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[KAWAURA, KEN-ICHI]
Album of Old Japanese Prints of the Ukiyo-ye School. Reproduced from the Collection of Ken-ichi Kawaura. Tokyo, Yoshizawa & Co, 1919.
. Folio. Pp. (iv), 6 "list of plates", 120 pages with 425 b/w illustrations, six wood engraved plates (five coloured) + pp. 15 "Biographical notes", one page with Japanese colophon. Original decorated silk-covered boards, title label on upper cover, silk ties. First edition, number 92 of 150 copies. Old ownership signature on title. An impressive collection with faithful reproductions of beautiful prints by many celebrated artists. Some minor staining but overall a very handsome copy.
Charlotte Du Rietz Rare BooksProfessional seller
Book number: 120643
€  480.00 [Appr.: US$ 519.59 | £UK 410.25 | JP¥ 78197]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japanese, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, ukiyo-e, woodcuts, illustrated,

 
[JAPAN - SCHOOLBOOK].
Anec-Dote. A Book of Lessons for the Use of Schools. Published by Permission of the School Kaiseijo. Second edition. Numadz, Itiro W.N. & Co., Meiji 4th (1871).
. Small 8vo. (ii), 42. Text in English. With Japanese title and Japanese list of content printed on pastedowns. Sewn as issued in original wrappers, printed title label on front cover, stained, internally fine. With some red chop stamps. Comprises short essays about Columbus' discoveries of America; Peter the Great; Isaac Newton; the astronomer James Ferguson; and the French Revolution. At this time the school of Kaiseijo was the main institution of Western learning sponsored by the shogunate. Seems scarce.
Charlotte Du Rietz Rare BooksProfessional seller
Book number: 121083
€  480.00 [Appr.: US$ 519.59 | £UK 410.25 | JP¥ 78197]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japnese, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, language, linguistic, langue, schoolbook, literature,

 [HAKUBOTAN]., The Catalogue Hakubotan Principal Store. Tokyo (Kyobashi) ca 1910.
[HAKUBOTAN].
The Catalogue Hakubotan Principal Store. Tokyo (Kyobashi) ca 1910.
. Pp. 48. Japanese text. Richly illustrated. With a photo of the store and its owner. Original coloured decorated wrappers with a white peony (Hakubotan) on upper cover, lightly stained. An interesting catalogue presenting the company's products including hairpins, combs, jewellery, etc.
Charlotte Du Rietz Rare BooksProfessional seller
Book number: 120913
€  280.00 [Appr.: US$ 303.09 | £UK 239.25 | JP¥ 45615]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japanese, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, trade, commerce,

 [KABUKI].,  [A collection of ten original post card photographs of Kabuki theatre actors]. Kabukiza 1928.
[KABUKI].
[A collection of ten original post card photographs of Kabuki theatre actors]. Kabukiza 1928.
. A set of ten original postcard size photographs (14 x 9 cm). Each inscribed on verso in ink with name of the actor, his role and the title of the drama in which he is pictured in costume, and dated. Kabuki-za was the famous 19th century Ginza theatre rebuilt in 1924 after the big earthquake and finally demolished in 2010. Actors included are: Sadanji, Genjiro and Fukusuke Nakamura; Mitsugoro Bando; Utaeyemon [Uzaemon] and Shimbashi Embujo. Kept in original printed envelope from the fashionable department store of the 1920's, Kamigata Ya in Ginza, Tokyo. Rare to find Kabuki actor photographs which are identified and dated like this set.
Charlotte Du Rietz Rare BooksProfessional seller
Book number: 100348
€  300.00 [Appr.: US$ 324.74 | £UK 256.5 | JP¥ 48873]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japanese, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, travel, exploration, illustrated, photographs, kabuki, theatre, theater,

