As many of you have heard, the world economy and our lives in general are going through a bit of a rough patch. Under the circumstances, we are trying to tempt folks with discounts, something we have only seldom done before.... 
 
I hope you are tempted. We are extending 20% across the board, from ephemeral items to a brilliant copy of the MOMOYOGUSA..... 
 
Enjoy the list!
 
Best wishes to all,
 
Charles Vilnis

 

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90432. 4 issues of Gofuku 呉服.Tokyo. Ichida Shōten 市田商店. Four kimono magazines published by a Tokyo kimono and obi store with branches in Tokyo and Kyoto. Green birds in birdcage - Shōwa 8 [1933] June #122 昭和八年 六月 百二十二呉.  Blue/white/green - Shōwa 8 [1933] August #124 昭和八年 八月 百二十四呉. Gray - Shōwa 10 [1935] February #141 昭和十年 百四十一呉. Red - Shōwa 13 [1938] January #176 昭和十三年 一月 百七十六號.

Green birds in birdcage - Shōwa 8 [1933] June #122 昭和八年 六月 百二十二呉. 26 x 19cm kimono textile magazine with light and dark green decorative covers. 8 pages, including front and rear covers. Lovely cover artwork of birds in a cage on front and rear wrappers. Articles in Japanese text on kimono, fabrics and patterns and a loosely drawn cartoon. Vertical fold on front cover through to inside.

Blue/white/green - Shōwa 8 [1933] August #124 昭和八年 八月 百二十四呉. 26 x 19cm kimono textile magazine with blue and green decorative covers. 12 pages, including front and rear covers. 2 inserts of 4 pages laid in. 2 small holes near spine (stabbed binding?). Charming cover artwork with a stylized women's figure wraps around to rear wrapper. Articles in Japanese text on kimono, fabrics and patterns. 6 small swatches of fabrics for fall laid down. Color illustrations of fabrics and photo of display of bolted fabrics. One insert focuses on variations of the chrysanthemum design, accompanied by black and white illustrations. Black and white illustrations throughout. Vertical fold on front cover through to inside.

Gray - Shōwa 10 [1935] February #141 昭和十年 百四十一呉. 26 x 19cm kimono textile magazine with multicolor decorative wrappers. 12 pages including front and rear covers. Very appealing cover artwork of a wintery scene wraps around to rear cover. Articles in Japanese text on kimono, fabrics and patterns with black and white illustrations and photos. Article with photos of actress Mori Kakuko 森赫子 (1914-1986) in kimono and modern dress. Rust-like stain on front cover through to inside front wrapper. Vertical fold on front cover through to inside.

Red - Shōwa 13 [1938] January #176 昭和十三年 一月 百七十六號. 26 x 18.5cm kimono textile magazine with multicolor decorative wrappers. 12 pages including front and rear covers. Beautiful cover artwork of Japanese landscapes wraps around to rear cover. Articles in Japanese text on kimono, fabrics and patterns with illustrations and photos. Vertical fold on front cover through to inside. $200 for 4

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87802. [ADVERTISING - 20TH CENTURY MATCHBOX COVERS]. A COLLECTION OF APPROXIMATELY 1300 MATCHBOX COVERS, LABELS AND ADVERTISING CARDS DEPICTING A VARIETY OF PRODUCTS, BUSINESSES, AND PASTIMES. A collection of carefully preserved matchbox covers, labels and advertising cards tipped-in to 2 commercially manufactured scrapbook albums. The albums are bound in heavy card stock. They are roughly 30 x 22 cm. each but are not uniform in appearance. The labels vary in size from 3.5 x 5.5cm to 7.5 x 11cm. Most are of the smaller size. The images on them include advertisements for restaurants and cafes as well as brands of clothing, alcohol, cars, bicycles and motorcycles.

$975.00

 

 

 

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86581. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KOKOKKAI. 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.

$140.00
 
 

 

 

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86604. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KOKOKKAI. 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.

$285.00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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86607. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KOKOKKAI. 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 Do^mon 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.

$295.00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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86611. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KOKOKKAI. 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.

$275.00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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86613. [ADVERTISING ART - JAPAN]. KOKOKKAI. 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.

$150.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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86918. ADVERTISING] SUZUKI Nagai, editor. Shirôto ni mo Kantan ni mo dekiru KAKUSHU KANBAN SOSHOKU NO TSUKURIKATA PRACTICAL METHODS OF BUILDING UP VARIOUS SIGNS AND DISPLAYS. Tokyo: Seibundô Shinkôsha, Shôwa 13 [1938]. Oblong printed wrappers. 18.8 x 26 pp. 32pp+. Sign design for the amateur. Good condition.

$125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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90194. (BING, S.) ARTISTIC JAPAN: A MONTHLY ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL OF ARTS AND INDUSTRIES. Compiled by S. Bing. London: Sampson Low, (1888)-1891. Folio. Six volumes bound in Five.Three-quarter green cloth over pictorial boards. Stamped and ruled in gilt to spine. All 36 issues of this journal, bound without pictorial covers. With 346 of 347 plates (one plate torn in half) and numerous other illustrations. Cloth worn at extremities. Volume IV sunned on spine. Pages toned. An important work in the revival of Japonism in late 19th century Europe.

$950.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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88445. [BOOK DESIGN] TSUDA SEIFÛ, designer. SÔTEI ZUAN-SHÛ Dai-Ishû. A COLLECTION OF ARTISTIC BOOKBINDINGS Executed by SEIFU TSUDA. Kyoto, Unsodo, 1929. Oblong folio, decorated cloth, 31.6 X 41.6 cm. Signed by Seifû. Contains examples of the actual woodblock-printed covers of this important book designer's significant bindings. Very scarce item, Seifû 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, Seifû was the grand old man of the post-war Japanese art world. This scarce volume is in fine condition, in the original cloth-covered clasped case. This copy is distinguished by the fact that Seifû has written a lengthy Chinese inscription (with some kanbun diacriticals) on the front inner board and front free endpaper. Sealed by him in Shôwa 48 [1973] when he would have been 83 years old. It would appear that an admirer presented him with this lovely old volume for his calligraphy and he obliged.

