovely.
A bit of browning and fading, the covers show some wear, but overall very good condition, a very nice impression of this important set. Complete. One of the very best of the Unsôdô design books, which is very good, indeed. SOLD

 

 

 

 

83433

 

 

15. [DESIGN] Happôdô, publisher. KIRIGAMI ZUAN. N.P. [Kyoto], 1954 [Spring Designs]. Portfolio of prints, printed paper covers and printed paper title labels. 39.6 x 30 cm., 12 collages of printed and colored Japanese paper, glued down into lovely Deco and abstract hybrid designs from the 1950’s. The portfolio covers are worn and the hinge is split, but the prints themselves are clean and remarkable. Each has an image size of approximately 28.4 x 22 cm. Complete. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

83284

 

 

 

16. [DESIGN] Hon’ami KÔETSU. KÔETSU FÛ. Kyoto, Bijutsu Jiko Shuppankai. n.d. (c. 1930) 27.2 X 22 cm. 12 full single page color woodblock printed designs in mica and metallic inks, inspired by the work of the 17th century artist, Hon’ami Kôetsu. Folding volume, printed paper cover over boards. Covers soiled, interior clean. Very unusual example of pre-war traditionally inspired design. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

85079

17. [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 missing, otherwise complete. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

85071

 

18. [DESIGN] Ishii HAKUTEI, editor. GENDAI MEIKA ZUAN-SHÛ. Tokyo, Oranda-shoten, Taishô 5 [1916]. 31.5 x 21.7 cm. Portfolio of design patterns printed in woodcut, offset, etc. Wonderful collection of work on 25 sheets. Designs by such important artists as Tsuda Seifû, Ishii Hakutei, Wada Eisaku, Yamamoto Kanae, Kosugi Misei and others. A four page preliminary essay and table of contents is laid in and there is a final colophon slip glued to the inside back cover of the portfolio. The tied printed portfolio covers have lost their cloth spine, else a very good and complete copy of this scarce and important work. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

84580

 

19. [DESIGN] ISONO, U. IZUTSU Yuki no Maki. Kyoto, Isono Shikkaiten, Meiji 42 [1909]. Very large ribbon-bound fukuro-toji binding in printed paper covers. 45 x 32.3 cm. 30 full page polychrome woodcuts depicting kimono patterns, printed and over-printed for a sumptuous surface. Isono was a textile firm of the day, here employing some of the best techniques available to display their wares. This is the “snow” volume of a three volume set. Very scarce, the largest size prints of the “hinagata-bon” genre we have seen. Well-printed and internally quite clean, the covers are worn. $2,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

83290

 

 

20. [DESIGN] ISOZAKI Kôsaburo. KINKAN’EN SHINISHÔ YÔHON NEW SAMPLES OF COLORED MATTING - “KIN KAN EN.” Okayama, Meiji 37 [1904]. Cord bound Japanese style, title printed on front cover. 34.2 x 22.6 CM. 34 full-page color woodcuts of flat-weave matting designs. The matting is still made today in Okayama from the igusa plant. Very simple and delicate designs. A sample book for the Isozaki line. $485.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

84569

 

21. [DESIGN] Kaigai TENNEN, artist. TENNEN MOYÔ KAGAMI. Kyoto, Unsôdô, 1899. 5 volumes, Large folio, 37 x 25.3 cm, color-woodcut printed designs, a total of 187 oban-size color prints by the estimable Tennen, perhaps the most important designer of his time after Kamisaka Sekka. Brilliantly printed by Unsôdô. (See Hillier, volume 2, pp. 978,982 for more on this important work.) This set has become quite unobtainable complete - ours was a working copy that belonged to a design house in Japan and as such it is a bit worn (with one cover mismatched), but it is a lovely work in any event. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 




84225

22. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist. CHIGUSA. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 36 [1903]. 35.2 x 23.7 cm. 3 volumes. This exquisite suite of 54 single page color printed woodblocks precedes Sekka’s MOMOYOGUSA by several years. Many of the prints are printed and overprinted using opaque and metallic inks to produce a sumptuous surface. This is a nice impression. Internally excellent condition. Even the exterior covers, which are very fragile, are still quite presentable with the original printed titles - there is a bit of “skinning” of the printed patterned paper. Sets of the CHIGUSA were bound up into 3 volumes like this from the original subscription sheets which had been published on a monthly basis, beginning in 1909. Complete. SOLD

