Manuscript on paper of Dattenko [Ch.: Duo tian gong; The Magnificent Human Creation which Looks as if It Were Created by Heaven], the Japanese version of Yuan Ye [Garden-making & Landscape Architecture], the most important Chinese work on landscape architecture. Cheng JI.
Manuscript on paper of Dattenko [Ch.: Duo tian gong; The Magnificent Human Creation which Looks as if It Were Created by Heaven], the Japanese version of Yuan Ye [Garden-making & Landscape Architecture], the most important Chinese work on landscape architecture.
Manuscript on paper of Dattenko [Ch.: Duo tian gong; The Magnificent Human Creation which Looks as if It Were Created by Heaven], the Japanese version of Yuan Ye [Garden-making & Landscape Architecture], the most important Chinese work on landscape architecture.
Manuscript on paper of Dattenko [Ch.: Duo tian gong; The Magnificent Human Creation which Looks as if It Were Created by Heaven], the Japanese version of Yuan Ye [Garden-making & Landscape Architecture], the most important Chinese work on landscape architecture.
Manuscript on paper of Dattenko [Ch.: Duo tian gong; The Magnificent Human Creation which Looks as if It Were Created by Heaven], the Japanese version of Yuan Ye [Garden-making & Landscape Architecture], the most important Chinese work on landscape architecture.
Manuscript on paper of Dattenko [Ch.: Duo tian gong; The Magnificent Human Creation which Looks as if It Were Created by Heaven], the Japanese version of Yuan Ye [Garden-making & Landscape Architecture], the most important Chinese work on landscape architecture.
Manuscript on paper of Dattenko [Ch.: Duo tian gong; The Magnificent Human Creation which Looks as if It Were Created by Heaven], the Japanese version of Yuan Ye [Garden-making & Landscape Architecture], the most important Chinese work on landscape architecture.
Manuscript on paper of Dattenko [Ch.: Duo tian gong; The Magnificent Human Creation which Looks as if It Were Created by Heaven], the Japanese version of Yuan Ye [Garden-making & Landscape Architecture], the most important Chinese work on landscape architecture.

The Classic Chinese Work on Landscape Architecture;

Shakkei: Borrowed Scenery

Manuscript on paper of Dattenko [Ch.: Duo tian gong; The Magnificent Human Creation which Looks as if It Were Created by Heaven], the Japanese version of Yuan Ye [Garden-making & Landscape Architecture], the most important Chinese work on landscape architecture.

Numerous fine drawings & diagrams, all full-page. 73; 80; 50 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo (258 x 188 mm.), orig. brown wrappers embossed with shell motifs, new stitching. [Japan]: Prefaces dated 1635, 1634, & 1631 [but clearly copied in later Edo].

A fine and beautifully written manuscript of the Dattenko, the Japanese version of the Yuan Ye of Cheng Ji (b. 1582), the prominent Ming-dynasty landscape and rock artist. The Yuan Ye was first printed, in China, ca. 1631-35; it remains one of the greatest of all works on landscape architecture.

A copy of the book came to Japan in the early 18th century and was immediately influential, introducing the concept of shakkei (“borrowed scenery”) into Japanese garden architecture. No early edition seems to have been printed in Japan. Manuscript copies were made with the title Dattenko, and circulated widely.

While none of Ji’s gardens have survived, his “greatest contribution to landscape architecture was the Yuan Ye, a treatise on garden planning which is the classic work in Chinese on the subject…The first volume has chapters on construction, selecting and investigating sites, placing garden buildings and artificial hills, and on their design and that of latticework grids for doors, windows, and ceilings. The second concentrates entirely on balustrades. The third consists of six chapters: on doors and windows, on walls, pavings, the construction of artificial hills, the selection of rocks, and on ‘borrowing’ views.”–The Oxford Companion to Gardens, pp. 303 & 621.

Fine set.

Price: $13,500.00

Item ID: 7393