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859541. ALLOM, Thomas [illus] & G. N. WRIGHT. THE CHINESE EMPIRE ILLUSTRATED: BEING A SERIES OF VIEWS FROM ORIGINAL SKETCHES, DISPLAYING THE SCENERY, ARCHITECTURE, SOCIAL HABITS, &C., OF THAT ANCIENT AND EXCLUSIVE NATION, BY THOMAS ALLOM, ESQ. WITH HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE LETTERPRESS, BY THE REV. G. N. WRIGHT, M. A. London: The London Printing and Publishing Company Ltd. [n.d. ca. 1860s]. Two volumes bound as one. xii + 137 pp. + plates; pp. 139 - 184 + plates. 93 plates of 124 (incomplete). 4to., brown pebbled cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Cloth worn, faded at edges, frayed at heel and crown, corners. Spine shaken. For the most part clean, if a little foxed here and there (text and plates). Occasional dampstaining at corners. Title page of 2nd section is engraved. Text pages brittle. Title page continued: "The work will also contain a succinct account of the History of China; a Narrative of British connexion with that nation, the Opium War of 1840, and full details of the causes and events of the present war." SOLD

 

 

85730

CANE, REED AND SEA GRASS FURNITURE DESIGNED FOR THE WEST

 

2. [ARCHITECTURE - FURNITURE] CATALOG OF PICTURESQUE CALIF-ASIA PRODUCTS. Los Angeles: Calif-Asia Ltd., 1931. 28 pp. 4to., grey illustrated wrappers printed in black, with metal fasteners. Laid in is a typed letter signed by [illegible] a representative of Calif-Asia to a customer requesting the catalog. (The price list referred to in the letter is not present.) Some small closed tears and light soil to wrappers, with ink notes to front cover; small closed tears and a chip to top right corner of letter. Text has small crease at top right corner, else very good overall. Catalog printed in black and white with occasional red or green tinting. Chairs, tables, side tables, stools, chaises and loveseats. "This furniture, its background the ageless romance of the East, fills a need in Occidental homes of our Western world ... here is a product of skill and craftsmanship centuries old that has been handed down from generation to generation. These furniture pieces of colored enamel cane, peel, stick reed, reed, and sea grass fit with perfect harmony in shaded gardens, sun porches, and patios." Numerous illustrations of pieces on most pages.SOLD

 

 

3. ARNOLD, Sir Edwin. JAPONICA. Illustrated by Robert Blum. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892. 2nd printing, originally published in 1891. xv + [1] + 128 pp. Tall 8vo., half green morocco with gilt rules, raised bands, gilt spine lettering and ornaments, with green marbled paper covered boards. Corners and top of front spine joint worn, occasional light thumbing in the text, else clean and bright. Black and white frontispiece and plates, with b/w illustrations in the text. A nice copy in morocco. $85.00

4. [AUCTION CATALOGUE] ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE of a very important collection of rare and valuable Japanese color prints formed by the widely known connoisseur the late Frederic May. New York: American Art Association, 1918. First edition. Large 8vo., wrappers; lists 1297 items, some illustrated in black and white. Pencil notes. With the wrappers chipped and worn, and with some tape-repair, this copy is good. $95.00

86071

 

 

5. [AVANT-GARDE] MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi. KANDINSUKII [KANDINSKY]. Tokyo, Arusu-sha, Taisho 14 [1925]. Small 8vo., blue cloth, slightly faded, in a dust jacket. Some spotting and foxing, else very good. Nice copy of this monograph by this important avant-garde playwright, artist and theoretician, Murayama Tomoyoshi, at the time one of the principals of the seminal MAVO group. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

86072

 

 

6. [AVANT-GARDE] YABE Tomoe. ARUKIPENKO [ARCHIPENKO]. Tokyo, Arusu-sha, Taisho 15 [1926]. Small 8vo., light grey cloth, in a dust jacket. Some spotting and foxing, else very good. With an inscription on the dust jacket and ffep. Nice copy of this monograph by this important avant-garde painter and theoretician. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