 [CHITOSE-ZA THEATRE].,  [A coloured moveable copper engraved plate]. Tokyo (Nihonbashi), Fukuda Eizo, 1884.
[CHITOSE-ZA THEATRE].
[A coloured moveable copper engraved plate]. Tokyo (Nihonbashi), Fukuda Eizo, 1884.
. Comprises a two-page print (50.5 x 36.8 cm) with one upper part depicting the exterior of the Chitose-za Theatre and a lower part showing its interior. Printed in bold and bright colours. One small hole in the upper right area and one small stain on the reverse side in the middle, otherwise in very good condition. The Chitose-za Theatre in the district of Hisamatsu-ch› in Tokyo was first opened in 1873 as the Kisho-za Theatre, renamed in 1885 when Kato Ichitaro saved the theatre from bankruptcy. It burned down in 1890 but has been rebuilt more than once over the years. Since 1893 it has been known as the Meiji-za Theatre which still holds kabuki and other performances.
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Book number: 120762
€  2600.00 [Appr.: US$ 2814.44 | £UK 2221.5 | JP¥ 423567]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japanese, asia, asien, asie, asiatic, theatre, theater, teater, acting, kabuki, illustrated, ephemera,

 [NONOMURA, CHUBE / OGATA, KÍRIN]:,  Ehon K›rin (K›rin Patterns). Three volumes (complete). Ky›to, Suma Kanbe, early 19th century (ca 1800-30).
[NONOMURA, CHUBE / OGATA, KÍRIN]:
Ehon K›rin (K›rin Patterns). Three volumes (complete). Ky›to, Suma Kanbe, early 19th century (ca 1800-30).
. An album (24.3 x 17.7 cm) containing 95 b/w woodblock-printed designs of plants and animals in the "K›rin style". Lvs 16; 16; 17, double folded in the Japanese fashion. Includes two prefaces and one colophon. Ex-ownership red stamps. Text in Japanese. Original wrappers, with some minor wear, printed paper labels on covers. Housed in cloth slipcase. We believe this sketch book is a reproduction of a work titled "K›rin Ehon Michi Shirube" by the artist Nonomura Chube published in 1735. Nonomura issued several design manuals (edehon) influenced by the Rinpa school master Ogata K›rin (1658-1716). The Rinpa is a style within Japanese art based on nature which was developed during the 17th century. The typical K›rin patterns are characterised by simplified forms with prominent and smooth outlines. A well-preserved album with charming designs of animals, insects, flowers and plants.
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Book number: 121081
€  800.00 [Appr.: US$ 865.98 | £UK 683.5 | JP¥ 130328]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japanese, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, illustrated, woodblock, designs, patterns, manual, rinpa,

 [JAPANESE TEXTILE COTTON SAMPLES]., [Eight booklets with samples of Nishijin cotton flannel, etc.]. Kyoto, Osaka and Wakayama, 1908-1917.
[JAPANESE TEXTILE COTTON SAMPLES].
[Eight booklets with samples of Nishijin cotton flannel, etc.]. Kyoto, Osaka and Wakayama, 1908-1917.
. A collection of eight catalogues with flannel swatches including six issued by the Kikusuiban in the traditional Nishijin district of Kyoto, one by Takasaki in Osaka and one by Wakayama Weaving Co. Leporello bindings with samples pasted on paper, the number in each catalogue varies from thirty to forty-two pieces. (Some samples are partly cut, presumably to give customers a sample). The upper covers are decorated and printed in colours. Some of them are rubbed, a few with some staining, one with loose cover. An interesting collection of traditional Japanese flannel produced about 100 years ago.
Charlotte Du Rietz Rare BooksProfessional seller
Book number: 120761
€  1600.00 [Appr.: US$ 1731.96 | £UK 1367 | JP¥ 260656]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japanses, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, samples, textiles, flannel, trade, sales catalogue,

 
[PHRASE BOOK FOR TRADERS].
An English Chinese and Japanese Conversation. Nichi-kan-ei gogen goheki. Tokyo, Yamada Tashiro, Taisho 4, 1915.
. Oblong 8vo. Size: 13 x 19 cm. Pp. (viii), viii, 195, (1) blank, (1). Characters written in three columns, also including phonetics. Contemporary half cloth on marbled paper boards, title lettered in gilt on spine, somewhat rubbed. Inscriptions to front free endpaper and some annotations in the text. Later edition (first 1888). The first part consists of a vocabulary arranged by subject. The second part contains conversations to help visitors and traders in different situations. Scarce. Only one copy of a 1906 edition recorded in OCLC.
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Book number: 120028
€  750.00 [Appr.: US$ 811.86 | £UK 641 | JP¥ 122183]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, china, japanese, chinese, japon, chine, asia, asie, asiatic, vocabulary, language, langue, lingusitic, commerce, trade,

