Collection of 270 Woodblock Printed Envelope Samples Shushu - Complete set of 3 volumes
[Japan] Wonderful selection of 270 different woodblock printed designs of actual envelopes used to hold gift money. The first volume was published in 1924 and each envelope is numbered from 1-90. The second and third volumes were published the following year in 1925 and each contain 90 unnumbered designs. Each volume was edited by the Hiroo Shoeido Ishokubu and sold by Sakuraiya in the Kansai area and by Kogeisha in the Kanto area. Volumes 2 and 3 also mention Unsodo as another seller of these albums in Kansai. Each envelope measures approx. 9 x 4cm.
Kyoto. Hiroo Shoeido. 1924-25.
Each 31 leaves (fukurotoji pouch binding). 16.5 x 24.2cm.
Covers with some minor wear and marks. Volume 1 with some minor age wear internally but nothing serious. Volumes 2 and 3 are both very good. b34041168