7. BARBOUTAU, Pierre. BIOGRAPHIES DES ARTISTES JAPONAIS DONT LES OEUVRES FIGURENT DANS LA COLLECTION PIERRE BARBOUTAU, TOME II ESTAMPES ET OBJETS D'ART. Paris: S. Bing/L'Auteur, 1904. Folio, green and brown printed wrappers, flaps detached, wrappers chipped, spine covered with cloth and plastic tape which is partially removed. Text disbound, some pages slightly chipped at edges, not affecting text. 88 + [6] pp. Black and white plates. $125.00

INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY OF THIS UNUSUAL MONOGRAPH

8. CASAL, U. A. MONUMENTA NIPPONICA VOL. XII NOS. 1-2: FAR EASTERN MONKEY LORE. Tokyo: Sophia University, 1956. 49 pp. 8vo., illustrated wrappers. Light soil and moderate wear to wrappers with small stain to front cover, visible on inside front cover and slightly on first page. Inscribed presentation from the author on first page in upper right corner. Black and white plates. Text and plates tight, clean except for faint spot on first page. Monograph series. $60.00

9. CASTILE, Rand. SHIKO MUNAKATA [1903-1975] WORKS ON PAPER. [New York] Japan Society [1982]. 47 pp. 4to., stapled color illustrated wrappers. Light wear to spine, else fine. Monochrome plates. Exhibition catalogue. $45.00

 

85778

DETAILED WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS

10. [CERAMIC - SATSUMA WARE] MANUSCRIPT ALBUM OF SATSUMA WARE. Old marbled boards, 14 x 20 cm., side-sewn. Brooklyn, NY, ownership notation, probably late 19th century, when Japanese-made Satsuma ware enjoyed a considerable vogue in America and Europe. Bound-in, there are a total of 94 pages of vases, bowls, and urns skillfully depicted in watercolor and gouache, with touches of gilt, to represent the 'brocaded' Satsuma surfaces. There is a single numbered image on each sheet, but no caption. The numbers are consecutive, though not continuous, from 2 through 105. Additionally, there are one and a half extra sheets, similarly decorated, which are loose and laid-in. Housed in a modern custom box. click for link to more images $7,500.00

 

 

 

 

11. CHEN, Chi-Lu. MATERIAL CULTURE OF THE FORMOSAN ABORIGINES. Line Drawings by the Author. Colour Photographs by William Kohler. Taipei: The Taiwan Museum, (1968). [2],XIV,422 pp. Illustrated with 21 color plates, which are included in the pagination, and with line drawings and tables in text. Small quarto (26 x 19 cm) bound in publisher's grey-blue cloth binding, with gilt-stamped title on spine. The book is sound and the text leaves are clean, though slightly toned. A near-fine copy in a good-plus color-illustrated dust jacket that is edgeworn, with several closed tears, and is price-clipped. SOLD

 

86064

12. CHIKANOBU, artist. REKISHI GAJÔ. Meiji 31 [1898]. Twelve color-printed woodblock prints, 24 x 35.5 cm, bound orihon folding album style in brocade covers. Album size: 24 x 18 cm. The subjects of the album are historical scenes from the civil war that occurred at the end of the Heian period in the 13th century, the so-called Genpei War between the Taira and Minamoto clans, which signaled the end of the classical period and the beginnings of military feudalism. The tales of the Genpei became part of the cultural canon ever after. There are many remembered incidents involving scenes of warfare and derring-do, powerful men and courageous women. The raw material of a thousand tales which resonate even today in Japan. Fair to good impressions, good colors, fine condition. SOLD

 

85875

 

 

 

13. [CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE - JAPANESE]. KODOMO NO KUNI V. 13, #11. Tokyo, October, 1934. With contributions by such artists as Takei Takeo and writers as Ogawa Mimei. Some edgewear and soiling else very good. $285.00

