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KASHI - JAPANESE CONFECTIONERY. - A catalogue or pattern book of kashi or wagashi - Japanese confectionery.

Kyoto [191-?]. 18x25cm publisher's colour illustrated wrapper, thread tied; colour lithograph illustrations on 16 sheets, 4 pages of adverts. A bit used, some spots or browning; a pretty good copy. ¶ New year is the theme for this offering. Books of kashi designs like this are known to date back to the late 17th century, there may have been earlier ones. They were produced by high class confectioners as catalogues for their high class customers. Kashi albums blossomed in the late Meiji through to the early Showa - after 1900 to about 1930 - and I'm not sure why. I wonder if it was a fad inspired by someone like the crown princess having a passion for these elaborate sweets.
AUD 165.00 [Appr.: EURO 104.25 US$ 119.04 | £UK 93.75 | JP¥ 13395] Book number 10529

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