One of Only Twenty-Five Lavishly-Illustrated Sets, With Original WatercolorsCaptain F. Brinkley (editor). Japan, Described and Illustrated by the Japanese. Written by Eminent Japanese Authorities and Scholars. In Ten Volumes. Boston: J. B. Millet, . [with:] Captain F. Brinkley. The Art of Japan. In Two Volumes. Boston: J. B. Millet, .
Mikado's Special Edition, limited to 25 numbered copies, of which this set is number 20. Twelve square folio volumes. With an Essay on Japanese Art by Kakuzo Okakura, Director of the Imperial Art School at Tokyo Japan. Each volume with numerous photographs, several of which are hand-colored, of Japanese art, society, culture, and landscapes. Ten frontispieces of original paintings, watercolors, and embroidery.
This magnificent deluxe edition is illustrated with ten color collotype photographs of flowers, 60 mounted and matted hand-colored albumen photographs, ten frontispieces of mounted original examples of Japanese art, ten color/zylograph plates reproducing noted Japanese art, and approximately 200 in-text mounted hand-colored albumen photographs. This ten-volume set is accompanied by the rarely-encountered two supplementary volumes, which contain in total 29 matted photos and woodblock prints (22 in color), two double-page color prints of fans, 46 tipped-in in-text monochrome photos and reproductions of noted works of art, six tipped-in in-text color woodblock prints after Hokusai, and two matted fabric pattern prints.
In original full stenciled dyed silk, bound with silk cord; silk ribbons. Gilt-flecked endpapers. Printed on Japanese paper. Minor general wear to bindings of all volumes, with slightly more wear at corners of Volumes One and Ten. The two-volume Art of Japan is more heavily worn, with the silk fraying and torn; these two volumes also a bit loose. The interior of each is very bright with vivid colors. A beautiful set in near fine condition.
Captain Francis (Frank) Brinkley (1841-1912) was an Irish military man and journalist who traveled to Japan in 1867, became enamored with Japanese culture and never left. He did much to inform and educate the West about Japan with his books and newspaper dispatches, and this superb and comprehensive collection - surely Brinkley's finest achievement - was no doubt much-appreciated and much-treasured by those fascinated by the exotic East.
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