A History of Japanese Arts Translated by Y. Takenobu ... and K. Kawakami ... from the Japanese Original compiled by the Imperial Museum under the control of Baron R. Kuki Director

Published: Toyyo: The Ryubun-Kwan Publishing Co.

Date: 1908

first edition thus (revised and best edition) 3 vols. folio (48 x 32.9 cms) [4 (half-title & title)], xiv, 103; viii, 104-197; iv, 28, xxviii (index)pp. on thin paper with pale background designs incorporated into the paper, 8 coloured plates (one heightened in silver), 141 other plates (containing 368 images in all), each plate with a tissue guard with printed text, bound in original natural linen(?) thick boards overprinted in pastel shades on both covers with a design of flowers, trailing foliage, birds, etc., held together by double ribbon laces through the sides, spines of decorated silk, a few terminal leaves slightly creased, cloth on sides very lightly soiled around the edges and slightly scuffed at board corners, silk spines fraying a little at ends, without the cloth outer folder in which it was issued, but generally a very good copy.

Later presentation inscription on front endpapers.

COPAC locates in Oxford only and OCLC locates 11 only in U.S. libraries. There was a reissue of this edition in 1913 which is also rare. This impressive production originally compiled in 1899 by the Imperial Tokyo Museum to exhibit at the Paris World Fair and its made its first appearance in French in 1900. "Since then many new materials have been collected, so we revised the original thoroughly. Section of Architecture, especially, has been rewritten by Prof. Dr. Chuta Ito, as an entirely new contribution" [Prefectory note to this revised 1908 edition]. The third volume is devoted to architecture.


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