THE CORNERSTONE OF 20TH CENTURY DESIGN
[DESIGN BOOK] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist. MOMOYOGUSA. Kyoto, Unsôdô, Meiji 42-43 [1909-10]. 30.1 X 22.5 cm. 3 volumes. Most consider it the finest Japanese design book of all time, this exquisite suite of 60 double page color printed woodblocks is printed and overprinted using opaque and metallic inks to produce a sumptuous surface. This is from an early printing, before cracks had widened in the printing blocks. The condition is very good, with only a bit of the gutter fading and metallic ink transfer common to this work. Definitely one of the cleaner copies internally that we have seen. The exteriors have been restored and show the signs of old chipping away of the overlay paper but the original title labels are still present. The paper overlays are very fragile and so they almost always have at least some problems of condition. In a contemporary supplied clasped chitsu box. A beautiful copy of this cornerstone of 20th century design. Complete.