Complete set of 9 Manuscript Volumes on the Ogasawara School of Etiquette including scarce volumes on women's make up and gifts for newborns
Fascinating set of 9 handwritten manuscript volumes concerning the way of etiquette according to the Ogasawara School which was founded in the 12th century and continues to this day. All 9 volumes are stamped in Japanese on the front covers with the now apparently defunct, 'Japan Martial Arts Culture Association' ('Nihon Budo Bunka Kyokai'). Volumes cover food serving, layout and preparation, storage, make up, gifts, folding, wrapping, and so called 'amagatsu', a kind of doll given to pregnant women to protect her and baby from harm. Compiled by Uehara Hachizaemon, Mizushima Bokuya, and Ito Jin'emon in the 17th century, this set is late Edo (c1800). Handwritten on very fine paper.
Each volume about 48-64pp. Volumes vary slightly in size from 22.8 x 17.1cm to 24.5 x 18.3cm
In very good condition. General age wear and some minor stains, creases and marks. A few volumes with minor worming but nothing serious.