1908. Item #86423
Kokka-sha. WAKAN MEIGA-SEN [A GALLERY OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE PAINTINGS]. Tokyo, Kokka Publishing Company, Meiji 41 .  ff. preliminaries followed by 100 plates, 28 color and 72 b/w, with a leaf of descriptive letterpress preceding most plates. (In a few instances the descriptive text is for two plates and precedes the first plate.) Dual language text in Japanese and English. Large Folio: 12 x 17 inches. Green brocade covers tied with cord and housed in the original clasped chitsu case. Small amounts of faint foxing on some text pages and the cloth spine is slightly frayed at ends, else a clean and fresh copy. This compilation of masterworks of Japanese and Chinese painting - profusely illustrated in b/w collotype, along with many color woodblock reproductions that made the Kokka Company (along with Shimbi Shoin) one of the premier publishing companies of its day - focuses on Japanese painting from the reign of Empress Suiko to the close of the Tokugawa period and Chinese paintings from the T'ang, Yuan and Sung dynasties - the periods that had the most influence on the Japanese painting presented here. Sixty-five plates of Japanese paintings (nineteen in color) and thirty-five of Chinese paintings (nine in color): a complete copy in near-fine condition.