$2,850.00

  

 

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83069. [COSTUME DESIGNS - NOH THEATER] NOH-KA GABI. Tokyo & Kyoto: Unsôdô, n.d. [Shôwa 9, 1934]. Large brocade covered wooden box of 102 (of 100 - there are 2 extra plates not called for in the contents pages) plates of Noh costumes, patterns, masks, etc. An impressive mixture of printing techniques - color woodcut, offset, color collotype and various hybrids thereof. Sheet size: 29 x 37 cm. One of the wonderful folios for which Unsôdô was famous between the wars. Very good, complete, very unusual, text in Japanese.
$2,850.00

  

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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89215. [DESIGN] Azuma Dôjin. Koutashirabe AZUMA KOROMO. Unsôdô, Kyôto & Tôkyô, Shôwa 12 [1937]. A large folding album (34.0 x 24.8 cm), 10 pages (15 designs) of superbly printed color woodblock images by the "Companions from the East" The margins and facing pages have browning and foxing. This, the "spring" volume, appears to be one of two volumes published. The covers are detached. Sold with all faults.

$350.00

  

 

 

 

 

 

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84030. [DESIGN BOOK] 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 and stained and there is some internal wear and spotting as well. But overall a good early printing. Cord-bound fukuro-toji Japanese style with the title printed on the covers. Complete.

$650.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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87625. [PRINT ALBUM] Takeuchi SEIHO. SEIHO IPPINSHU. Kyoto & Tokyo, Unsôdô, Shôwa 12 - 14 [1937 - 9]. 53.2 cm x 42.7 cm. The first series, complete with all 31 prints which were issued in two formats: (1) ten paper fascicules and also (2) tassel-bound by the publisher in brocade covers in book form. Our copy in the latter book form retains the original printed title label ["SEIHO'S MASTERWORKS"], with new brocade covers. In his catalogue of the recent NYPL ehon exhibition, Roger Keyes devotes quite a bit of attention to this work, which he quotes Jack Hillier as naming "one of the most magnificent printing achievements of the twentieth century." Most sets were destroyed, as were the blocks, when the printer's studio in Tokyo burned during the war, making the IPPINSHU very nearly a lost masterpiece complete. Given the circumstances of its creation and destruction, it is assumed that there was but one printing.

There are 18 woodcuts, double oban in size, as well as 13 other prints done in collotype, lithography and experimental combinations - all the most advanced techniques of the time are lovingly employed to capture Seihô's art. Though the interleaved tissue is occasionally browned and stained, the prints themselves are for the most part bright and clean, without the foxing usually found with this work. A very important collection and a rarity, complete. All enclosed in a custom clasped chitsu case.

$18,500.00

 

  

 

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89182.  [DESIGN BOOK] Yoshida Gyokujô, compiler. TANSAI GAFU. Kyoto, Happpôdô, Shôwa 9 [1934]. 2 vols., complete. Tall folios, 36.7 x 25.4 cm, orihon folded album in woodcut printed paper over board covers with printed paper title labels. There are 25 total full page color woodblock prints. Interesting style, mixing flat solid colors with small naturalistic elements in a single print. Good impressions and colors. Complete in clasped chitsu case with printed silk label. Case is worn, books about good. The set eventually ran to 4 volumes, these are the first two produced.

$1,600.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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89197. [DESIGN] Fujii Rindô. SHOKUMON ZUKAN 1-4. Kyôto, Yamada Unsôdô, Meiji 35 [1902]. Four volumes, complete, each volume with printed title, string-bound Japanese-style, fukuro-toji. 24.2 x 16.4 cm. Illustrated throughout with lightly colored woodblock prints of traditional design motifs. The covers are worn, some pages split but present.

$750.00

 

 

 

 

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90097. [DESIGN] FUJII Tatsukichi, designer. SÔSAKU SENSHOKU ZUANSHÛ. [A Collection of Designs for Dyework] Tokyo & Osaka: Bungado, Showa 8 [1933]. Large portfolio, 41 x 31 cm., decorative cloth covered clasped chitsu case with a printed decorative label, all enclosed in the publisher's folding cardboard outer box. A 4 page fascicle of preliminaries and a table of contents. With the chitsu 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. 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.

$3,850.00

 
 
 
 
  

 

 

 

 

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90354. [DESIGN] FURUYA KORIN. MATSU ZUKUSHI 松づくし. Kyoto: Unsôdô, Meiji 38 [1905]. Oblong album, 18.3 x 24.9 cm, one page introduction and final colophon page, along with 50 designs on twenty-five 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 metallic inks, overprinting, etc.. One of a series of four similarly designed albums. Each is devoted exclusively to a particulary theme; this one is pine. A good copy of this fragile work, with slight internal toning, pencil ownership at the rear and slight edge chipping to front cover. Back paper cover renewed.

$650.00

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

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87489. [DESIGN] Gotô Ryûkô. HANA NO NISHIKI #3. Kyoto: Unkindo, Meiji 36 [1903]. A single woodblock-printed sheet, approx. 36 X 50 cm., folded into printed covers, 25.2 x 17.8 cm. Unkindô, a short-lived but brilliant publisher, later merged into the Unsôdô concern. A bit browned and edgeworn, it is number 3 from an unknown number of such single-sheet designs. Very unusual, unknown in the literature.

$225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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89195. [DESIGN] Hagino Issui, designer. ZUAN HYAKUDAI. 3 Vols. Kyoto, Unsodo, 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. Unsodo 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 Unsodo design books, which is very good, indeed.

$2850.00

 

  

 

 

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89434. [DESIGN] HAPPÔDÔ, publisher/printer. KOKUGA ÔGI. Kyôto, Happôdô, N.D. [other sources indicate a date of 1938] Very large oblong brocade porfolio, 36.5 x 59.0 cm. Contains an undated Happôdô colophon and 50 design prints (49 in color and one as a textual calligraphic introduction to the work) A source indicates the designs were done by Yamaoka Chinpei. The prints are extraordinarily lavish, with sprinkled metal flakes, overprinting, metallic inks, etc. A wonderful tribute to the Neo-Rimpa and Deco sensibilities of the age. The case has been restored, the prints are quite clean.

$3,250.00

 

 

 

 

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88685. [DESIGN] HARUNA Shigeharu, editor. Kôgei Ôyô ZUAN ZASSHI 7 issues. No.'s 20-26, Tôkyô, Meiji 26-27 [1893-4]. 24.5 x 16.6 cm. Stab-bound wrapper's in woodblock printed paper covers. Haruna Shigeharu (1847-1913) was a pottery painter born into the upper classes in Ishikawa prefecture, here using his artistic and design skills to organize and edit this "PRACTICAL ARTS DESIGN MAGAZINE", full of black and white design ideas and articles on such topics as the Columbian Exposition, etc. Very unusual periodical, here in very good condition, inside and out. A short but continuous run.

$600.00

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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89186.[DESIGN] Hisatomi Jun; Yoshida Tamashiro, designes.SHINKÔ KOSODE BURI 1, 2, 3, 5.Kyôto, Happôdô, Shôwa 8 [1933] 36.1 x 26.1 cm. Each volume of the four (of five) contains 10 lovely color- printed woodblock design in a kimono sleeve format. A wonderful collection of these "shinkô" "modern" designs. The woodblock printed covers are loose and some folds in the folding albums are starting. Sold with all faults. 4 volumes. 

