Shimomura Tamahiro: KIN TAI JO. (A Gathering of Brocade Bags). Kyoto, 1921. 2 pp. list of contents, 2 pp. introduction and 20 pp. original colour woodblock prints. 28x20 cm. Accordion-style.
Comprises a two page calligraphic list of contents, a two page introduction and 20 pages of original colour woodblock prints showing a delightful and varied assembly of Japanese brocade embroidered bags. The woodblock illustrations are taken from designs by the little-known artist, Shimomura Tamahiro. The diverse range of prints and materials depicted in the images of the brocade bags and the varied use of colour is testament to the skill and art of the woodblock cutter and also to the high standards that the publisher, Unsodo, pursued and achieved. The album also has two pages of woodblock printed frontpapers of flying birds, flowers and deer, echoing the woodblock printed design on the front cover of the album. All text in Japanese. Some offsetting but generally fine. Minor wear to covers. Rare. The first time we have seen this work.
Subjects: Illustrated Books Printing
Available, as of: 26/04/2018
Was item 193 in printed List 189.
Record produced by Hanshan Tang Books, www.hanshan.com.