1908. Item #89311
[DESIGN] ASAI Chu. MOKUGO ZUAN SHU. Kyoto: Unsodo, Meiji 41 . Printed paper covers over boards, tassel bound. This tall 4to sized volume (36.5 x 25 cm) is a wonderful deluxe compendium of Asai's design work. Asai is famous as one of the most important Japanese Western-style oil painters of the the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but his design work, as well, was at the forefront of the international design revolution of his day. In the early years of this century after his return from several years in France and before his premature death in 1907, Asai taught design and painting in Kyoto and influenced some of the most important Japanese artists of the later 20th century. This work, published posthumously by his friends, is masterfully printed by Unsodo and includes 24 pages of color woodblock prints after his designs and 41 pages of collotypes. This copy is in lovely condition throughout. Though it went through several printings early in this century, of which this is the first, it has become quite a scarce book. Complete, as issued, in the publisher's grasscloth chitsu clasped case, the case has failing hinges.