 

 

 

85876

 

 

 

14. [CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE - JAPANESE]. KODOMO NO KUNI V. 13, #6. Tokyo, May, 1934. With contributions by such artists as Takei Takeo and writers as Ogawa Mimei. Some edgewear and soiling else very good. SOLD

 

 

 

85878

 

 

15. [CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE - JAPANESE]. KODOMO NO KUNI V. 14, #7. Tokyo, June 1935. With contributions by such artists as Takei Takeo and such writers as Ogawa Mimei. Somewhat soiled else very good. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

16. CHOU, Ju-Hsi & Claudia BROWN. THE ELEGANT BRUSH: CHINESE PAINTING UNDER THE QIANLONG EMPEROR 1735-1795. (Phoenix, AZ): Phoenix Art Museum, 1985. 376 pp. 4to., color illustrated paper wrappers. Moderate wear and light rubbing to wrappers. Small label with ink numeral to rear cover. Mostly black and white reproductions, a few in color. Very good plus overall. SOLD

 

 

86038

 

17. [COMMERCIAL ART]. GENDAI SHÔGYÔ BIJUTSU ZENSHÛ THE COMPLETE COMMERCIAL ARTIST 24v. Tokyo, ARS, Shôwa 3 [1928] 24 large slender 8vo. vols., this edition bound in decorated wrappers, the set is a bit rough externally, volume 13 is missing its front cover, all but five of the other volumes are missing their slipcases. That being said, the set is quite clean and bright internally and complete. A remarkable compendium, heavily illustrated in color and black and white, exploring the whole world of commercial art, in Japan and abroad, for the professional designer. With remarkable articles by the leading proponents of Japanese advertising and commercial art of the day. One occasionally finds odd volumes of this thematically organized work, but it is very unusual thus, complete. Essential reference to late Taishô, early Shôwa culture. Complete, very good. click for link to more images SOLD

 

 

85732

 

18. [COPPER ENGRAVING] MATSUURA YASU, artist. NIKKÔZAN MEISHÔ JÛNIKEI. Nikkô: Shiozawa Ken'ichirô, Meiji 16 [1883]. The original sheets (from a folding album?) have been remounted on Japanese paper and fukuro-toji string binding. The cover of the original series is a bit worn but the 12 hand-colored copper engravings, each about 12 x 17.5 cm, of sites around Nikkô, waterfalls, river views, etc., are lovely - well-printed and well-preserved. From an interesting period aesthetically, when Japanese artists and craftsmen were introducing Western-derived techniques like lithography and engraving into printmaking, printing and the allied arts on a popular level. Unusual work. $985.00

 

 

 

 

85901

 

19. [CREATIVE PRINT MOVEMENT] ISHII Hakutei, YAMAMOTO Kanae. MYÔJÔ. Tokyo. A run of 28 issues of this seminal magazine of the arts and literature in turn of the century Japan. Volume Two [1902], numbers 1-5; Volume 4 [1903] numbers 1-12, Volume 5 [1904] numbers 1-11. MYÔJÔ's pages were graced by such important writers and critics as Yosano Akiko and her husband Yosano Tekkan. Mori Ôgai lent his support to the magazine and Ishii Hakutei was the editor. It was Hakutei who befriended the young wood engraver Yamamoto Kanae and who published his print GYOFU [THE FISHERMAN] in the magazine in July 1904. This print is regarded as the first product of the Creative Print Movement [Sôsaku Hanga Undô] and the ultimate incunable of 20th century Japanese printmaking. Our run contains the print, whose margins are a bit stained, but whose image is clean. A great rarity. Bound, covers intact, into 3 volumes in library cloth. SOLD

 

 

 

86065

 

 

WHILST HE SLEEPS THE CAT SPRINGS ON THE ARTIST’S RATS!

