The Art of Printing in Japan Surveyed

Wa-kan [or] Wakan shuyo [The Art of Printing in Japan].

Eleven facsimiles & 49 tipped-in samples of early Japanese printing, some containing illus. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. patterned silk wrappers, stitched as issued. Tokyo: Shomotsu Tenbosha, 1933.

First edition, limited to 50 numbered copies and printed on fine paper, of this extremely rare “leaf book” demonstrating the progress of Japanese printing from 1347 to 1888. Some of the tipped-in samples demonstrate woodblock printing in color. Saito (1887-1961), was a book collector and historian of Japanese bookplates and forbidden books.

These volumes are an excellent introduction to the progress of printing by moveable type, woodblock, and copper engraving.

Fine set in a chitsu.

Price: $5,000.00

Item ID: 6522

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