Title Treasures of the Shosoin: The Middle, South and North Sections [3 volumes]
Book Condition Near Fine
Size Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall
Publisher Tokyo, Japan Asahi Shimbun Publishing Company 1960
Seller ID 006249
Complete in three volumes of tipped-in color plates, each with accompanying text booklet. A bilingual publication, the plate volumes with principal text in Japanese and secondary text in English. The text volumes with full text in both English and Japanese. Published serially between 1960 and 1962. Size is 39 x 29.5 cm. (15.5 x 11.75 inches). The plate volumes are bound in beige heather cloth, with crisp gilt-stamped Japanese characters to the front boards and to the spines. The South Section plate volume with 119 numbered plates, the Middle Section plate volume with 130 numbered plates, and the North Section plate volume with 125 numbered plates. The three text volumes are in wrappers. Each text volume and accompanying plate volume set in a drop-back box, thus a total of three boxes. Presumed first and only printing of this deluxe edition. (Later reprinted in condensed trade editions.) Printed and bound in Japan. All illustrations in the plate volumes are tipped in on heavy stock. Virtually all plates are in color. As to all volumes, unbumped spine heads and tails, with sharp corners. A very clean set of books, and each volume is rather tight. No remainder marks. Very gently read. No DJs to the plate volumes, as issued. Moderate page waviness along the fore edge to all three plate volumes, quite minor. An immensely clean and attractive set of 3 plate volumes and 3 text volumes. In the original custom-made drop-back boxes, charcoal gray cloth over heavy cardboard, and with near pristine paper labels to the fronts and spines. Lightest soiling to the box exteriors. Near Fine volumes in Very Good Plus boxes. Very scarce in any condition. The antiquities at the treasure house that belongs to To-dai-ji, Nara, Japan, artifacts connected to Emperor Shomu (701-756) and Empress Komyo (701-760), as well as arts and crafts of the Tempyo period of Japanese history.
Japanese art, Chinese art, Shosoin