1933. Item #90097
[DESIGN] FUJII Tatsukichi, designer. SÔSAKU SENSHOKU ZUANSHÛ. [A Collection of Designs for Dyework] Tokyo & Osaka: Bungado, Showa 8 . Large portfolio, 41 x 31 cm., decorative cloth covered clasped chitsu case with a printed decorative label, all enclosed in the publisher's folding cardboard outer box. A 4 page fascicle of preliminaries and a table of contents. With the chitsu design, the cover design, 3 preliminary page designs and 61 designs on the 50 content fascicles. The designs are primarily in color woodcut, printed on both paper and, occasionally, cloth. A beautiful production, here in almost perfect condition. Fujii Tatsukichi (1881-1964) was one of the most important reformers of the traditional arts in Japan. His creativity touched nearly every area: lacquer, pottery, papermaking, dyeing - his influence was enormous. This scarce and lovely portfolio of his original designs helps to illustrate why he was so important. This deluxe production cost 25 yen in 1933 - a princely sum during the depths of the Depression in Japan. Complete. $4,500.00.