 
[JAPAN MAP].
Guide Map of Nikkosan. Nikko, Taguchi Tobei, 1884.
. Early lithographic map of Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple area, printed in black and white. Size: 50 x 73 cm. Folded and housed in the original printed wrappers, slightly worn and with traces of adhesive tape on the back. The map features the big temple area, originally known as Shihonryuji Temple founded 1200 years ago. With captions in Japanese. Surrounded by small pictures of important sights and charts with different kinds of transportation from Tokyo and Yokohama, with text in English and Japanese. A key was published in 1886 and is not present here.
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Book number: 121090
€  400.00 [Appr.: US$ 432.99 | £UK 341.75 | JP¥ 65164]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japanese, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, map, travel, exploration,

 [KIMONO DESIGNS], Hana Aoi. Shiga, Nishiyama Kihei, about 1906.
[KIMONO DESIGNS]
Hana Aoi. Shiga, Nishiyama Kihei, about 1906.
. A large-sized album with one hundred coloured woodblock prints protected by tissue guards. Folio. (32.8 x 22.8 cm). With printed numbers in Japanese. Ribbon-bound in traditional Japanese style. Original coloured paper wrappers, worn, some losses along edges. Hand-written title on upper cover. Preface dated 1906.A splendid work showing lovely designs for kimonos with images of mainly flowers but also of plants, trees and birds. Several include cranes, which symbolise luck and longevity in Japan. The images are woodblock-printed in beautiful, rich colours of which many with metallic highlights. Some minor staining, especially in margins. The tissue guards have darkened with age but protect the images well. We believe that this scarce zuan-ch› (design album) belonged to a kimono maker Nishiyama Kihei in Shiga prefecture. It's marked "nor for sale" in Japanese on colophon page.
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Book number: 121366
€  2500.00 [Appr.: US$ 2706.19 | £UK 2136 | JP¥ 407276]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japanese, japon, kimono, textile, design, fashion, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, woodcut, illustrated

 [JAPAN - KITAMURAYA HOTEL, ISE]., [A hand-coloured steel engraved plate of Kitamuraya Hotel, Ise]. Nagoya, Nakachu Koin, ca 1895.
[JAPAN - KITAMURAYA HOTEL, ISE].
[A hand-coloured steel engraved plate of Kitamuraya Hotel, Ise]. Nagoya, Nakachu Koin, ca 1895.
. Hand-coloured engraved print of Kitamuraya Hotel in Ise. (39.5 x 27 cm). With two cartouches with the hotel name in English and Japanese respectively. Outer edges with some minor chipping, some general age wear, creases, a few old repairs to the rear. Ise is a city located in Mie prefecture on the island of Honshu. The Ise Grand Shrine is the most sacred shrine in Japan and during the Edo period Ise was a popular destination for pilgrimages.
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Book number: 120763
€  400.00 [Appr.: US$ 432.99 | £UK 341.75 | JP¥ 65164]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japanese, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, hotel, travel, exploration, colour engraving, illustration,

 [JAPANESE FEATHERS FROM EDO-PERIOD]., [Hand-painted manuscript scroll of different types of feather (or fletching) used in the traditional Japanese arrow making]. About mid or late 18th century.
[JAPANESE FEATHERS FROM EDO-PERIOD].
[Hand-painted manuscript scroll of different types of feather (or fletching) used in the traditional Japanese arrow making]. About mid or late 18th century.
. A very long scroll (478 x 22.2 cm) with 74 illustrations of feathers, hand-painted in black, grey and white ink on thin paper. The feathers are illustrated with stripes and dots in lots of different variations. An illustration of a falcon appears at the beginning of the scroll. Some small wormholes throughout, not affecting the illustrations. One small hole at beginning and one line of text (probably a name) has been cut out at the start of the scroll, and paper has been restored. Later re-binding with some wear, housed in a modern box. Japanese arrows (Ya) are considerably longer than Western arrows. Traditionally, the shafts were made of a special kind of bamboo and fletched with feathers of larger birds of prey, like hawks or sea eagles. The feathers or fletchings (hane) are one of the most important components of an arrow, giving it stability in flight. There are two main classifications of Japanese arrows; haya and otoya. The first kind was made from feathers from the left wing and would rotate clockwise and the other type was made from the right wing and would spiral counter-clockwise. An unsophisticated but charming piece of artwork.
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Book number: 120945
€  900.00 [Appr.: US$ 974.23 | £UK 769 | JP¥ 146619]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, feather, fletching, arrow-making, arrow, illustrated, manuscript, japan, japanese, japon, asia, asie, asiatic, asien,

