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Japanese Art Books & Ephemera

Old Portrait Masks of the Noh Drama [title translated from Japanese]

Old Portrait Masks of the Noh Drama [title translated from Japanese]

Folio. Unpag. full-page plates (3 color with tissue guards). Japanese text. Pictorial boards with title on attached paper label, faded, lightly stained green cloth slipcase with bone(?) clasps.Extra shipping and insurance required for this item.
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$550.00
Hiroshige: Birds and Flowers

Hiroshige: Birds and Flowers

by Hiroshige, Ando; introduction by Cynthea J. Bogel; commentaries on the plates by Israel Goldman; poetry translated by Alfred H. Marks

NY: Braziller, 1988. First edition. Hard cover in dust jacket. Published NY: Braziller, 1988, first printing. Folio, 10 1/4" x 14 1/2", 192pp., illustrated with 91 full color plates. Fine in near fine. price clipped dust jacket.. 1st. Hard. Fine/Near Fine. Folio.
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$90.00
NOH-KA GABI

NOH-KA GABI

by [COSTUME DESIGNS - NOH THEATER]

19. [COSTUME DESIGNS - NOH THEATER] NOH-KA GABI. Tokyo & Kyoto: Unsodo, n.d. [Showa 9, 1934]. Large brocade covered wooden box of 102 (of 100 - there are 2 extra plates not called for in the contents pages) plates of Noh costumes, patterns, masks, etc. An impressive mixture of printing techniques - color woodcut, offset, color collotype and various hybrids thereof. Sheet size: 29 x 37 cm. One of the wonderful folios for which Unsodo was famous between the wars. Very good, complete, very unusual,... Read more
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$2,850.00
Masaharu Shimada

Masaharu Shimada

by Matsumoto, Margarita M. Hiyama (ed.)

Mexico City: Inventa Communicacion S.A. de C.V., 2003. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good. Mexico City: Inventa Communicacion S.A. de C.V., 2003. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good. THERE WILL BE A SHIPPING INCREASE ON THIS HEAVY BOOK - INQUIRE FOR DETAILS. Extremely rare art book, first edition, of which only 500 copies were printed and this is the only one available online at the time of listing. Profusely ilustrated with Shimada's artwork. Text is in Spanish and Japanese. Moderate... Read more
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$100.00
FIGURE PRINTS OF OLD JAPAN  A PICTORIAL PAGEANT OF ACTORS & COURTESANS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY REPRODUCED FROM THE PRINTS IN THE COLLECTION OF MARJORIE & EDWIN GRABHORN...

FIGURE PRINTS OF OLD JAPAN A PICTORIAL PAGEANT OF ACTORS & COURTESANS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY REPRODUCED FROM THE PRINTS IN THE COLLECTION OF MARJORIE & EDWIN GRABHORN...

by [ Grabhorn Press]: Stern, Harold P. [ intro]

San Francisco: Printed for the Book Club of California, 1959. Folio. Cloth backed pictorial boards. Illustrated with fifty-two colored or tinted reproductions. One of 400 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. Prospectus laid in. Spine quite sunfaded and some small spots to upper board, internally fine.
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$375.00
New Blades (Arami meizukushi) 新刃銘盡 (あらみめいずくし)

New Blades (Arami meizukushi) 新刃銘盡 (あらみめいずくし)

by HAKURYUSHI, Kanda

1721 Japanese Sword Katana Arami Meizukushi Illustrated Handwritten New Blades

An interesting Edo and Meiji woodblock-print of 'New Blades.' This collection is the stamping of amateur warriors' blades and polishers throughout the Edo period and is equivalent to the sword of the Meiji era and later called "modern sword.". It follows up on the older collections of blade writings which summarized the accumulated knowledge of amateur warriors' blades and polishers throughout the Muromachi period. After the... Read more
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$750.00
Honzo Zufu: Hokusabu

Honzo Zufu: Hokusabu

by Kan'en Iwasaki

Rare set of 3 volumes of aromatic herbs from Kan'en Iwasaki's multi-volume botanical series Honzo Zufu: Hokusabu (Iconographia Plantarum), originally compiled from 1828 and later published in 92 volumes. This set of 3 volumes (volumes 6, 7, 8 in the series) includes 21 pages of text and indexes, and 100 color woodcuts of fragrant herbs or medicinal plants.Plants include angelica, peony, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, turmeric, jasmine, tulip, rosemary, and many more. The plants were used in Chinese... Read more
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$900.00
Reference to the Chronicle of the Rise and Fall of the Heike and Genji (Sankou Genpei Jōsuiki, also Genpei Seisuiki)

