Shozoku shokumon zue [Courtly Textile Patterns]. Tokikata MATSUOKA, Hyakuri HONMA.
Shozoku shokumon zue [Courtly Textile Patterns].
Shozoku shokumon zue [Courtly Textile Patterns].
Shozoku shokumon zue [Courtly Textile Patterns].

Shozoku shokumon zue [Courtly Textile Patterns].

Numerous fine color woodcuts of textile designs (see below for a fuller description). 45 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. decorated wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. N.p.: 1815.

[with]:

— & —. Shokumon zue [Textile Patterns]. Numerous fine color woodcuts of textile designs. 24; 26; 24; 16; 21; 18 folding leaves. Six vols. Large 8vo, orig. decorated wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. N.p.: 1817-17-17-18-24-25.

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HONMA, Hyakuri. Fukushoku zukai [Pictorial Explanation of Courtly Attire]. Numerous fine color woodcuts in the text. 15; 14 folding leaves. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. decorated wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. N.p.: 1816.

First editions to be edited by Honma — complete — of this rare and important work on courtly attire; it is especially notable for the hundreds of complicated and elaborate woodcuts, which reveal the art of the Japanese book. The purpose of this work was to “archive” the styles of attire worn at court as well as to depict the rich variety of textiles used. Matsuoka (1764-1840), a samurai and scholar of the royal court, and Honma (1784-1854), his disciple, wrote these works to record the system of yusokukojitsu (the ceremonies, manners, and customs of the ancient medieval court).

The hundreds of woodcuts are enormously complex. Some of them have been have been repeatedly printed using the same color to attain a rich and deep, almost 3-D, appearance. Some of the woodcuts have been printed several times using different colors. Blind-printing (karazuri), burnishing of the printed area (tsuyadashi), and the application of gold flakes are all employed at the highest production standards. Each pattern has a caption with its name and description of those eligible to wear it.

The first work has a stated limitation of 200 copies.

An uncommonly fine set, printed on excellent paper.

Price: $12,500.00

Item ID: 5655

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