$950.00

 

 

 

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89405. [DESIGN] Iida Shikô. HÔEN-CHÔ. Kyôto: Maria Gabô, Shôwa 7 [1932] Oblong orihon folding album in the original publisher's chitsu clasped case. 28.3 x 39.0 cm. There are 23 ornately printed circular designs with metallic inks, etc. Maria Gabo was not prolific, but what they printed was always done with first rate craftsmanship.

$1,750.00

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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83290. [DESIGN] ISOZAKI Kôsaburo. KINKAN'EN SHINISHO YOHON 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.

$375.00
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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85273.[DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist. CHIGUSA. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 36 [1903]. 35.5 X 23.7 cm. Volume two only (of three, total). This exquisite suite of 12 (of 54 in the 3 volume set) full 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.

$2,750.00

 

 

 
 

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87370. [DESIGN BOOK] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist.  MOMOYOGUSA. Kyoto: Unsôdô, Meiji 42-43 [1909-10].  3 volumes.  30.1 X 22.5 cm.  Most consider it the finest Japanese design book of all time, this exquisite suite 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 internally superb, with almost none of the gutter fading and metallic ink transfer common to this work.  One of the finest printings we have seen.  Some paper overlay is chipped away on the front covers of volumes one and three, though they retain the original printed titles, and the printed paper overlay on the back of one volume is missing and is quite chipped away on the other.  The exterior of volume two is about perfect.  A complete copy of this cornerstone of any Japanese design collection.  

$57,500.00

 
 
  
 

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87881. [DESIGN BOOK] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist.  MOMOYOGUSA. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Shôwa 62 [1987]. 30.1 X 22.5 cm. 3 volumes. Doubtless one of the finest design books of all time, this exquisite suite of 60 double page color printed woodblocks is printed and overprinted using opaque and metallic inks to produce a sumptuous surface. This is the most recent re-strike from the original blocks, done by the original printer, Unsôdô. The condition is like new. In the publisher's original shipping box, brocade-covered clasped chitsu with printed paper title label and dustwrappers on each volume. Obviously, only a pale reflection of the original work, nonetheless modern Unsôdô's still considerable skills have succeeded in creating a work that has considerable merit in its own right and captures the design genius of Sekka in his original medium of artistic expression, the color woodcut. Three volumes, complete:

$4,500.00

 

 

 

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87918. [DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA. NIHON JOSÔ 7 vols. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 39 [1906]. 26.3 x 18.7 cm. 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, some cover soiling, in very good condition overall. Complete.

$750.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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84906.[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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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89216. [DESIGN] Kanô Shûhô, artist.Ukiyoe Monyô KOSODE HYAKUSEN. [KYÔTO, HAPPÔDÔ, SHÔWA 11 {1936}]. 36.7 x 27.2 cm. Though this copy has no colophon or textual material, it consists of 48 of the 50 woodblock printed sheets, each with two designs, so 96 of 100 designs. Each design is identified by the original ukiyo-e artist's name. The printings are fine, the condition good overall. With the original title page, all in a clasped chitsu case. Sold with all faults.

$750.00

 
 
 

 

 

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87847. [DESIGN] Kawarasaki Kôtô.  Monyô HANA NO SHIORI. Kyôto, Uchida Bijutsu, Shôwa 9, 10 [1934,5]. 3 vols., 36.5 x 24.5 cm, orihon folding album in printed paper over board covers, printed paper title labels. Each volume profusely illustrated in lovely, delicately printed color woodblocks, 2 designs per page. Each volume has 25 pages of prints, 75 all together, thus 150 designs. Very good impressions, printed in subtle color. A few tissue guards and a few designs have faint pencil drawings for design modifications, else internally clean and good. The book covers are a bit soiled, stained and rubbed. All are housed in the original, worn, publisher's clasped chitsu case. An appealing copy, complete, and in good condition overall.

$1,950.00

 

 

 

 

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89203. [DESIGN] KAWARASAKI Kôtô.IRO CHIGUSA 2 volumes.Unsôdô, Kyôto & Tôkyô, Shôwa 14 [1939]. One of the wonderful design books by Kawarasaki, complete, with a total of 40 pages of color woodblock printed designs, 2 or 3 to a page. A few transfers of images to facing pages and a bit of fading to the covers, else very good. Unusual title.

$1,600.00

 
 
 

 

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89194. [DESIGN] KOSUGI Sugimura & YOKOI Tokifuyu, designers.DAI NIHON BIJUTSU ZUFU 4 vols. Tôkyô, Yoshikawa Hanshichi, Meiji 34 [1901]. 4 plate volumes, orihon folding albums illustrated with 154 pages of color woodcut. 25.1 x 18.5 cm Complete as such BUT not including the 4 text volumes. A lovely compendium of traditional design. Very good colors, impression and condition. Volume 4 is split at one fold; its rear cover is detached, and its front cover attached with a tissue repair.

$950.00

 
 
 

 

  

 

 

 

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87225. [DESIGN MAGAZINE]. TEIKOKU KOGEI Vol.11, #12. Tokyo, Shôwa 12 [1937]. 25.7 x 19 cm. Decorated wrappers. Interesting articles on contenporary art and design.... furniture, fashion, kitchenware, graphics, etc., etc. The dominant sensibility is Deco throughout. Illustrated with halftone photo plates. Very good.

$135.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

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84576. [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

 

 

 

 

 

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87769.[DESIGN] NAITÔ Ryôji.  SÔSHOKU KATTO GASHÛ. Tôkyô, Sosaku Zuan Kankôkai, Shôwa 8 [1933]. Western bound in incised leatheroid over boards. 26.8 x 19.5 cm. 78 b+w images, mostly full page of "Decorative Cuts" drawing on the female form - flappers, vamps and decadent androgynous beauties in many roles, pirates, a cowgirl, a nun, etc., etc. Ero-guro meets Beardsley. Very good condition in the original publisher's slipcase. Very unusual, showing a different side of the decorative impulse in the Japanese 1930s.

$285.00

 

 

 

 

 

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89115. DESIGN] NAKAGAWA Yoshinaga, designer.NAKAGAWA ZUANSHÛ. Nagoya, Fukada Zuan Kenkyûsho, Taishô 6 [1917]. Wonderful portfolio of lithographed designs in a Deco idiom. Reminiscent of the early work of Sugiura Hisui but with its own unique quirky sense of boldness and fun. Animal and vegetal themes for the most part. Very unusual. Complete as issued.

