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The Handmade Papers of Japan.

Rutland, VT and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1952. Four small folio volumes. No limitation indicated; Schlosser (No. 63) notes that 250 copies were planned, "but there is no indication as to the final size of the edition." This is one of the finest studies of Japanese papermaking, brimming with specimens, including old and rare documented papers from the eighth and ninth centuries. Volume I contains the history and description of Japanese papermaking, and is illustrated with photographs of a papermaking village, and a hand-colored facsimile of the earliest Japanese illustrated work on papermaking (with an English translation). Volume II contains 187 specimens from the Nara period (710-793) to the present day. Volume III contains the Contemporary Collection of 139 full-page specimens from twenty districts, with descriptions. Volume IV is the Watermark Collection, with twenty exquisite and complex pictorial light-andshade watermarks, made by a hand-rubbing process unknown in the West. An envelope contains papermaking fibers. The first three volumes are bound oriental-style in color woodblock-printed paper wrappers with silk head and tailpieces. The fourth volume is unbound and laid into a portfolio of matching paper with ivory clasps. The four volumes and the envelope are housed together in a portfolio of rust-colored cloth with ivory clasps. A very fine set of this rare and important work on paper. Item #30461

Price: $7,250.00

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