Shokumon Ruisan - 5 volumes of stunning Japanese designs 500 designs and letter by Edoardo Chiossone
[Japan]. Monumental work by the Imperial Museum containing around 500 superb, colour woodblock printed, Japanese pattern designs. The five volumes are Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6 & 8 (of 10 volumes). The books were published over 2 years. Edoardo Chiossone (1833-1898), who lived in Japan from 1875 until his death and designed the first bank notes for the Meiji government, wrote an 8-page letter which is reproduced at the beginning of volume 1 and endorses the set of books. An important work and difficult to find.
Tokyo. Yurindo. 1892-93.
Each volume with approx. 100 designs. Each 25.5 x 18.5cm.
Overall in good condition. The covers are quite worn and there is age wear throughout. Some designs have some minor staining. Some pages are splitting near the binding but the integrity of all five volumes is sound. The designs on some pages are starting to lift off their backing paper though this is repairable. Minor transfer of images on some pages. Tissue guards are mostly present but are worn and creased. b33030923