$2,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

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86937.[DESIGN] ODA Kazuma, artist and designer. ÔYÔ ZUAN  Gekkan  Dai-ichi-go.Tôkyô, Papiyon Zuansha, Taishô 7 [1918]. Folio-sized wrappers, 34.5 x 24.2 cm. This "Practical Design" monthly features the work of Oda Kazuma (1882-1956) in this, its first issue. This issue features articles on the use of electric lights at night for advertising with a note at the end on some recent advertising posters that have appeared. Obviously a periodical by professionals for professionals in the design and advertising world. Not a world one usually thinks of Oda Kazuma belonging to, but here he turns his talents at lithographic printmaking to more practical ends, with several examples of advertising designs and commercial art. Very good condition throughout. Very unusual.

$1,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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85761.[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.              

$850.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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86884.[DESIGN]. SAIKÔKYÛ MIRAAKOOTO-KAMI TOPPAN-ZURI OODAMATCHI MIHONCHÔ NP, ND [Japan, 1960s?]. 16.3 X 24.5 cm. Leatheroid covers, 23 pages of 5.5 x 8 cm designs for matchbox covers, done in a "mirrorcoat" process of relief printing. One sample clipped for color matching. The back covers is loosening. Overall, a good copy of this very scarce and ephemeral catalogue.

$225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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84625.[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.

$675.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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87751.[DESIGN] Shimomura TAMAHIRO. TAMAHIRO GASHÛ. Kyoto & Tokyo: Unsôdô, Taishô 14 [1925]. Single sheets cord-bound into illustrated boards with a printed paper title label. 36.2 X 25.3 cm. There are 16 pages of color woodblock printed designs and 30 pages of b+w collotypes. One of the hybrid design books that Unsôdô created in the 20s and 30s. Very clean and bright in the original publisher's slipcase. A very unusual and late effort by Tamahiro [1878-1926], an important Unsôdô designer who began his work for them at the turn of the century. Even more unusual in such lovely original condition. Complete.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

$1,250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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90410. [DESIGN] SHIN ZUAN 新図案, #11-20, 10 volumes. Kyoto, Shinzuankai. Nakayasu Shinsaburô, Meiji 25-7 [1890-2]. 24.4 x 16.5 cm. Cord- bound Japanese-style (fukuro toji). Printed paper covers, each with at least 12 single page color woodcuts after designs by Kamisaka Sekka, Kaishi [Kaigai] Tennen and others. These are volumes eleven through twenty of the series, NEW DESIGNS. Engraved by Fujimura Shinjirô and printed by Takagi Gennosuke, it is a fine example of the art of book making and the design revival beginning in middle Meiji. The impressions are fresh and very good. The overall condition is about good, with a bit of occasional staining and worming. Each volume is $275.00, sold as a lot of ten volumes for

$2,250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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86927.[DESIGN] Shirokiya Department Store.  38 COVERS FROM RYÛ KÔ MAGAZINE.Tôkyô, Taishô era design, done by the design staff, including Furuta Tachiji, of Shirokiya Department store for this, their monthly magazine. Here we have a group of 38 front covers, removed from the original magazines. They were trimmed by a collector to uniform size andstab bound into an album. Here removed again, they provide a repositury of Taishô chic design at its best. Save for the trimming and occasional foxing, in very good condition.

$1,250.00

 

 

 

 

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88457. Sugiura HISUI, designer. MITSUKOSHI; MITSUKOSHI TIMES; ÔSAKA MITSUKOSHI. Tôkyô & Ôsaka, 1908-1923. Western-style magazines, 24.9 x 18.4 cm, decorated wrappers. Lovely covers, most by Sugiura Hisui [1876-1965] or designed under his supervision. Hisui is the most important figure in the development of Japanese commercial art in the 20th century, the progenitor of "Taishô Chic" and a force to be reckoned with as a practical designer at Mitsukoshi and an educator at the Japan School of Art, the Imperial School of Fine Art and the Tama Imperial School of Art which he co-founded. He even spent two years in Europe in the early 20s, researching design. He created many portfolios of design examples for professionals, wrote treatises on the principles of design and was a tireless creator of posters and magazine covers. He began work at Mitsukoshi in 1908 as a design consultant in charge of cover art for the house organ, MITSUKOSHI TIMES. When MITSUKOSHI magazine began in 1912, he had already been promoted to head of design for the company a year earlier and stayed in that position for decades. His artwork graced the covers of many magazines over the years, but it was his work for MITSUKOSHI and MITSUKOSHI TIMES and ÔSAKA MITSUKOSHI that began his design career. 


We are offering here a group of issues of those magazines, most with his brilliant cover art. The magazines, as a form of trade catalog and guide to fashion for the well-heeled clientele of Mitsukoshi department store, were intrinsically ephemeral. They are hefty magazines, a vade mecum for the bon ton, with pictures of summer frocks, kimono fabrics, morning coats, shoes - with instructions on how they should be cleaned, stored, worn. With pictures and prices and order sheets. Useful and used, then thrown away, they are seldom found today. A gathering of this size is quite unusual, especially as it begins with issues of MITSUKOSHI TIMES from 1908 - the year that Hisui took over design responsibilities for the house organ. 
The issues:

MITSUKOSHI TIMES 11 issues from 1908-13 
(Oct & Nov, Meiji 41 {1908}; V.8, nos. 4 & 6; V.10, nos. 9 & 11; V.11, nos. 4, 7, 11 & 14 V.12, no. 3).

MITSUKOSHI 31 issues from 1912-1923
 (V.2, no. 4; V.4 nos. 5, 6, 7 & 8; V.5 nos. 4, 5, 7 & 8; V.6 nos. 2 & 11; V.7 nos. 6, 7 & 8; V.8, nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7; V.9 nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 12; V.10 nos. 4, 6 & 12; V.11 no. 11; V.12 no. 3; V.13 no. 6).

ÔSAKA MITSUKOSHI 2 issues
, V.4 no. 8 [1915] and v.6, no. 5 [1917].

A few issues have a bit of cover loss, crumbling spines, rusting staples, etc. but overall good condition for this remarkable document of design, fashion and social history at a turning point in Japanese (and world) history - the period before and during the first Great War which chnaged the world forever. 44 issues in all.

