SHINJURO, Ichikawa. Kabuki kumadori. 12 volumes. 71 of 72 plates. Folio, 330 x 245 mm, bound in publisher's cloth backed boards with paper labels in a new chitsu case. Tokyo: Isseisha, 1928.
A spectacular and highly unusual book, consisting of a collection of superb woodblock plates depicting the made-up faces of kabuki actors. Each plate is accompanied by a Japanese text with an abbreviated English translation. Kumadori is stage makeup worn by kabuki actors, particularly when performing in the bold and bombastic aragoto style. Extremely rare. The cardboard portfolios are worn, but the contents are fine. OCLC lists 2 copies in the US, at Harvard and U.California, Davis, and 2 others worldwide.
Item nr. 165254