 

 

 

 

8462923. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist. CHIGUSA, Vol. 1. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 32 [1899]. 35.5 x 23.6 cm. 1 volume. Bound orihon-style, back to back. This exquisite suite of 30 single page color printed woodblocks precedes Sekka’s MOMOYOGUSA by a decade. As in MOMOYOGUSA, many of the prints are printed and overprinted using opaque and metallic inks to produce a sumptuous surface. 6 of the interleaved tissue sheets are the original poem-printed ones, which are seldom found.
The full suite of 54 plates was completed and published as a three volume set in 1903. The copy we have is made up of the 10 three print fascicles for volume one that Unsôdô issued on a monthly basis. The condition of the prints is very good, the impressions excellent. It would seem to have been bound up into the volume one covers by Unsôdô, although the original front cover is missing. With the ad page and title from the original parts bound in, but missing the short preface and title page of the later bound version of volume one. With all 30 prints for volume one, complete. $6,750.00

 

 

85076

24. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist. CHÔ SENSHÛ. Kyoto: Yamada Unsôdô, Meiji 36,37 [1903,4]. 25 x 18 cm. 2 vols., Green silk over boards, orihon with printed paper title label. A good early printing, volume one being a “saihan” reprinting, the second volume a year after the first. The overall condition is good with moderate cover wear and some slight internal soiling. There is almost no offsetting of the metallic inks. A well known yet surprisingly unusual work in good early state, the THOUSAND BUTTERFLIES ranks as an important example of Japanese design from the early 20th century. [See Hillier/Ravicz and Schlosser Sale at Sotheby’s NY, June 1992] Two volumes, complete: SOLD

 

 

 

 

8403425. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist. MOMOYOGUSA. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 42-43 [1909-10]. 30.1 x 22.5 cm. Volumes 2 & 3 (of 3, total) Doubtless the finest design book of its time, this exquisite suite of 40 (out of 60) double page color printed woodblocks is printed and overprinted using opaque and metallic inks to produce a sumptuous surface. This is a very early impression, with woodgrain showing in many prints. The condition is quite good, with a little of the gutter fading and metallic ink transfer common to the MOMOYOGUSA. With none of the block cracking of the later printings. Definitely one of the better examples of this important work. The exterior, which is a bit faded, worn and soiled, missing the cover paper on the back of volume 3, is still quite acceptable with the original printed titles. SOLD

 

 

 

85080

 

26. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA. NIHON JOSÔ. 7 vols. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 39 [1906]. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji, printed paper title labels. An interesting visual history of women’s fashion in traditional Japan. The b+w woodblock prints were designed by the master himself, Kamisaka Sekka. A good impression, very good condition overall, complete. SOLD

 

 

 

84906

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

83262

28. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA [Yoshitaka]. SHIKISHI. Kyoto: Tanaka jihei, Meiji 34 [1901]. 2 folios, each 31.2 x 21.5 cm. Volume one has 2 color prints and 30 b+w sumi prints, volume two has 30 b+w sumi prints. An interesting design book of subtlety. The covers are quite worn with a few internal stains, but overall a good printing in good condition. String-bound fukuro-toji Japanese style with the title printed on the covers. Complete. SOLD

 

 

84452

CHRISTOPHER DRESSER’S COPY

29. [DESIGN] Kan Umpô, artist. BOKUCHIKU HATSUMO. Vols. 1-3 [of 4]. String-bound, Japanese style, fukuro-toji, printed paper title labels and original dark green blind cloud-patterned covers. 25.5 x 17.32 cm. Follows the copy in the British Museum catalogued by Jack Hiller and included in Mitchell at p 224. [Hence published by Eirakudô, in Nagoya, in Ansei 4 [1857]. Interesting in its own right for its interpretation of Chinese techniques of drawing bamboo, this copy is unique for having belonged to Christopher Dresser, the great British designer and Japanophile, whose signature graces the covers of volumes 2 & 3. Overall an unique set in good condition. SOLD

 

 

 

 

84622

 

 

30. [DESIGN] KAWASUMI Tamakage, designer. KUSA-GUSA. 3 vols. Kyoto, Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi, Shôwa 10 [1935]. Orihon folding album in brocade covered boards. 24.6 x 35.8 cm. 60 color woodcuts, based on flowers and grasses. Lovely printings using blindstamping, mica, etc., etc. The paper used was such that it has browned quite a bit and there is occasional staining inside, but the overall effect is still lovely. A very unusual design set, it appears that no other work by this designer has been recorded. Complete. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