$4,500.00

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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85515. [DESIGN] Sugiura HISUI.  KODAKARA.Tôkyô: Mitsukoshi Gofukuten, Meiji 45 [1912]. 29 x 23.5 cm., decorated boards and cloth, in decorated dustwrapper and original tied decorated portfolio covers. A lovely package, designed and illustrated by Hisui (1876-1965), the head designer for Mitsukoshi for the first half of the 20th century, and one of the most important commercial designers of his day. Profusely illustrated throughout in color lithographs and relief prints. The text was written by Iwaya Sazanami, this wonderful book was created for the new mothers of the burgeoning middle class who were buying their baby clothes and furnishings at Mitsukoshi. It was meant as a child's diary of development. from birth to the age of seven. Originally published in 1909, this second printing is nearly perfect (there is some spotting to the tied outer covers) and original and, as such, very scarce and desirable. [See pp. 70-71 for more on this book in the Hisui special issue of the magazine, HANGA GEIJUTSU, #140, Summer, 2008.] Near fine.

$2,850.00

 

 

 

 

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86879. [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 with a torn cover of this very scarce and ephemeral catalogue.

$385.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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85105.[EHON - BIRDS & FLOWERS] [Nakayama SÛGAKUDÔ]. Shasei SHIJÛ-HACHI TAKA GAJÔ. Tôkyô, et al., Hakubunsha, 1888. 35.8 x 23.4 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 the same year 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. Former owner's stamp on the front cover, brief title on the rear cover. Complete, as issued. Very scarce and lovely work.

$3,850.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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90269. [EHON - Design Book] Yamada Unsôdô, publisher. MOMIJI. Kyoto: Yamada Unsodo, Meiji 44 [1911]. 26.5 x 19 cm. Orihon, with printed paper covers over boards. Thirty double fold sets of color woodcuts detailing the leaf forms of some 187 different species of Japanese maple. A scarce example of Unsodo's wonderful design work with a naturalistic theme from the early part of the 20th century. The covers are a bit worn, but the impressions and colors are very good. Complete as issued, in one volume.

$1,200.00

 
 
 
 

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88881. [EPHEMERA - Matchbox and Matchbook Covers]. A COLLECTION OF OVER 950 JAPANESE MATCHBOX AND MATCHBOOK COVERS from both the pre- and postwar period mounted in one album. The vast majority are clipped matchbox covers from the preWar era - cafe culture at its finest on display. Then there are some 72 matchboxes from the immediate postWar era squashed flat and slipped into the pockets of the album. These covers offer a dizzying display of Japanese graphic design in miniature. The designs are largely in the Deco design idiom and advertise everything from hotels, tea rooms, bars and restaurants, to barbershops, service stations, and factories. Not just Tôkyô, but also other towns and cities and resorts all over Japan. The designs are strong; the best of which give an impression of size despite their small scale.

$875.00

 


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83297. [FABRIC SAMPLE ALBUM]. WAKAN MEIBUTSU KODAI RESSHÔ n.p., n.d., Kyoto? It is clear that, though this folding album (30 X 20.8 cm) in fabric covered boards with brushed fabric title label was put together in the early 20th Century, the 277 samples selected are much older. The title roughly translates as "Vintage scraps of the noted productions of China and Japan" Designs of many eras, various fabrics, all mounted together in this "idea book" which belonged to a textile designer in modern Japan.

$3,750.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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84620.[FAN ALBUM]. Taishô ERA WOODCUT FAN ALBUM FROM Kyôto. Fan albums are an interesting genre. Created as marketing tools for deluxe fan makers, they are a compilation of a season's available designs, commissioned from some of the most eminent artists of the day. Once the season was over, the sample books were sold - a very limited production. They have largely disappeared from the market, almost before anyone noticed how interesting they really are.

This particular example is very nice, with 57 prints in all - by such important artists as Seihô, Taikan, Tessai, etc., plus a number of unsigned and quite striking abstract designs, as well. Probably created in the 1920s. Lovely printings and colors, generally good condition, one or two of the prints are damaged, a few others are a bit foxed and browned. Brocade covers nibbled at a corner.

$1,950.00

 

 

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89262. [FAN DESIGN ALBUM] TANAKA Tôshû. UCHIWA-CHÔ. Another example of the fan sample genre. Here there are 55 color woodblock printed square designs, each 23 x 23.5 cm, in ribbon-bound printed cardboard covers with a printed paper title label. The designs are by the designer, Tanaka Tôshû, and the album seems to have been commissioned by him, as well. Bold designs, undated, but from the 50s or 60s of the last century. In good condition overall.

$650.00

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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87894. [FRONT MAGAZINE] Okada Kuwamitsu(?), editor. FRONT 1-2 1942. Tokyo, Tôhô-sha, Shôwa 17 [1942]. Photo-illustrated wrappers, 42.3 x 29.7 cm. This is the Chinese language edition, meant for the continent, of the great propaganda magazine FRONT, which appeared in some 15 different languages. This is the first issue (number 1- 2), dedicated to the Imperial Navy and its "defense of Asia". The work combines the talents of some of the most important of Japan's photographers, working under the direction of Kimura Ihei. The layout was designed under the direction of Hara Hiromu. Our copy is a bit worn and stained, but the Chinese language versions are very hard to find, having been sent to what was, in effect, an active war zone. Very unusual.

$985.00

  

 

  
 
 
 
 

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87859. [FRONT MAGAZINE] SUGIHARA Jirô, editor. DAI TÔA KENSETSU GAHO Ajia no Mamori - Teikoku Kaigun. Tokyo, Nippon Denpô, Shôwa 17 [1942] Photo-illustrated wrappers. 42.3 x 29.7 cm. This is the Japanese language home edition of the great propaganda magazine FRONT, which appeared in some 15 different languages. This edition combines the first and second number, dedicated to the Imperial Navy and its "defense of Asia"(including amazing photo plates, some folding, of the attacks on European holdings in Southeast Asia and the attack on Pearl Harbor). The work combined the talents of some of the most important of Japan's photographers, working under the direction of Kimura Ihei. The layout was designed under the direction of Hara Hiromu. Our copy is in very good condition, inside and out. Very unusual and very important.

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87189. [FURNITURE] Kenmochi Isamu. Kenchiku Shinsho 9 KIKAKU KAGU. Tokyo, Shôwa 19 [1944] 2nd printing after the first of 1943. 12mo., bound Western style in illustrated boards, heavily illustrated with photos. THE STANDARDS OF FURNITURE was an important work, as is evidenced by its reprinting in the closing days of a losing war effort. Kenmochi is generally acknowledged to be one of the foremost industrial designers of the 20th century. In very good condition.

$385.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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87789.[INTERIOR DESIGN] KONDÔ Sei-ichi.  SHITSUNAI SÔSHOKU. Tôkyô & Osaka, Shôwa 5 [1930].  Small 8vo., 365pp+ ads.  Preliminary section of photo illustrations.  Exhaustive study of "transitional" decorative techniques which embrace Western elements such as chairs and tables and integrate them with a more traditional decorative sensibility. The book itself is very good in a very good slipcase.  Complete.        
 