 

 

 

20. [Crepe Paper Book] THE RAT'S PLAINT. Tokyo: Published by T. Hasegawa, 38, Yotsuya Hommura, Meiji 24 [1891]. Second edition. An oblong volume, 15 x 19.5 cm, bound with two ribbon ties. [34] pp., including covers. This color woodblock-printed fairy tale out of China, translated by Archibald Little, is one of the scarcer of the Hasegawa productions. Good impressions, colors and condition. SOLD

 

 

86066

 

 

21. [Crepe Paper Book] STREET SCENES OF OLD JAPAN CALENDAR [FOR] 1910. Tokyo: T. Hasegawa, n.d. [1909?]. 19.5 x 14 cm. [26] pp., including wrappers, bound with two ribbon ties. Twelve double-page color woodblock-printed scenes illustrating monthly the seasonal changes in Japan, each with a small calendar for the month pictured. Very good impressions, colors, and condition, despite slight damage to one corner of the back wrap. An unusual Hasegawa production. SOLD

 

 

 

 

8594022. CURRIER & IVES. LITHOGRAPH OF TATEISHI ONOJIRO, C. 1860. Image size of this lithograph is approximately 16" x 12". The number of the print is 663 and the Currier & Ives address is 152 Nassau Street. The marginal title is "TOMMY". Tateish Onejero. Interpreter to the Japanese Embassy.

This very scarce print commemorates the 1860 sojourn of the first Japanese Embassy to America, when it travelled to San Francisco, Washington and New York. The arrival in New York in June of that year became a major event, with tens of thousands of onlookers lining the parade route. Walt Whitman wrote a poem about the excitement of the day. Tommy, depicted here, was the 17 year old son of the second interpreter for the Embassy. He had been trained in English in Nagasaki and was allowed to make the trip to America with his father. He was obviously a personable and charismatic fellow who was very popular with the Nagasaki merchants and with the members of the Embassy. He caused a sensation in New York as well, receiving and answering romantic fan letters from young ladies, having a dance, "The Tommy Polka", named after him and being publicly scolded by the staid editors of the New York Times for his frivolity. He has been called the first "teen idol" of American popular culture. Several photos of him survive, including one from a series of stereo shots done of the Embassy, but this Currier & Ives print is further proof of his popularity and the evanescent nature of fame in America. One can only assume that but few copies survived from Tommy's fleeting moment of celebrity, accounting for the image's great scarcity today. With a bit of soiling to the margins but very good overall. SOLD

 

 

85956

23. DARWENT, C. E. SHANGHAI A HANDBOOK FOR TRAVELLERS AND RESIDENTS TO THE CHIEF OBJECTS OF INTEREST IN AND AROUND THE FOREIGN SETTLEMENTS AND NATIVE CITY. Shanghai, Hongkong, Singapore & Yokohama: Kelly & Walsh, Limited [n.d. ca. 1904]. xx + 222 pp. + 24 pp. ads. 8vo., bright red cloth stamped in gilt and white. Bright and clean, attractive , spine bumped at crown, corners bumped, previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown. Lacks folding map in rear pocket. Includes a brief lesson in Pidgin English, a guide to the city, local amenities, houseboats, temples, municipal offices, a chapter on walks and excursions including the Bund, the Central District, the Western District, the Northern District, the Point, Sinza, the Country Extension, a Drive to Siccawei, the French Settlement, the Native City, and more. Black and white photo reproductions in the text. A nice copy. SOLD

 

 

 

 