85091

 

31. [DESIGN] Kitahara Yoshio, editor. ZUANKA. 5 vols. Tokyo, Atorie-sha, Atorie Bijutsu Taikôza, Shôwa 11 [1936] Slipcased wrappered octavo-size set on design theory, quite extensively illustrated. Draws on world art history to explore the roots of the international style of the period. Exhaustive treatment of modern Japanese design. The five volumes are: KISOGAKU; ZUAN SÔSAKUHÔ; HEIMEN ZUANHÔ; RITTAI ZUANHÔ & SEISHOKU BIJUTSUSHI. Fine, complete. SOLD

 

 

 

 

84627

 

32. [DESIGN] MANUSCRIPT ALBUM OF KIMONO DESIGNS. [N.p., n.d. – Kyoto? c. 1880’S] Album of 60 (numbered) full page hand-drawn and colored kimono patterns. The hand calligraphed title (unread) refers to the kimono shop which employed this wonderful sample book as a sales tool. It has been folded in half, but the images are beautifully detailed, the colors calm and lovely, the brushwork superb. The patterns point to the last quarter of the 19th century. As described, good to very good overall (only one or two plates have some slight foxing) and with a centerfold. These kimono manuscripts have become increasingly hard to find, particularly such lovely examples. The numbering is contiguous and appears to be complete. $3,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

84576

33. [DESIGN] Matsuoka Tokikata; Honma Hyakuri. Kojitsu Sôsho SHOKUMON ZUE. 7 vols., originally privately published by Hyakuri, apparently from 1815-25, as a completion of work begun by Tokikata in the late 18th, very early 19th century. This is the reprint of this classic work, done as part of the “Kojitsu Sôsho” [Classic Library] series, published by Yoshikawa Hanshichi et al in Meiji 34, 35 [1901,2] Very slightly smaller than the original volumes, each about 18.2 x 24.9 cm, string-bound Japanese-style fukuro toji with printed paper title labels - all bindings match. Hundreds of beautiful color textile designs, reproduced in color woodcut. Nobleman, Ladies, Ceremonial dress, Brocades, Imperial costumes, all are covered. Retains most of the appeal of the original edition. Slight external wear, lovely inside. $1,750.00

 

 

 

 

83256

 

34. [DESIGN] Matsuoka Tokikata; Honma Hyakuri. SHOKUMON ZUE. 7 vols., privately published by Hyakuri, apparently from 1815-25, as a completion of work begun by Tokikata in the late 18th, very early 19th century. 19.3 x 26.9 cm, string-bound Japanese-style fukuro toji with printed paper title labels - all bindings match. Hundreds of beautiful color textile designs, reproduced in color woodcut. Nobleman, Ladies, Ceremonial dress, Brocades, Imperial costumes, all are covered. Important and quite scarce, as few sets were produced. Some worming, otherwise the overall condition is very good.
$3,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

84098

 

35. [DESIGN] Matsuzaka-ya. HARU NO RYUKO. Shôwa 6 [1931]. [5] ff. text + 25 ff. with 30 color woodblock printed designs tipped-in, housed in a worn and soiled cloth portfolio 30.3 X 22.6 cm. A fabric design house sample, half of the plates are from a series called “Shin-Nihon Moyô“ and half from “Keiko Moyô“ (“Designs from New Japan” and “Designs of Olden Days”). Wonderful designs, beautifully printed in lovely (clear and bright) colors, with small swatches of dyed fabric, too, on a couple of text leaves. Very good condition overall despite the worn portfolio. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

84845

 

36. [DESIGN]. MIYAKO SOMENISHIKI Tsurukame. N.P., N.D. [Kyoto?, c. 1900] 23.5 x 16 cm. Printed title on the cover. String-bound, Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. One of several different works with the same title from the turn of the century, this collection of 60 kimono designs is extremely well-printed. The “Tsurukame” volume here presented does not have a colophon but appears to be complete. Other designers from the series include Furuya Kôrin, but these designs may not be his as they appear more delicate than his usual bold designs in vivid colors. The covers are a bit worn, but the impressions and colors are excellent. A lovely, if a bit mysterious, example of the genre. $850.00