 [JAPANESE MEN KIMONO SAMPLES]., "Iwa no Tamotsu". [A manual with 110 stylish textile samples]. No date, ca 1930.
[JAPANESE MEN KIMONO SAMPLES].
"Iwa no Tamotsu". [A manual with 110 stylish textile samples]. No date, ca 1930.
. A large size manual (36 x 25.5 cm). Contains 110 samples, of varies sizes, mounted on heavy paper. Twenty-two leaves bound in fukuro-toji style. Contemporary boards, gold speckled, some discolouration on upper cover, title painted in blue on upper cover.A handsome manual with sophisticated textile samples for male kimonos. The patterns are mainly traditional geometric but there are also some with figurative and floral designs. The colours are discreet, mainly blue, black and various red tones, some with silver elements. We don't know who it belonged to but probably a refined tailor's shop. Due to the numbering (111 to 220), we assume that this is a manual out of several.
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Book number: 121171
€  1200.00 [Appr.: US$ 1298.97 | £UK 1025.25 | JP¥ 195492]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, japan, japon, japanese, textile, kimono, fabrics, samples, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, clothes,

 [ïNO, UNGAI (NOBUTARÍ]:, Jinshu monyô, senjümin no bu. (Tribal patterns of indigenous people)           . Ky›to, Unsôdô, Tisho 5 (1915).
[ïNO, UNGAI (NOBUTARÍ]:
Jinshu monyô, senjümin no bu. (Tribal patterns of indigenous people) . Ky›to, Unsôdô, Tisho 5 (1915).
. Oblong 8vo. (10 x 18.7 cm). Lvs 44, leporello-folded. Contains fifty-nine coloured woodblock-printed patterns, one preliminary leaf and colophon printed on rear paste-down. A collection of traditional Ainu patterns with printed Japanese captions. Original binding, worn, title on upper cover. Some minor staining and a few leaves with some creasing. Rare first edition published as the second issue of the author's anthropological series of works. The first was published in 1907 devoted to Japanese ancient designs, this issue deals exclusively with Ainu design. Ungai (Nobutar›) Íno (1863-1938) was an artist and anthropologist who worked at the Tokyo Imperial University. He was the leading proponent of the Ainu theory.
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Book number: 121417
€  2000.00 [Appr.: US$ 2164.95 | £UK 1708.75 | JP¥ 325820]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, ainu, aino, japan, japanese, japon, asia, asie, asien, asiatic, design, patterns,

 [CHIKAWA DANJURO VII - KABUKI]., The Kabuki Juhachiban, or Eighteen Best Kabuki Plays. Tokyo (?) 1917.
[CHIKAWA DANJURO VII - KABUKI].
The Kabuki Juhachiban, or Eighteen Best Kabuki Plays. Tokyo (?) 1917.
. Accordion-bound book. Size: 24.1 x 21.6 cm. Title and content in Japanese. With 19 colour woodblock-printed illustrations of different kabuki actors. Pasted on sprinkled paper. Silk covered boards, printed title paper label on front cover. Housed in cloth folder.Comprises eighteen famous kabuki plays selected by Ichikawa Danjuro VII (1791-1859): Yanone, Nanatsumen, Gedatsu, Ja-Yanagi, Kamahige, Kagekiyo, Sukeroku, Uiro, Kanu, Fudo, Narukami, Zouhiki, Uwanari, Oshimodoshi, Kenuki, Shibaraku, Fuwa and Kanjincho. Several major Kabuki families made their own groups of "Eighteen Favourites" but no one managed to maintain a lasting fame as Danjuro VII's selection. Rare.
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Book number: 121144
€  1500.00 [Appr.: US$ 1623.71 | £UK 1281.75 | JP¥ 244365]
Catalogue: East Asia
Keywords: East Asia, kabuki, theater, theatre, play, japan, japon, japanese, illustrated, masks, asia, asie, asien, asiatic,

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