[San Francisco]: The Book Club of California [printed at The Artichoke Press], (1999). Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 450 copies, quarto size, 169 pp. Fine. Item #17063112
This publication by The Book Club of California comprises a thorough exploration of Japanese books and scrolls, the contents and techniques involved, and their relation to the history and culture of Japan; Colin Franklin (b. 1923), an English antiquarian bookseller and writer specialising in private press and printing, wrote the book with the intent of bringing new viewers to experience Japanese art. The book is lavishly illustrated with colour facsimiles of book pages and scrolls from a wide range of time throughout Japan's history of book design.
___DESCRIPTION: Half dark blue cloth with pictorial paper boards, tan and blue paper spine label with white lettering, tan and blue patterned endpapers, frontispiece a full-colour Japanese illustration, title page in blue, black, and white with red ornament, full-colour facsimiles of book pages, illustrations, and scrolls throughout; Scripps College Old Style type, quarto size (14.25" by 10.25"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-xi [xii] [1-2] 3-156 [1 colophon], one of 450 copies, unnumbered. In a slipcase covered in tan and blue patterned paper, with matching paper spine label with white lettering.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean, with some rubbing to the corners of the spine and edges of the opening, else fine.
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