Reference to the Chronicle of the Rise and Fall of the Heike and Genji (Sankou Genpei Jōsuiki, also Genpei Seisuiki)

by Kosuke Hirooka (?) / Utagawa Yoshiiku (Illustrator)

Tokyo : Eisen Sha, 1883. Paperback. Good. Reference to the Chronicle of the Rise and Fall of the Heike and Genji (Sankou Genpei Jōsuiki, also Genpei Seisuiki). This is an extended version of the Heike Monogatari (The Tale of the Heike). Complete set of 16 volumes bound as eight volumes, two per volume. Original watoji (4-hole, stitched) bindings for all volumes, published during Meiji 16 (1883) in Tokyo. 16 Cover color illustrations by Utagawa (or Ochiai) Yoshiiku, with 56... Read more
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$499.00
Ikebana-Tsu

Ikebana-Tsu

by Shinshintei Ryuka

Rare guide book to the Shinshintei school of Ikebana published in Tokyo, 1835.4 pages of text on color woodcut pages, 16 full-color woodcuts of flower arrangements, 20 b/w woodcuts of flower arrangements, and 6 text pages.Rare to find 19th century ikebana books with full color woodcuts of flower arrangements. Condition: blue washi paper covers a little scuffed but interior fresh and bright with no foxing or worming.
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$250.00
SHÔGAKU TOKUHON Maki no Ichi

SHÔGAKU TOKUHON Maki no Ichi

by [BASEBALL - JAPAN] Shihon Gakkou-hen

1870. [BASEBALL - JAPAN] Shihon Gakkou-hen. SHÔGAKU TOKUHON Maki no Ichi. Aichi-ken [Nagoya] Shihongakkô [Teacher's College] n.d. [1870's] An interesting little elementary school reader from the first series of textbooks designed and created by the Teachers College Normal School system in Japan after the Meiji restoration to introduce "Western Learning" to the country. What follows is a series of excerpts from an informative article found online at... Read more
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$1,250.00
Antique Japanese Fairy Tale Series #13, The Silly Jelly-Fish

Antique Japanese Fairy Tale Series #13, The Silly Jelly-Fish

by CHAMBERLAIN, B.H

1887 1ed Japanese Fairy Tales Silly Jelly Fish Monkeys Color Illustrated Tokyo

A rare, hand-made book on silk-stitched, creped wraps of famous Japanese fairy tales! This traditional tale, 'The Silly Jelly-Fish', is an illustrated woodblock book telling the tale a great Dragon Queen, her fateful illness, and her cure by eating a monkey liver – a task that only the King's Jelly-Fish could handle!

This volume is numbered no. 13 in a series of 'Antique Japanese Fairy Tales'.
Item number: #6978
Price:... Read more
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$499.00
Fuzoku Emakimono

Fuzoku Emakimono

by Masanobu Okumura

Reprint from the 1880s of ukiyo-e artist Masanobu Okumura's depiction of nightlife in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters in the Edo era.Masanobu Okumura (1686-1764) was a Japanese print designer, book publisher, illustrator and painter.This orihon concertina-style book includes 38 double-page illustrations of geisha with their maids and samurai customers, playing board games and cards, smoking tobacco pipes, playing shamisen, reading books, etc. One plate shows the artist Okumura painting a large screen. 38... Read more
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$250.00
Retrospective Exhibition of Fuku Akino

Retrospective Exhibition of Fuku Akino

by Akino, Fuku

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 1993. Paperback. Good. Unmarked. Corner crease on back cover. Text in Japanese. Beautiful color plates. Maps. Illustrated chronology (in B/W). Measures 8.25x11 inches. Loose postcard "They are the Future." Akino Fuku (1908-2001) first gained notoriety before World War II as a prizewinning female artist, a rarity in the hoary Nihonga tradition. However, the work for which she is best known came later in life, after she was invited at age 53 to teach Nihonga... Read more
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$305.00
Kaishien Gaden

