JAPANESE TEXTILE DESIGN. Shozoku shokumon zue. By Matsuoka Tokikata and Hinma Hyakuri. Seven volumes. Containing a total of 160 Japanese folded sheets, illustrated with a profusion of colour woodcut-printed designs. 8vo., 268 x 193 mm, bound in original Japanese paper wrappers, stitched, laid in a new Japanese folding chitsu case. Tokyo: 1817-1825.
First Edition. A fine set of this important compendium of early Japanese textile design, which is also a masterpiece of Japanese bookmaking. Matsuoka Tokikata began compiling the work in the late eighteenth century, and it was completed by Honma Hyakuri early in the nineteenth century. The work is divided into five parts: I.) Karginu: Colour designs of hunting clothing; II.) Jokan: Costume design for court ladies; III.) Reifuku: Ceremonial dresses; IV.) Nishiki orimono: Designs on brocades; V.) Gyoko: Costumes used for Imperial visits. The delicately coloured designs include many that are refined and subtle, and many that are elaborate and ravishingly beautiful. The imagery is classical Japanese: a profusion of varieties fill the pages of these volumes with flowers, birds, bamboo, rivers and flowing waters, insects, butterflies, fish, coloured patterns and blind-stamped ornaments. Of the greatest rarity. Some minor wear to wrappers, but overall a fine set.
Item nr. 165331