Manuscript Book of Samurai Clothing Designs Superbly done by Matsuoka Heijiro
[Japan] Wonderful, hand-drawn and coloured manuscript containing a lovely selection of 'gusoku-baori' (jackets worn over samurai armour) with fascinating designs. The main section is dated Kanbun 5 (1666) and then in a different hand, the last few pages with the straight line patterns end with the date Kansei 6 (1794) and the name Matsuoka Heijiro, who appears to have copied the manuscript then.
20 leaves. 26.7 x 19.5cm.
Overall in good condition. Covers are worn and there is a dark stain at the lower left area of the front cover. Some worming affecting the first few and last few pages mostly at edges. Internally very good with only minor worm trails and the illustrations are largely unaffected. m34041154