  $145.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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32245. [JAPANESE DESIGN]. JAPANISCHE STOFF-MUSTER. Mit Einem Vorwort von Dr. Johannes Nithack. Munchen: G. Hirth, [n.d.]. 8vo, yellow wrappers; forward + 20pp. color pattern illustrations. Soiling at wrappers, else very good.

$45.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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80883. [JAPANESE EPHEMERA] JAPANESE EPHEMERA COLLECTION - 125 PIECES, PHOTOS, CARDS, 19TH-20TH CENTURY. Mostly for Western tourists, this collection includes hotel luggage labels and tags in various shapes and sizes; matchbox labels (in English and Japanese); trade cards with ornate designs; three hand colored albumen photographs, 8 x 10.5 in.; greeting cards, including Christmas and New Year's cards; folding maps of the Tokaido Road, Java, a brochure about the Inland Sea; a brochure on Japanese prints; wine labels; Japanese paper samples with text printed in English; a small (6 1/4 in.) painted fan with wooden handle; a menu for a dinner in August of 1937 with a woodblock print cover reproduction of Hiroshige's Fireworks on the River Sumida; two silk and paper dolls, both men, padded to achieve a 3D effect; a small (10 x 6 1/2 in.) color print of a geisha passing two suitors on a grassy path, and more.

$850.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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85308.[JAPANESE POSTER] Ôsaka Mainichi Shimbunsha.  KAGAYAKU NIPPON DAIHAKURANKAI [THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF BRILLIANT JAPAN] & KAGAYAKU NIPPONHAKU Annaiki. The poster was printed by Ôsaka 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.

$2,750.00

 

 

 

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87804. [KAKEMONO] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist. "YAMAGA YÛKEIZU" PAINTING ON THE THEME OF A MOUNTAIN COTTAGE AT EVENING. Hanging scroll, image size 120 X 37.5 cm. Beautifully mounted on brocade with dark wooden jiku. The painting is signed and sealed by Sekka (1866-1942), the foremost master of Rimpa painting in the 20th Century in Japan. The style is that of late Sekka Rimpa quite reminiscent of his work in the book UTA-E, which was published in 1934. Probably from the late 1920s to the very beginning of the 30s. The brushwork and calligraphy are first-rate, the presentation impeccable.

A lovely evocation of tradition in 20th century Japan as the pictured woman and her child work and play out of doors in the moonlight (an echo of Yamamba and Kintarô, perhaps?) In a newish wooden box and outer cardboard slipcase with written title label.

$4,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

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84668. [KAKEMONO - HANGING SCROLL] Sugiura HISUI, artist. PAINTING AND POEM - Red Fuji. Hanging scroll, image size 52 1/4" X 26 1/2". Beautifully mounted on brocade. The painting is signed and sealed by Sugiura Hisui (1876-1965), responsible between the wars and after for Mitsukoshi department stores' trendsetting design and publicity. He has been rediscovered within the last decade. Among a number of other shows illustrating his role in creating "Taisho chic", there was a wonderful retrospective on his lifetime of work hung at the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art in 2000. This large and lovely work reveals his debt to tradition. With a presentation letter from him to a professor acquaintance, Hiruma Masamichi, dated New Year's day, Shôwa 40 (1965), the year Hisui died. A note on the box indicates this scroll was hung at the influential Issuikai annual exhibit. In a scroll box and outer slipcase.

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85534. [Kamisaka SEKKA]. Ikeda & Wood, editors. KAMISAKA SEKKA: RIMPA MASTER - PIONEER OF MODERN DESIGN, Kyoto, Birmingham, Alabama & Tokyo, 2003. Folio, wrappers. Profusely illustrated, bilingual catalogue of the finest exhibit ever assembled of this artist's work. Sekka needs no introduction, he may well be the most important traditional artist of the 20th century in Japan. His contributions to painting, illustrated books, prints and design are legion. This important and useful catalogue has become virtually unobtainable. Very fine.

$80.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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89993. [MASKS] DARUMAYA, publisher. MEN TO MASUKU Jô Ge. Ôsaka, Darumaya, Taishô 11 [1922]. 2 vols., complete, orihon folding albums. 28.1 x 20.4 cm. A wonderful selection of masks from cultures all over the world, reproduced in color woodblock prints. Good printing, very good condition. Unusual, with the publisher's clasped chitsu case.

$2,500.00

 

 

  

 

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87948. [POSTERS] ASAHI SHIMBUNSHA. EI ZUI SENKYO POSUTAA-SHÛ. Tôkyô, Shôwa 2 [1927] 26.2 x 18.9 cm., illustrated wrappers. This interesting book on election and other political posters of the mid 1920s in England and in Switzerland captures very effectively the social political ferment in those two democracies after the end of the First World War. Profusely illustrated, the posters themselves tell the tale most effectively. Must have had an avid audience in Japan, whose admiration for effective design in advertising and propaganda would have combined with an interest in democratic movements in Europe as their own "Taishô Democracy" was evolving. Edgewear, about good overall.

$245.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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89491. [PREWAR ADVERTISING]. 2 1/2 SCRAPBOOKS OF JAPANESE ADVERTISING MOCK-UPS. A wonderful collection - over 210 pages of advertising mockups from a Japanese advertising firm, perhaps, of the late 20s and early 30s of the last century. The accounts are mostly identified. The mockups are made up of proof-printed texts and illustrations, hand-drawn text and illustrations, original photo positives, etc., etc. Many Deco inspired design elements. AN interesting view over the shoulder of an advertising designer of the time. Two bound scrapbooks and one unbound selection of loose pages. A lot of the ads appear to be from 1933 [Hachinen], flogging camera film. No indication of the name of the agency or designer, but many of the ads appeared in magazines like ASAHI CAMERA and the like. Very interesting resource.

$950.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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85506.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Edited by Shôtenkaisha MAEJIMA Sei-ichi, designer. RAJIO CHIKUONKITEN HANJÔSAKU. Seibundô, Tôkyô, Shôwa 7 [1932]. 30.0 X 21.8 cm. From an important series of design portfolios originally produced by Seibundô in 1930. The original title of this work was CHIKUONKI GAKKITEN KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ and the attributed designer was Maejima Sei-ichi. That original series was distinguished as the Advertising Design [Kôkoku Zunshû] series. By 1932, the series had been retitled the Hanjôsaku [Planning for Profit] series and all reference to the original designer was dropped, new text was added, etc. In addition, it was bound in boards. 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. The front hinge is starting, about good overall.