Kaishien Gaden

by [Wang Gai]

Kaishien Gaden (Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden) is an Edo-Era Japanese edition of the very popular Chinese painting guide Jieziyuan Huazhaun by Wang Gai, first published in the Qing Dynasty in China (1701). The manual was reprinted many times from 1748 onwards in Japan.Four volumes from the Second Collection, with drawing instructions and examples for ume plums and kiku chrysanthemums. (Lacks the four volumes on ran orchids and take bamboo.)Vol. 1 Plums: 28pp text, 22 b/w plates; 6pp text, 40 color... Read more
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$400.00
Soka Hyakushu

Soka Hyakushu

by Bairei Kono

Complete set Bairei Kono's Soka Hyakushu or Kusabana Hyakushu (One Hundred Varieties of Flowers), Tokyo, Yamada Unsodo, 1901-1904.231 color woodcut plates bound in 4 volumes, stored in a custom green-cloth slip-case. The woodblock plates printed with natural vegetable dyes for true-to-life colors.Vol. 1: 58 plates, Vol. 2: 58 plates Supplements: Vol. 3: 60 plates, Vol. 4: 55 plates. Condition: pale-blue paper covers slightly worn and grubby, but interior fresh and vibrant. First page in each volume with... Read more
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$3,500.00
Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks

Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks

by Fuller Richard; Gregory Ron

England: Airlife Publishing Ltd, 1996. First printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/fine. Small amount of foxing on one preliminary page other wise spotless. Dust Jacket in clear mylar cover.
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$865.00
[Album of Twenty Copperplate Engravings, Including Seven Maps]

[Album of Twenty Copperplate Engravings, Including Seven Maps]

by Shuntosai Okada

Album of 20 copperplate engravings mounted on silver-decorated paper; album measures 159 x 118 mm; images measure approximately 145 x 85 mm. Near fine condition.Japanese artists began experimenting with copperplate engraving in the late eighteenth century but the method achieved popularity for only a brief period in the mid-1800s, primarily in the work of a Kyoto-based group known as Gengendō. The bulk of their work consisted of detailed small engravings of well-known views and pilgrimage sites,... Read more
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$1,250.00
[ALBUM OF 22 ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS, ON SILK, OF BIRDS AND LEPIDOPTERA]

[ALBUM OF 22 ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS, ON SILK, OF BIRDS AND LEPIDOPTERA]

by [Japanese Watercolors - 19th century]

[Japan, 1810. Folio (33 x 27.5 cm). Late 19th or early 20th century marbled calf, raised bands, spine gilt extra, gilt label, a.e.g., with watercolor river scenes on paper onlaid as doublures. Binding extremities rubbed, images offset a bit to interleaves, occasional patches of darkening to backgrounds of a few images, one corner of an interleaf creased and a bit torn, but otherwise very good to near fine. A lovely collection of watercolor images on silk of birds, moths and butterflies, the artist... Read more
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$8,000.00
Philipp Franz Von Sebold's Ukiyo-e Collection (3 Volume set in Original Clamshell cases) in Original Shipping Cartons

Philipp Franz Von Sebold's Ukiyo-e Collection (3 Volume set in Original Clamshell cases) in Original Shipping Cartons

by Siebold, Philipp Franz Von; Willem r Van Gulik

Tokyo; (1978): Kodansha. Folio. In three volumes. The Ukiyo-e or Pictures of the Floating World is a uniquely Japanese art form. This set is a marvelous representation of Sebold's outstanding collection of Japanese woodblock art. Captions in Japanese & English to over 500 full page color plates, some folding . Each volume bound in white cloth, blocked in brown, lettering gilt and blind, housed within publisher's orange clamshell cases. Clamshell to volume one rubbed just a bit to front... Read more
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$575.00
Antique Japanese Fairy Tale Series #16, The Wonderful Tea Kettle

Antique Japanese Fairy Tale Series #16, The Wonderful Tea Kettle

by JAMES, T.H

1896 1st ed Japanese Fairy Tales Wonderful Tea Kettle Badger Illustrated Tokyo

A rare, hand-made book on silk-stitched, creped wraps of famous Japanese fairy tales! This traditional tale, 'The Wonderful Tea Kettle', is an illustrated woodblock book telling the tale of an old priest and his desire to lead the Chanoyu ceremony. While in meditation, his tea kettle began to shake and out of it came a badger!

