Noritane, Ninagawa. Kwan-Ko-Dzu-Setsu. Notice historique et descriptive sur les arts et industries japonais. Art Céramique. Première (-cinquième) partie.

Tokyo & Yokohama, H. Ahrens & Co. / C. Lévy, 1876-1878.

5 parts in Japanese (5 oblong folio volumes, 390 x 275 mm) with 90 lithographed plates, all but one hand-coloured. Original blue wrappers, sewn in Japanese style, paper labels on upper covers. Includes French translations (5 large octavo volumes in the publisher's printed wrappers). Together in original blue cloth folder with toggles.


The "Kwan-Ko-Dzu-Setsu" (illustrated catalogue of archaeological objects) constitutes an interesting and rare early example of Japanese lithography, illustrating Japanese ceramic art, with highly unusual examples from the treasury of Todaiji Temple. It was opened only once or twice each century by an imperial commission of which the editor, the renowned antiquarian Noritané Ninagawa (1835-83), was a member.

Occasional light staining. Bindings rubbed, some stitching broken, hinges of folder weakened, but altogether very well preserved.


OCLC 29078824.

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