$750.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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85507.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Edited by Shôtenkaisha.  YÔHINTEN HANJÔSAKU. Seibundô, Tôkyô, Shôwa 7 [1932]. 30.0 X 21.8 cm. From an important series of design portfolios originally produced by Seibundô in 1930. The original title of this work was YÔHIN BÔSHITEN KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ and the attributed designer was Murota Kurazô. That original series was distinguished as the Advertising Design [Kôkoku Zunshû] series. By 1932, the series had been retitled the Hanjôsaku [Planning for Profit] series and all reference to the original designers was dropped, new text was added, etc. In addition, it was bound in boards. This one is dedicated to shops specializing in western style clothing, especially hats. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome. About good overall.

$750.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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88518. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] Fujisawa Tatsuo, designer. YAKUHIN KESHÔHIN KOMAMONOTEN KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to shops specializing in medicines, cosmetics and sundries. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome, with a printed statement by the designer. Some edgewear and staining, about very good overall.
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85174.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] MAEJIMA Sei-ichi, designer.  CHIKUONKI GAKKITEN KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ. Seibundô, Tôkyô, 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

 

 

 

 

 

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85459.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Matsubara Korenori, designer.  TOKEI KINZOKU MEGANE-TEN KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ. Seibundô, Tôkyô, 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 watches, jewelry, metalwork & eyeglasses. This volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome. Some edgewear, internal foxing, about good overall. Printed paper wrappers. Very unusual.

$850.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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88516.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Murota Kurazô, designer. YOHIN BOSHITEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. 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, with a printed statement by Murota. Some edgewear, about very good overall.

$985.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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88520. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] Ôsaka Shuppansha. INSATSU BIJUTSU NENKAN. Ôsaka, Shôwa 8 [1933]. Internally staple-bound, inserted into red cloth covers. 26.3 x 19.3 cm. Over 100 pages of Japanese explanatory text and many, many samples of printing work in a commercial vein, demonstrating the printing capabilities of the industry in Ôsaka. A dominant Deco aesthetic and superior techniques make this a remarkable testament to the sophistication of commercial art in Japan in the 30s. The book block is loosening from the covers, else very good in the original publisher's slipcase.
$450.00

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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87185.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Sawa Reika, designer.  YOFUKU KODOMOFUKU-TEN KÔKOKUZUANSHÛ. Seibundô, Tôkyô, 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 and children's clothing. Sawa Reika was an important designer and advertising photographer in his day. The volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome. Some edgewear, about very good overall, with some internal foxing. Printed paper wrappers. Very unusual.

$1.100.00

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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88514. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] Sekimoto Urôji, designer. SAKE SHOYU MISO SHOKURYOHIN-TEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Seibundô, Tokyo, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 29.9 X 22.1 cm. Printed paper wrappers. From an important series of design portfolios produced by Seibundô, this one is dedicated to shops specializing In food and liquor. The volume consists of 50 pages of plates in both color and monochrome, with a printed statement by the designer. Some edgewear, about very good overall.  Very unusual.
$985.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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85177.[PREWAR ADVERTISING] Tada Hokuchô, designer. GOFUKU MUSURINTEN NO KÔKOKU ZUANSHÛ. Seibundô, Tôkyô, 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 cover. Scarce, complete.

$1,100.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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88521. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] TOTOKI [Nobutomi?]. SHOGYO BIJUTSUTEN POSUTAA SHUSEI. Osaka: Shôgyô Bijutsu Shuppansha, Shôwa 9 [1934]. Large clothbound 8vo., in printed slipcase. 104 posters are illustrated in b+w. All are credited to their designers. The catalogue of a major annual exhibition of industrial art held in Osaka by the Commercial Art League. A very useful guide to the commercial art of the time in Japan and an invaluable guide to the "players". The slipcase is a bit worn, but overall in very good or better condition. Very unusual.

$850.00
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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88519. [PREWAR ADVERTISING] YAMANA Ayao. KAFEE BAA KISSATEN KOKOKU ZUANSHU. Tokyo, Seibundô, Shôwa 5 [1930]. 11 13/16" X 8 3/4". Printed paper wrappers. 48 pp. of b+w and color plates, and 4 pp. of preliminaries and finals, depicting designs by the important 20th Century Japanese designer, Yamana Ayao (1897-1980), the originator of the "Shiseidô-style" during his long tenure as the cosmetic company's head designer. This particular portfolio is a compilation of his designs for the coffee shop/bar trade - introducing a modified Deco aesthetic which was the height of chic in the inter War years all over the world, but particularly in the lost city of Tokyo. With a printed text by the designer. Remarkable, ephemeral, rare.

$2,750.00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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85696. [PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] Kenchiku Shashin Ruishû.  BEIKOKU TOSHOKAN KENCHIKU. Tokyo: Kyôyôsha, Shôwa 3 [1928], 2nd printing.  Originally published in 1926.  Small portfolio in tied covers, 19 x 13 cm., enclosing a preliminary sheet and 50 numbered photographic plates illustrating "American Library Architecture".  Interesting display of contemporary design.  Very good condition overall.    

$125.00

 
 
 
 
 
 

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85719.  [PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] Kenchiku Shashin Ruishû.  KAIDAN II. Tokyo: Kyôyôsha, Taishô 10 [1921], the 1st printing.  Small portfolio in tied covers, 19 x 13 cm., enclosing a preliminary sheet and 50 photographic plates, numbered 51-100: the second series, illustrating staircases.  Interesting display of interior design.  Portfolio is split at one fold and has a clumsy tape repair, but its condition is still very good overall.  

  $175.00

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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85674. [PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] Kenchiku Shashin Ruishû.  KAIDAN. Tokyo: Kyôyôsha, Taishô 7 [1918].  The first printing, "hors commerce".  Small portfolio in tied covers, 19 x 13 cm., enclosing a preliminary sheet and 50 numbered photographic plates illustrating staircases.  Interesting display of interior design.  Very good condition overall.    

$175.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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85688. [PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] Kenchiku Shashin Ruishû.  SHINSHITSU TO KESHÔSHITSU. Tokyo: Kyôyôsha, Taishô 6 [1917]. Small portfolio in tied covers, 19 x 13 cm., enclosing a preliminary sheet and 50 numbered photographic plates illustrating bedrooms and dressing rooms. Interesting display of interior design. One hinge of the portfolio is weak, but the condition is Very good overall.    
 $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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88689. [PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] Kôyôsha. Kenchiku Shashin Ruishû KINDAI SÔSHOKU ISHÔ ZUAN Tôkyô, Taishô 12 [1923]. An interesting small, 19.1 x 13.3 cm, portfolio from the Illustrated Architecture series, this one on design motives and decorative elements with a heavy Deco influence. The ties of the little portfolio are missing, else about good.

