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YAMANAKA KICHIROBE. - [Moyo Hinagata Naniwa No Ume].

[Tokyo or Osaka 1886?]. Small quarto by size (245x185mm) publisher's decorated wrapper (not a printed title slip; spine backed with Japanese paper some time ago); colour woodblock title, three pages of text, two colour woodblocks of kimonoed women and children, 60 colour woodblocks of kimono designs, one with added embossing, on double pages in the long antiquated reverse form: folded in the gutter and pasted together at the outside edge. ¶ I'd say that this is the first of three volumes of a pattern book of Osaka kimono designs but it it isn't quite. The copy of Moyo Hinagata Naniwa No Ume in three volumes that I've found is clearly labelled first, middle and last on each wrapper title, does not have the three introductory pages of text that are in this, and the last four plates in this are the first four in the second volume. To complicate this more, Yamanaka published a remarkably similar kimono pattern book in Osaka the same year with title that indicates it is the latest designs from the city. The peculiarities of the binding could lead to a long and inconclusive discussion of issues, regional distribution, remainders and mistakes; perhaps these things were put out in forms to fit every pocket and taste.
AUD 850.00 [Appr.: EURO 532 US$ 603.59 | £UK 454.75 | JP¥ 67170] Book number 9305

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