Title Illustrated Catalogue of the Collection of Japanese Color Prints, Metzgar, 1919
Book Condition Good Plus
Edition First Edition
Size 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
Publisher New York, New York, U.S.A. American Art Galleries 1919
Seller ID 007035
From an auction of May 15th to 16th, 1919 featuring the property of Mr. Judson D. Metzgar, Moline, IL. Includes Lot Nos. 1 to 1243. 10 x 7 inches. Spine perished. May have had brown over-wrappers when first issued. Plain beige wrappers with black-stamped lettering. Wrappers with light soiling. Text block still holding but signatures threatening to separate at spine head and tail. With unnumbered pages of text and with XXIII B&W plates, being reproductions of Japanese woodblock prints. A fairly clean copy. A Good Plus copy. From the private library of Herbert McLean Evans, with his initials in soft lead pencil to the back of the front wrapper and his ex libris sticker at the bottom. Evans [1882-1971] was a highly regarded U.S. anatomist and embryologist. He was an ardent collector of rare books and of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. As for Judson D. Metzgar, [1870-1958], in addition to being a collector, Metzgar was also author of Adventures in Japanese Prints (Grabhorn Press, ca. 1940) and similar works. In addition to the 1919 catalogue, a catalogue for the public sale of part of Metzgar’s collection was conducted at the American Art Association in New York on November 13th & 14th, 1916. The sale is widely regarded as one of the most important sales of the first half of the 20th century of Japanese color prints. The Metzgar sale of 1916 is listed at p. 10, The Evolution of Ukiyoé: The Artistic, Economic and Social Significance of Japanese Wood-Block Prints, by Takahashi Sei-Ichiro, 1955.