1909. Item #90870
[DESIGN] Kamisaka SEKKA, artist. MOMOYOGUSA. Kyoto: Unsodo, Meiji 42-43 [1909-10]. 3 volumes. 30.1 X 22.5 cm. 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 an early impression with woodgrain showing in a few prints. The condition is internally superb, with almost none of the gutter fading and metallic ink transfer common to this work. One of the finest printings we have seen. Volume one has been meticulously restored.... Some paper fill-in and other work has been so successfully accomplished as to be unnoticeable. Some paper overlay is chipped away on the front covers of volumes one and three, though they retain the original printed titles, and the paper overlay on the back of one volume is restores/replaced. A complete copy of this cornerstone of any Japanese design collection.