8609624. [DESIGN BOOK] Anonymous [Yao Jakusen, artist]. KUNI NO HIKARI. N.P., N.D. (Original edition was Kyoto, Unkindô (Honda Ichijiro) Meiji 35 [1902].) One volume, complete. 17 full page color woodblock prints. 24.7 x 36.3 cm. Covers: tan with gold flecks, ribbon-bound. Printed paper title label. Ribbon binding is on the left, so the book opens like a Western book. Endpapers blank. The illustrations are bold, with several incorporating the radical transformation of form from one into another (waves into birds, etc., etc.) A bravura woodblock printing job with metallic inks, etc.. We handled an identical example with 17 plates in the early 90's, similarly anonymous and also a version with 25 plates identified as to artist, publisher, etc. (as above) a few years ago. Perhaps this copy is an Unsôdô binding. The book title appears in the English language Unsôdô backlist catalogue which was published in 1915 (p.49, item 620). However it was not listed in the Shôwa era wartime catalogue. May one assume that this copy was bound up from sheets printed by Unkindô and taken over when Unkindô merged with Unsôdô in 1905-6? If so, why not give the book an Unsôdô colophon? In any event a wonderful book in fine condition. The printing quality is excellent. SOLD

 

 

85661

 

25. [DESIGN] Furuya KÔRIN. KÔGEI NO BI. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 42 [1909]. 3 vols. Folding orihon albums, 32 x 22.5 cm, in paper over boards with integral printed title labels. Originally appearing in 1908, this early reprint set is still very scarce and quite delightful - the 75 large double page designs in woodblock, employing karazuri gauffrage, metallic inks, etc., represent a peak of the printing art as practiced by Unsôdô at the time. Kôrin, the designer, is usually considered an equal to Sekka and Tennen, though this work and his remarkable SEIKA, are the only large format works by him we have seen. The designs are in an interesting format, often constrained to the shapes of pottery pieces, especially vases. The result is a remarkable demonstration of how two dimensional designs can be adapted to three dimensional shapes, here rendered, of course, in two dimensions once again. The printing is good or better, the condition throughout good to very good, with occasional slight browning. In a folding clasped chitsu case. 3 vols. SOLD

 

 

 

85851

26. [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. SOLD

 

 

 

8585727. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA. KOKKEI ZUAN A COLLECTION OF HUMOROUS DESIGNS. By Sekka Kamisaka, the Author of "KAIRO". Unsôdô, Kyôto, Meiji 36 [1903]. Orihon folding album in printed paper over boards. 25.4 x 17.7 cm. This copy has 31 full page woodblock-printed images after comic designs by Sekka. Interesting for two reasons - this is a very unusual book which scarcely appears on the market in Japan and almost never abroad, secondly, this copy seems to have 2 more images than the copy which served as the example in the traveling exhibit: KAMISAKA SEKKA: RIMPA MASTER - PIONEER OF MODERN DESIGN from 2003, 2004. (See item 250 from the catalog) This point illustrates the extreme complexities involved in the cataloguing of these design books as the number and arrangement of plates often changed from copy to copy, especially with the scarcer, more esoteric volumes that were probably made up on demand. Excellent colors and impressions, very good condition. SOLD.

 

 

85861

 

 

28. [DESIGN] NAITÔ Yoshiharu. KATTO ZUANSHÛ. Tokyo, Shôwa 8 [1933] 14th printing [originally published in 1929]. Large 8vo., decorated cloth covers in a deco style. Profusely illustrated guide (in black and white) to the decorative cuts so popular in printing advertisements, magazines and in book design at the time. Very good in a chipped publisher's cardboard slipcase. SOLD

 

 

 

 

85761

 

29. [DESIGN] Saikasha. SAIKA. Tokyo 1924-9. 30 issues bound into 10 volumes (out of 36 issues bound in 12 volumes). Significant run of the SAIKA series which captured Japanese and Asian design in all its manifestations - objects, utensils. fabrics, rugs, architectural elements, lacquerware, cloisonnee etc., etc. There is a total of approximately 500 plates, of which about 100 are color woodblock printed and another dozen or so are color collotypes and color lithographs. The remainder are collotypes and offset. An interesting series, from the reference library of the Mitsukoshi Department Store. Two of the volumes are disbound with a few plates missing, but they have the original covers. Sold with all faults, and priced accordingly. Unusual set. $975.00

