JAPANESE TEXTILES. Orimon Ruizan. [Historical textiles compiled by the Imperial Museum]. 10 volumes. Illustrated with 1040 colour woodcuts on 520 leaves. 8vo., 250 x 180 mm, bound in publisher's wrappers, in a new chitsu case. Tokyo: Yurindo, 1892.
A masterpiece of the woodblock maker's art. This collection of 1040 plates is the most comprensive imaginable encyclopedia of Japanese textile design. The plates are exquisitely printed from original woodblocks, using a superb array of colours including gold and silver. It would be hard to find a more beautiful collection of Japanese designs. Presumably issued in a small edition, this is an extremely rare work, with OCLC listing only one copy under the title Shokubun Ruisan at the Art Institue of Chicago, and one copy at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library of a German edition of the same date, which is presumably the original Japanese plates with a German imprint.
Item nr. 165215