FEIYINGGE CONGHUA. (Collected Illustrations from The Feiyingge Pictorial). Shanghai, 1927. c. 50 folded sheets (100 pp.) per fascicle. B/w lithographic illustrations throughout each volume. 8 vols. 14x17 cm. Stitched, original cloth case with wear. Missing one toggle.
The Feiyingge Pictorial was established in 1890 by Wu Youru, who left the Dianshizhai Pictorial to establish this competitor illustrated magazine. Just before his death in 1893, Wu handed publication over to a fellow lithography artist, Zhou Quan (Zhou Muqiao) who continued the magazine (under similar, if not identical, names) for a few years. The magazine started out emulating the Dianshizhai Pictorial format by illustrating and describing a mix of news stories, strange events and traditional Chinese artistic imagery. It later eradicated the journalistic content and focused on more traditional imagery.
This work was first published in 1922 and comprises one of the later editions of the collectanea showing the output of Feiyingge. It provides a retrospective of Feiyingge's output, presented in the format of a huapu or painting manual/guide, designed to offer subject matter to copy, or inspiration for, fresh work.
Complete in eight fascicles with content as follows: Figure Painting (3 fascicles); Standard Illustrations of Various Subjects; Flowers; Birds; Landscapes; Figure Painting and Fan Paintings of Flowers and Plants. This production focuses firmly on traditional content, lacking any content on female fashion and quirky events found in earlier versions. The lithographic content, quality of production and quality of the paper is, again, inferior to earlier editions but still crisp, clear and very detailed. All text in Chinese.
Foxing to covers of fascicles, loose stitching to a couple of the fascicles. Internally, generally fine, but with some minor foxing from time to time Original case with some wear and loss of one toggle. Very rare in a complete form.
Subjects: Rare Books
Available, as of: 20/05/2019
Was item 301 in printed List 195.
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