 

 

 

 

85110

 

37. [DESIGN] NAITÔ Yoshiharu. KATTO ZUANSHÛ. Tokyo, Shôwa 6 [1931] 6th printing [originally published in 1929]. Large 8vo., decorated cloth covers in a deco style. Profusely illustrated guide (in b+w) to the decorative cuts so popular in printing advertisements, magazines and in book design at the time. Very good in a torn and chipped publisher’s cardboard slipcase. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85101

38. [DESIGN] Ogino ISSUI, designer. KAKIMAMI GUSA. Vol.3. Kyoto, Unkindô, Meiji 37 [1904] Ribbon-bound oblong Japanese style, 25.4 x 36 cm. Ge volume (volume three of three, only). 25 large full page color woodblock designs by Ogino Issui, one of the most elusive, yet most skillful designers of the early 20th century. This would appear to be the original Unkindô edition, later sold (though maybe not reprinted) by Unsôdô when Unkindô was folded into Unsôdô. It appears in the Taishô era Unsôdô catalogue, but not the later Shôwa era one. The book is largely unheard of in the marketplace. Little is known of Issui and his oeuvre is quite limited, his most famous work being the ZUAN HYAKUDAI in three volumes. This work is perhaps his scarcest and very lovely. In nice condition, impression and color through out with a bit of browning.SOLD

 

 

 

85100

39. [DESIGN] Ogino ISSUI, designer. ÔYÔ MANGA.Vol. 2. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 36 [1903] String-bound Japanese style, 25.3 x 18 cm. Ge volume (volume two of two, only). 30 pages of wonderfully well-printed color woodblock designs by Ogino Issui, one of the most elusive, yet most skillful of the early 20th century Unsôdô designers. Little is known of him and his oeuvre is quite limited, his most famous work being the ZUAN HYAKUDAI in three volumes. This work is very scarce, indeed, and very lovely. In nice condition, impression and color through out. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

84624

 

40. [DESIGN] Shimomura Tamahiro, designer. Go-Sokui Taishôsai TAITEN ZUAN Taishô no Bu. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Taishô 2 [1913]. 18 x 25 cm. Folding album, orihon, in decorated stiff covers. Designs for the coronation of the Taishô Emperor. This volume was done under the supervision of the estimable Honda Ichijirô, late of the firm Unkindô, who had merged his company into Unsôdô a few years earlier. Probably the finest eye for design of his day. About good to very good condition. $985.00

 

 

 

 

84625

 

 

41. [DESIGN] Shimomura Tamahiro, designer. SEKAI SARASA. 2 vols. Kyoto, Unkindô, 22.3 x 31.3 cm., Meiji 37 [1904]. 2 vols., Tassel-bound in decorated paper covers, fukuro-toji. 27 full page color woodcut plates of cotton chintz designs from around the world. Nicely printed, very good condition. $785.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

83432

42. [DESIGN] SHIMOMURA Tamahiro. GENJI BURI Ge. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 39 [1906] Orihon folding album with paper over boards, printed paper title label. 33.2 x 24 cm. 18 beautifully printed double page color woodcuts with metallic inks and overprinting. Lists Honda Ichijirô, Yamada Naosaburo’s older brother, as the publisher’s representative - perhaps a hybrid work done soon after Honda’s Unkindô failed and was absorbed into Yamada’s Unsôdô. The cover paper is torn, the rear cover paper missing, but the prints are large and lovely designs in good shape. The final volume of a set of either two or three, though it would probably be 3 volumes since there were 54 chapters in the Genji tale. SOLD

 

 

 

 

82026

 

43. [DESIGN] Sugimura Chôsan. KIGEN KEISHUKU-CHO. Kyoto, Happôdô, n.d. [c. 1940]. Large square folio [34 x 30 cm], orihon style, ribbon bound in brocade covers with printed silk title label. Brilliant color woodcut designs, 24 double page images in all. Complete. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

