First edition. Hardcover. Folio. 100 loose plates kimonos and Japanese fabric designs from the collection of Shojiro Nomura


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Taga Sode Hyakushu
Author: Nomura, Shojiro (ed.)Tsutomu Ema (Eba) (text by)
Title:Taga Sode Hyakushu
Publication:Tokyo:Unsodo, 1919
Edition:first edition

Edition: Ex-library, first edition

Description: Ex-library, first edition. Hardcover. Folio. 100 loose plates + an two sided index. Gold silk-covered portfolio with decorative floral motifs and black lettering over a white label on the front cover. The publication is a collection examples of historic Edo-period (1600-1868) kimonos and Japanese fabric designs from the collection of Shojiro Nomura*, with a focus on the long decorated sleeves ("Furisode", the long-sleeved kimonos, traditionally for unmarried women). The portfolio contains 100 (99+1 duplicate) plates of color reproductions of designs, each accompanied by a protective tissue guard in front with printed black text giving information such as their dye techniques and symbolic meaning. These plates provide detailed close-ups examining the intricate weaves of the cloth. Plate #85 is missing, and there is an additional duplicate copy of #86. Laid in at the front of the portfolio is a double-sided index of the plates, printed on glossy cardstock. The collection originally came with a booklet, which is missing from this copy. Text in Japanese.

Some of the hinges of the portfolio are worn, loose and/or cracking. Rubbing to extremities. A small stain to the bottom right corner of the front flap, and an abrasion to the top left corner. Interior of the portfolio with sticker residue on the top left corner of the left flap, and a library ink stamp in the top left corner of the right flap. Tissue guards sunned. Plate index with some light smudges, rubbing to corners and a small closed tear. Portfolio in good-, plates in in good+ to very good- condition overall. g- to vg-.

* (野村正治郎) Shojiro Nomura (b. Kyoto 1879-1943) was a renowned Japanese antique art dealer who was a collector of kimonos and an expert on the history of Japanese fabric and textiles. He was instrumental in helping to popularize Japanese culture, and specifically fashion in the United States, through his work in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He published numerous collections of color plates over the years, featuring examples of fabrics and design styles from his famous collection.

* (江馬務) Tsutomu Ema (Eba) (1884-1979) was a Japanese historian and expert on the study of Japanese customs.

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