This volume is numbered no. 16 in a series of 'Antique Japanese Fairy Tales'.
Item number: #6980... Read more
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$499.00
Flower Arrangement (Ikebana Hayamanabi) 生花早満奈飛 (いけばなはやまなび)

Flower Arrangement (Ikebana Hayamanabi) 生花早満奈飛 (いけばなはやまなび)

by Various

1851 Japanese Ikebana Flower Arrangement Handwritten Woodblock Print Japan 10v

An interesting 19th century woodblock-print of 'Flower Arrangement.' This collection of writings is can also be written as "Ikebana Sakugaku". Ikebana is known as a general beginner introductory manual to flower arrangements. It is a description on the culture of flowers and the arrangement of bouquets in ten illustrated volumes. This handbook is useful for general knowledge and techniques of arranging and caring for various... Read more
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$599.00
Records of Pictures : The Taiheiki Emaki  - The Pictorial Scrolls of Taiheiki

Records of Pictures : The Taiheiki Emaki - The Pictorial Scrolls of Taiheiki

Japan: The Saitama Shimbun , 1997. 221 pages with colour and b/w illustrations. Introduction in English with remaining text in Japanese ."Taiheiki" is a chronicle of a horrific battle in the 14th Century, between the North Imperial Court and the South Imperial Court in Japan. During those years of terrible war the people of Japan longed for peace. The phrase "Taihei" means "Peaceful World" and "Taiheiki Emaki" is a collection of 12 scrolls which depict the... Read more
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AU$330.00
Japan. Described And Illustrated By The Japanese. Written By Eminent Japanese Authorities And Scholars. With An Essay On Japanese Art By Kakuzo Okakura. The Imperial Editon, One Of 100 Copies, Volume 10 Only

Japan. Described And Illustrated By The Japanese. Written By Eminent Japanese Authorities And Scholars. With An Essay On Japanese Art By Kakuzo Okakura. The Imperial Editon, One Of 100 Copies, Volume 10 Only

by Brinkley, F. (Frank)

Boston: J. B. Millet Company, 1898. First Edition Thus . Hardcover. Very Good. Illustrated By K. Ogawa (Flower Collotypes), Kozaburo Tamamura (Hand Colored Albumen Photographs). Section Ten Only, Volume 10 Of 10, Pages 347-382 + Table Of Contents, Uncut Double Pages, Three Large (8 X 10 In) Hand Colored Albumen Pictures, 1 Large Round Color Collotype By K. Ogawa Of Flowers, And 18 Colored Photographs Mounted In The Text. The Four Large Hand Colored Albumen Photographs Are The Great Bell At Choin-In... Read more
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$300.00
Satsuma: Masterpieces from the world's important collections (limited edition with carton box)

Satsuma: Masterpieces from the world's important collections (limited edition with carton box)

by Lawrence, Louis

Dauphin Publishing Limited, London in co-operation with Spink & Son Ltd., 1991 Book. New. Hardcover. 1st Edition. English and Japanese text; Hardcover (cloth with dust jacket) with card box; 23.5 x 30 cm; 1.750 Kg; 220 pages with colour illustrations. Includes fold outs of some of the pieces.; May show signs of long time storage and handling, namely the card box.; Satsuma is probably one of the best know names in the complex field of Japanese ceramics: yet surprisingly little has been published on... Read more
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£75.00
SAIGOKU SAN-JÛ-SAN-SHO JUNREI EMAKI

SAIGOKU SAN-JÛ-SAN-SHO JUNREI EMAKI

by [SKETCHTOUR GENRE] NAKAZAWA Hiromitsu, artist

1946. [SKETCH TOUR GENRE] NAKAZAWA Hiromitsu, artist. SAIGOKU SAN-JÛ-SAN-SHO JUNREI EMAKI. Kyoto, Kanao Bun'endô, publisher. Shôwa 21 [1946]. Oblong folio of ôban size woodblock prints after designs by Hiromitsu, detailing the famous pilgrimage sites (and sights) in western Japan. The blocks were cut by Okada Seijirô and the printers were Nishimura Kumakichi and Takagi Kiyomitsu. This portfolio project was initially completed and printed in 1925. This edition, printed... Read more
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$2,850.00