8470244. [DESIGN] Sugiura HISUI. HISUI ZUAN-SHÛ. Tokyo, Kanao Tanejirô [Bun’endô]. Taisho 4 [1915], the first printing. Folder of 50 numbered sheets of 187 designs in various media and styles (woodcut, lithograph and offset). A wonderful epitome of Taisho-era “chic”, produced by Bun’endô, perhaps the finest publisher of the time using all the most advanced techniques. Designs for book publications, sheet music covers, posters, etc., etc. Hisui, responsible between the wars for Mitsukoshi department stores’ trendsetting design and publicity, has been rediscovered within the last decade. There was a wonderful retrospective on his work done at the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art in 2000 and his portfolios are very sought-after. About very good over all, contains 48 original printings of the 50 plates, along with color copies of plates 2 and 29, missing from this portfolio and here supplied in facsimile. Though titled the “first series,” it is believed no further work was published in this format. In the tied portfolio but without the slipcase. $3,250.00

 

 

 

85086

 

45. [DESIGN] TAKANASHI Yoshitaro, editor. KINDAI KAGU SÔSHOKU SHIRYÔ Dai Ni-shû. Tokyo: Kôyôsha, Shôwa 11 [1936]. Spiral bound 8vo size notebook, printed card covers, illustrated in b+w photos through out. Preliminary table of contents with captions with 20 pp. of room interior illustrations. An excellent guide to rooms as they were being designed in Deco-influenced international style by and for urban Japanese. Not European or American rooms published as exemplars but actual Japanese rooms, combining elements of design from traditional Japan with the latest fashion. Fascinating view of a sophisticated world of interior design wiped out in the war. Very good condition. A “second collection” of designs which stands on its own. Very unusual. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

82991

 

46. [DESIGN] Takeshita Kinchô. MOMOCHIGUSA. Kyoto, Uchida Bijutsu Shoritsu. Shôwa 9,10 [1934,5] 2 vols., folding albums of woodcut designs (25 double page prints per volume). In light green brocade over board covers, printed paper title labels. 25.4 x 17.1 cm. The albums are a bit loose and the paper is very slightly browning, but overall in good to very good condition in a worn original chitsu clasped case with the original title label. Interesting epitome of Rimpa-style designs in light colors, each double page a combination of two designs in visual counterpoint. Complete. SOLD

 

 

 

 

8511247. [DESIGN] Tsuda Seifû, Furuya Kôrin, Nishida Ungai, Kamisaka Sekka, etc. KÔRIN-KA. [N.P., N.D. - c. Kyoto, 1905, Unkindô/Unsôdô]. A perhaps unique oblong album of prints by some of the foremost designers of early 20th century Japan. We have identified some artists by their seals, some by their styles. There is no record of a design book by this title being published and the title is hand-brushed, so it may have been a unique compilation done at the time, of “unfolded” oblong images originally designed to have a center-fold but here preserved whole. There is a grand total of 81 full-page plates, each 24 x 34.5 cm., 2 of calligraphy and 79 of designs. In fact, there is only one design we have seen elsewhere, a wonderful design by Nishida Ungai for his work, KUMO NO KAGE. A masterful and enigmatic collection, a worthy object of further study. Overall in very good condition, the printings are on the whole exquisite. SOLD

 

 

 

85088

48. [DESIGN] Ueno Kenkyûkai, editors. Seishu-en GOSHOGURUMA. Oblong orihon folding album, 27.2 x 39.1 cm., printed paper over board covers. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Shôwa 9 [1934]. 12 full page designs, printed and overprinted in colors and metallic inks, embossing, etc. - all the techniques of which Unsôdô was master, here based on the theme of ancient noble carts from the classical period. Fan-shaped designs, each identified as to its designer. About fine inside and out.SOLD

 

 

 

 

84588

 

49. [DESIGN] [UENO Kiyoe, designer]. HANA NO KAKE. Meiji 32 [1899]. [n.p.] [Kyoto, Honda Ichijirô]. String-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji, 17.5 x 24.4 cm, 150 full page color plates after designs by Ueno, one of the most important Yuzen dyers of his day. Published by Honda Ichijirô, later the founder of Unkindô. The covers are worn, but the interior is clean and the printings and colors are excellent (with metallic inks, blind-stamping, etc.). The first 5 volumes of this series, bound together. (See Cheryl Boettcher, THE KIMONO IMAGINED, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana). SOLD

 

 

 

84589

 

 

