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Wada Sanzo. - [Sosaku Zuanshu].

Tokyo, Kokumintosho 1925-26 (Taisho 14-15). 12 parts 39x28cm with 96 plates on light card in heavy card portfolios with printed labels. Four, five and sometimes six designs on each plate and all but a few in colour. Some browning and minor signs of use, a rather good set. ¶ A complete set of the original edition (there is a 1977 reprint) of the 'creative design' collection put together by Wada Sanzo and starring himself, Terao Sakujiro, Yamada Shozo, Kinoshita Kuni, Nishino Hiroshi, Yamagata Komataro, Onishi Toyojiro, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. That this was a most successful pattern book/inspiration for design students is evident from the number of battered fragments that float round. Good complete sets are hard to find. Worldcat finds only the BL set outside Japan but I notice that one US library didn't know they have a slab from the set: they list sixty something much trimmed plates titled as Japanese textile designs; it's the list of artists that give it away.
AUD 500.00 [Appr.: EURO 322.5 US$ 339.85 | £UK 276.5 | JP¥ 45646] Book number 10963

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