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Author Name    Strange, Edward F.

Title   Japanese Illustration, a History of the Arts of Wood-Cutting and Colour Printing in Japan

Binding   Decorative Boards

Book Condition   Good

Jacket Condition   No Jacket

Type   Association Copy

Edition   Presumed First Edition

Size   8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Publisher   London, England George Bell and Sons 1897

Seller ID   007001

Printed at the Chiswick Press, London. 8.75 x 5.75 inches. Yellow buckram binding, with purple-colored design and with gilt-stamped lettering. The binding is somewhat soiled. Moderately bumped spine head and tail, with gently bumped corners. The text block firmly bound in. With xx and 155 numbered pages of text, and with 8 full-page color plates, as called for, and with numerous monochrome full-page illustrations. Occasional spotting or foxing to some of the rear pages. A few notes in a neat ink or pencil hand to the margins of some of the pages. A dedication in ink to the half title page and a book plate and pictorial dedication on a front FEP. Previous owner name in a neat pencil hand to the front FEP. Else the book is clean. A Good copy. The provenance of the book surmised from the book plate and writings at the front of the book. Probably the book was purchased new by Morgan Shepard [1865-1947]. The firm of Elder & Shepard, San Francisco, published about 40 books from 1898-1903, and included a strong focus on Japanese art. This copy given by Shepard, probably before he left San Francisco around the time of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, to Dora Amsden "D.A." [1853-1947]. Amsden wrote at least two books on Japanese prints, these books published by Paul Elder and Company, San Francisco, formerly Shepard and Elder. In 1938 she gave the book to her friend and protégé Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks [1903-1963]. Eventually the book was acquired by Herbert McLean Evans [1882-1971], with his initials in soft pencil to the front board. Evans was a highly regarded U.S. anatomist and embryologist. He was an ardent collector of rare books and of Japanese ukiyo-e prints.

Price = 100.00 USD


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