$145.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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85683. [PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] Kyôyôsha, publisher.  Kenchiku Shashin Ruishû KAGU Maki Ni. Tokyo: Taishô 9 [1921].  Originally printed in 1918, this is the 5th printing.  Small, 19.1 x 13.2 cm portfolio covers, tied. 50 numbered plates of photos of contemporary, often Art Deco, furniture styles from around the world.  Very good and complete copy of this, the second collection in the series.    

$175.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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85885. [PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] Obayashi Gumi. TOKYO GEKIJO. Osaka, Shôwa 5 [1930]. Large 8vo., wrappers, illustrated with photos throughout, along with many plans. A visual and textual discussion of Shôchiku's TOKYO THEATRE, a large Western-style building designed for the performance of Kabuki, one of several Kabuki theatres in Tokyo which provided venues for Shôchiku's near monopoly of traditional theatre at the time. Interestingly enough, the TOKYO THEATRE was the only one of Shôchiku's venues to survive the war and became the center of Kabuki production during the Occupation. The Obayashi Gumi which built the theatre and published this guide, survives today as one of the major contractors in Japan. Very good condition throughout with slight soiling to the covers.

$750.00

 

 

 

 

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88254. [PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] TAKASUGI Mikitarô, editor. JUTAKU KENCHIKU Kenshô Sekkei Zuanshû. Tôkyô, Kenchiku Gakkai, Shôwa 9. 8vo., printed wrappers. This book of award-winning designs for domestic architecture has forty plus pages of designs and projections. Very good condition.

$165.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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87216. [PREWAR ARCHITECTURE]. TEIKOKU GIKAI GIJIDO KENCHIKU NO GAIYO. Tokyo, Shôwa 11 [1936]. Large 8vo., wrappers, 120+pp. Interesting summary of the design and construction of the the new National Diet building, Heavily illustrated throughout. The Diet building, of course, was spared in the air raids at the end of the war and is still being used as the seat of government today. In very good condition.

$135.00

 

 

 

 

 

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89416. [PREWAR DESIGN] Atorie-sha. ZUAN SHINGIHÔ ÔZA NOUVEAU COURS: METHODES DU DESSIN DECORATIF 8 vols. Tôkyô, Atorie-sha, Shôwa 7 [1932]. 8 volumes, 8vo., complete, bound western-style in wrappers. An interesting synopsis in Japanese of world-wide trends in commercial art in the early 1930s. Very good or better condition, many b+w illustrations. In the original publisher's slipcases. The Atorie-sha was one of the most important publishers of art criticism, etc. before the war in Japan.

$650.00

 
 
 
 
 
 

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89331. PREWAR STYLE] Asahi Shinbunsha. SHÛMI NO KINDAI-SÔ. Tôkyô, Shôwa 5 [1930]. Decorated western-style wrappers. 8vo. in size. 366pp+. Many illustrations integrated with the text. This summary of RECENT STYLE TRENDS has a multitude of essays written about everything from modern art to the maintenance of hamsters as pets. A useful and intimate guide to the lives of the western-influenced urban Japanese in the years before the turn to nativism. Near fine condition - amazing avant-garde cover patterning.

$250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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33895. [TEXTILE DESIGNS] Akashi Somebito [Sennin?], editor. Momoyama Keichô KESSHÛ SEIKA. Kyoto: Tanaka Heiandô, Shôwa 11 [1936]. Large folio size orihon folding album in silk-covered boards, with a silk title label; it is separated on a few folds. Introductory material and 20 full page color plates illustrating magnificent textiles of the late 16th and early 17th century in Japan.

$365.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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86394. [TEXTILE SAMPLES]. SHIMA SHIMA. 29.8 X 24.5 cm, tassel-bounde cloth over board covers with a printed title label on the cloth. There are 8 pages of fabric samples, mounted 5 per page, hence 40 samples in all. Men's kimono fabric with striped patterns, somber and dark. Mid-20th Century? Good condition throughout.
$95.00

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

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90392.  Toyosha, publisher. Fujingahō 婦人書報 The Ladies Graphic no 267. Tokyo. Tokyosha. 1927 November. 26 x18.5m. 192 pp. Western bound magazine in colored, printed paper wrappers that opens Japanese style. Japanese text with some English language captions. November issue of a monthly women's lifestyle magazine, Fujingahō, established in 1905, and continuing today. Detailed articles, photos, both black and white and tinted, and charming illustrated ads reveal the concerns and interests of the Japanese housewife in the late 1920s. The topics cover a wide range of the aesthetic and practical, including beauty, fashion, kimono, children, housekeeping, interior design, movies and the Imperial family. A time capsule of daily life in Fall of 1927 that is also striking in its similarity to topics covered today. Articles that reveal curiosity toward Western influence, such as foreign hairstyles for young women, and living rooms with Western furniture, are accompanied by intriguing photos. Some light soiling on back cover, a little loss at foot of spine and top fore corner a little crumpled.

$85.00

  

 

 

  

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90409. Uemura Rokuro 上村六郎 . Nishikiori Taikanzen Edojidai (Chūgoku) Genjin/Motondo Shiki 錦織大鑑 全 江戸時代 (中国) 元人識 . n.p.: Showa 53 [1978]. 32 x 39.5cm double accordion fold album comprised of hand-mounted samples of vintage Chinese fabrics housed in a 35.5 x 43.5cm custom wooden box with ribbon ties.

Patterned fabric-covered front board has handwritten title label that reads Complete Brocade Encyclopedia Edo Period (China), with the pen name (read either as Genjin or Motondo) of the compiler, Uemura Rokuro, and his seal in Japanese. Gold paper lined inner boards.

Vintage cloth woven by the Chinese in the Edo Period (1603 - 1869 Qing Dynasty) in an album compiled in Showa 53 (1978) by Uemura Rokuro. Includes a small hand-written note with date on Japanese paper. Likely compiled in Kyoto, where Rokuro was a lifelong inhabitant.

A total of 67 samples of pictorial and floral motifs as well as stripes and abstract designs in rich colors including fabric embroidered with metallic thread and silk. The album itself was assembled with painstaking attention to detail; fabric is attractively arranged and mounted and framed on Japanese paper. A noteworthy page has a fabric piece mounted in a cloud shape, below two gold metallic rosettes.

上村六郎 Uemura Rokuro [1894 - 1991?] was perhaps the most influential scholar of traditional dyeing techniques of both cloth and paper in Japan and was also an expert on international techniques of traditional dyeing. Uemura was the author of numerous books and articles on these subjects over the course of his long life.

A lovely album. Some fading to fabric and damage to wooden box.

$5,000.00