JAPANESE ARMOUR. Kojitsu Sosho. Shoko Gaishoku Ichiran. [Library of Ancient Customs. Catalogue of the Colours of Old Armour]. Two volumes. 21 and 18 double-folded leaves with dozens of colour woodblock designs. Small 4to., publisher's decorated wrappers with printed labels. Tokyo: Yoshikawa Hanshichi 1901.
Part of the remarkable Kojitsu sosho series [Library of Ancient Customs] published in many volumes over many years, but this part complete in itself. The series was a compendium of texts and illustrative material on such things as ceremonies and costumes associated with Japan's court and warrior aristocracy. These, perhaps puzzling forms, come in a panoply of patterns and colours that provide - even if the catalogue of clans and families they represent is now unfathomable - an enviable grammar of colour and pattern.
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