50. [DESIGN] UENO Kiyoe, designer. HANA NO KAKE. Meiji 33 [1900]. Kyoto, Honda Ichijiro. String-bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji, 17.5 x 24.4 cm, 30 full page color plates after designs by Ueno, one of the most important Yuzen dyers of his day. Published by Honda Ichijirô, later the founder of Unkindô. The covers and the interior are clean and the printings and colors are excellent (with metallic inks, blind-stamping, etc.). The fourth volume of this series. (See Cheryl Boettcher, THE KIMONO IMAGINED, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana). $545.00

 

 

 

 

84691

 

51. [DESIGN] UENO Seikô, designer. YACHIGUSA Dai-kyû. Kyoto, Honda Unkindô. Meiji 35 [1902]. 25 x 17.8 cm., string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji, printed paper title label, printed covers. Part 9 of the 15 volume series of kimono designs by Seikô, published by the important design house, Unkindô. For more on these volumes, see the recent catalogue of the design book exhibition, done at Stanford, ZUANCHÔ IN KYOTO [pp. 26 & 34]. With 30 beautifully printed color woodblock prints. Very good condition, fine impressions and colors. $850.00

 

 

 

 

 

84692

 

 

 

52. [DESIGN] UENO Seikô, designer. YACHIGUSA Jû-yon. Kyoto, Honda Unkindô. Meiji 36 [1903]. 25 x 17.8 cm., string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji, printed paper title label, printed covers. Part 14 of the 15 volume series of kimono designs by Seikô, published by the important design house, Unkindô. For more on these volumes, see the recent catalogue of the design book exhibition, done at Stanford, ZUANCHÔ IN KYOTO [pp. 26 & 34]. With 30 beautifully printed color woodblock prints. Very good condition, fine impressions and colors.SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

85082

 

53. [DESIGN] Yamamoto Sekka. Sô-encho SHINKÔ NÔGAKU MOYÔ. 2 vols. Kyoto, Shôwa 8 [1933]. 38.4 x 27.2 cm., oblong orihon folding albums with 20 full page color woodcuts. The designers of each image are identified. Yamamoto has written the preface to this work of designs based on the Noh drama. Fan-shaped images expertly printed by Unsôdô with overprinting and metallic inks. The covers are a bit worn, the interiors clean and well-printed. SOLD

 

 

 

 

84581

 

54. [DESIGN] Yamashita KÔRIN. HINAGATA Aki. Kyoto, Honda Ichijirô, et al. 25.5 x 36.7 cm. String-bound Japanese-style fukuro-toji. The autumn is represented in 35 (of 40) full page oban size prints of kimono designs. The volume is in very good condition, lovely printings. 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]. When complete, the four volume set covers all four seasons. Even incomplete, as here, it is a lovely production. $1,250.00

 

 

 

 

84693

 

 

55. [DESIGN] YOSHII Seisen, designer. NATORI-GUSA Ichi, Ni. Kyoto, Honda Unkindô. Meiji 36 [1901]. 25.5 x 18 cm., string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji, printed title on printed covers. The first 60 images from a series of kimono designs by Seisen, published by the important design house, Unkindô. HANAKURABE by Seisen was shown in the design book exhibition, done at Stanford, catalogued in ZUANCHÔ IN KYOTO. With beautifully printed color woodblock prints. Very good condition, fine impressions and colors.SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

85174

 

56. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] MAEJIMA Sei-ichi, designer. CHIKUONKI GAKKITEN KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô. This one is dedicated to shops specializing in phonograph albums and musical instruments. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome. Some edgewear, about very good overall. Printed wrappers. $985.00

 

 

 

 

85178

 

57. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] Murota Kurazô, designer. YÔHIN BÔSHITEN KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 x 22.1 cm. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô. This one is dedicated to shops specializing in Western-style hats. Murota was an important ad designer of the day. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome. Some edgewear, about very good overall. Printed wrappers in the torn original folding portfolio. Scarce and complete.$1,100.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85175

 

 

58. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] Nakagawa Iwao, designer. GANGU BUNBÔGU UNDÔGUTEN KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô. This one is dedicated to shops handling toys, sporting goods and stationery. It consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome. There is some edgewear, about very good overall, Printed wrappers in the original folding portfolio, scarce and complete. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

85177

 

 

59. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] Tada Hokuchô, designer. GOFUKU MUSURINTEN NO KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô. This one is dedicated to muslin dry goods shops. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome. Some edgewear, about very good overall. Printed wrappers in the original, torn, folding portfolio. Scarce, complete. $1,100.00