Twelve Wood-Block Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro Illustrating the Process of Silk Culture; Reproduced in Facsimile from the Originals in the Collection of Edwin & Irma Grabhorn

San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed by the Grabhorn Press], 1965. Utamaro, Kitagawa. Hardcover. One of 450 copies, folio size, [36] pp., with original prospectus. Fine. Item #CNBR038

The Book Club of California's publication for Christmas 1965. Presents the pictures of a Kitagawa Utamaro (1783-1806), an eighteenth-century Japanese artist that dealt with the process of silk culture, and the handiwork of women, who were responsible for all aspects of making silk. The images together form one continuous composition, and are known as the "Silkworm Series". This is the fourth and final book in the "Grabhorn Japanese Print Series", which are regarded as the "crowning achievement" of the Club's publication program.

Printed at the Grabhorn Press, with the colour blocks for the collotype illustrations having been engraved by Irma Grabhorn, the third wife of Edwin Grabhorn. This was the fourth and last of the "Japanese Print Series".

___DESCRIPTION: Quarter parchment and green and light-green decorated paper boards, title in gilt to backstrip, title-page in black, green and yellow, opening initial letter of the introductory essay in green and yellow, twelve numbered plates (not included in pagination) in colour, handset Goudy Modern type, machine made paper, folio 15 1/8" by 9 7/8", [i-xiv] [1-22] pp., limited edition, one of 450 copies, with original prospectus slipped in.

___CONDITION: A near fine copy, internally bright, covers are clean, text block is straight and tight, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a small, stray short line of gilt at the rear joint (so, presumably made when the gilt was applied to the backstrip), else a fine copy.

___CITATION: BCC no. 121, Grabhorn Press Bibliography no. 652.

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Price: $150.00

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