[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony]. Shinshichi INOUE, or Chazenken.
[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony].
[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony].
[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony].
[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony].
[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony].
[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony].
[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony].
[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony].

Solo Sailing Through the Tea Ceremony

[Tosei] Chanoyu hitorikogi [Solo Sailing through the Tea Ceremony].

Numerous woodcuts throughout. 20.5; 16; 14; 14; 15, 10 folding leaves. Six vols. bound in five. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (wrappers somewhat rubbed, upper cover of the final vol. slightly soiled), new stitching. Kyoto: Izumiya Mohee; Edo: Izumiya Jiroemon, 1704.

First edition and quite rare. Inoue, who lived in Kyoto on Takoyakushi Street (“Octopus Doctor Street”), was a highly skilled maki-e artist, who applied a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, etc., in the final step of decorating highly elaborate lacquerware. In 1705, he published a work on the art of maki-e.

This is an early, detailed, and encyclopedic guide to the art of the tea ceremony with numerous illustrations. In the first volume, Inoue describes the correct state of mind for the ceremony, the correct posture, the proper placement of charcoal, how to handle the ladle and tools, and how to whisk the tea and hold the tea bowl when drinking tea. Vol. II is concerned with the architectural details of the tea ceremony room, with floor plans and illustrations of the correct display of tools and flower arrangements, the types of charcoal, etc.

Vol. III describes the evening tea ceremony and the proper placement of tools on trays and on shelves. Vol. IV describes chaire, tea caddies for thick tea, and depicts idealized views of tea ceremony gardens with discussions of positioning of rocks and trees, waterfalls, hills, and islands in ponds, etc. Shapes of windows are also covered.

The final two volumes, which are bound together, contain many illustrations of the burner frames, the tools of the tea ceremony, containers, candle stands, lanterns, summer burners, vases for flowers, water buckets, writing tools, a tobacco set, various tea bowls and dishes, legendary chaire, Rikyu-style tools, etc. There are also instructions on how to serve noble persons, the names of stepping-stones, etc.

This book is particularly richly illustrated.

Fine set. Minor worming in gutter of first volume and a little marginal worming in the final two volumes.

Price: $7,500.00

Item ID: 7694

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