 

 

 

 

 

85666

30. [DESIGN] SHIMOMURA Tamahiro. Genroku Fûryû MEIJI BURI. Kyoto, Honda Unkindô, Meiji 38 [1905] 2 volumes, complete. 33.4 x 21.8 cm. A total of 32 double page textile designs by Tamahiro, one of the most important designers of the day. Published/printed by Unkindô, the finest of the early century art publishers, which merged with Unsôdô a few years later. The printings are lavish with overprinting and metallic inks. The internal condition is very good, the covers are "skinned" in a few spots. The overall printing quality is good. All in a clasped chitsu case. Complete. Very scarce, books by Shimomura Tamahiro are seldom seen. SOLD

 

 

 

 

8588231. [DESIGN] Sugiura HISUI. HISUI KACHÔ ZUAN-SHÛ. Tokyo, Heiandô Shobô. Taisho 6 [1917] The first printing. Portfolio of preliminary materials including a table of contents, followed by 50 numbered sheets of designs printed using woodcut, some machine printed but most printed by hand from multiple blocks. The blocks were cut by Iida Shigezô, the printing done by Enomoto Kinsaburô. A wonderful epitome based on bird and flower motives, of Taisho-era "chic". 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. Very good over all, complete. In the original printed publisher's slipcase. click for link to more images SOLD

 

 

 

85852RUN OF SEI-EI, 5 VOLUMES

32a. [DESIGN] Unsôdô, publisher. SEI-EI Hachi. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 38 [1905]. 25 x 18.2 cm. Bound orihon, folding album style, in paper over boards, integral printed title label. The eighth volume in the Sei-ei series of design books. An anthology of 12 double page color woodblock printed designs. Beautiful design ideas which capture many deco elements. Pictorially at least 20 years ahead of its time. Some cover wear and soiling the images themselves are very good, in excellent impressions and colors. SOLD

 

 

 

 

85856

 

32b. [DESIGN] Unsôdô, publisher. SEI-EI Jû-go. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 40 [1907]. 25 x 18.2 cm. Bound orihon, folding album style, in paper over boards, integral printed title label. The fifteenth volume in the Sei-ei series of design books. An anthology of 10 double page color woodblock printed designs. Beautiful design ideas which capture many deco elements. Pictorially at least 20 years ahead of its time. Some cover wear and soiling, the images themselves are very good, in excellent impressions and colors. SOLD

 

 

 

85854

32c. [DESIGN] Unsôdô, publisher. SEI-EI Jû-ni. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 40 [1907]. 25 x 18.2 cm. Bound orihon, folding album style, in paper over boards, integral printed title label. The twelfth volume in the Sei-ei series of design books. An anthology of 10 double page color woodblock printed designs. Beautiful design ideas which capture many deco elements. Pictorially at least 20 years ahead of its time. Some cover wear and soiling, the images themselves are very good, in excellent impressions and colors. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

85853

32d. [DESIGN] Unsôdô, publisher. SEI-EI Jû-san. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 40 [1907]. 25 x 18.2 cm. Bound orihon, folding album style, in paper over boards, integral printed title label. The thirteenth volume in the Sei-ei series of design books. An anthology of 10 double page color woodblock printed designs. Beautiful design ideas which capture many deco elements. Pictorially at least 20 years ahead of its time. Some cover wear and soiling, the images themselves are very good, in excellent impressions and colors. SOLD

 

 

 

85855

32e. [DESIGN] Unsôdô, publisher. SEI-EI Jû-yon. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 40 [1907]. 25 x 18.2 cm. Bound orihon, folding album style, in paper over boards, integral printed title label. The fourteenth volume in the Sei-ei series of design books. An anthology of 10 double page color woodblock printed designs. Beautiful design ideas which capture many deco elements. Pictorially at least 20 years ahead of its time. Some cover wear and soiling, the images themselves are very good, in excellent impressions and colors. SOLD