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Honzo Zufu: Tsubaki by Kan'en Iwasaki

Rare volume on camellias from Kan'en Iwasaki's multi-volume botanical series Honzo Zufu (Iconographia Plantarum), originally compiled in 1828 and later published in 92 volumes. This volume, number 88 in the series, includes 10 pages of text and index of c...

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$800.00


Enchuro-ryu Soka Zue by Shuei Shounsai, Hakusui Kikunsai

One volume only from the 8-volume series of guidebooks to the Enchuro School of ikebana or flower arrangement first published in Tokyo in 1807. 8 pages of text and 52 pages of woodcuts of ikebana featuring flowers in vases on tables, in hanging baskets, e...

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$150.00


Le Antichita di Ercolano by Tomasso Piroli

Set of first three volumes on frescos or wall paintings from the 6-volume set of Piroli's iconography of items from the ancient cities of Herculaneum, Stabia and Pompeii unearthed in the mid-18th century. Later volumes covered bronze statues and busts (Vo...

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$1,100.00


Kaishien Gaden by [Wang Gai]

Kaishien Gaden (Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden) is an Edo-Era Japanese edition of the very popular Chinese painting guide Jieziyuan Huazhaun by Wang Gai, first published in the Qing Dynasty in China (1701). The manual was reprinted many times from 1748...

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$400.00


Moko Shurai Ekotoba by Beisai Kubota

Woodblock reprint of two famous Japanese picture scrolls which recorded the unsuccessful Mongol invasions of Japan in the 13th century.The scrolls were originally drawn between 1275 and 1293 for the samurai Suenaga Takezaki to record his battlefield valor...

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$600.00


Ikebana-Tsu by Shinshintei Ryuka

Rare guide book to the Shinshintei school of Ikebana published in Tokyo, 1835.4 pages of text on color woodcut pages, 16 full-color woodcuts of flower arrangements, 20 b/w woodcuts of flower arrangements, and 6 text pages.Rare to find 19th century ikebana...

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$250.00


Vollstaendige Völkergallerie in getreuen Abbildungen by Friedrich Wilhelm Goedsche

Set of 3 volumes of this finely illustrated review of the manners, lifestyles and costumes of all the peoples of the world.Complete with 3 handcolored title pages and 365 handcolored illustrations on 184 lithographic plates of native costumes, customs, we...

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$4,000.00


British Theatrical Gallery by Daniel Terry

Title page, 20 hand-coloured engraved plates with corresponding pages of explanatory text. Twenty fine hand-coloured engraved portraits by R. Cooper of famous contemporary actors and actresses after paintings by Harlow, Sharp, Clint, De Wilde, Waldeck, an...

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$800.00


Galerie Dramatique: Vol. 7 by Alexandre Lacauchie

Volume 7 only of the 10-volume collection of stage portraits from the mid-19th century.Title page with vignette and 81 (of 100) handcoloured lithographic plates of actors, opera singers and ballet dancers in costume of their roles by Alexandre Lacauchie, ...

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$1,200.00


Bibliotheca chalcographica by Jean-Jacques Boissard

First edition of this famous collection of portraits of leading European Renaissance figures. Engraved title page, 8pp index and 235 chalcographic (copperplate) engravings. A collection of portraits edited by Jean-Jacques Boissard (1528-1602), engraved b...

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$2,000.00


Soka Hyakushu by Bairei Kono

Complete set Bairei Kono's Soka Hyakushu or Kusabana Hyakushu (One Hundred Varieties of Flowers), Tokyo, Yamada Unsodo, 1901-1904. 231 color woodcut plates bound in 4 volumes, stored in a custom green-cloth slip-case. The woodblock plates printed with nat...

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$3,500.00


Fuzoku Emakimono by Masanobu Okumura

Reprint from the 1880s of ukiyo-e artist Masanobu Okumura's depiction of nightlife in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters in the Edo era.Masanobu Okumura (1686-1764) was a Japanese print designer, book publisher, illustrator and painter.This orihon concertina...

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$250.00


Galerie Dramatique: Vols. 1-4 by Alexandre Lacauchie

Collection of 277 hand-coloured lithographic portraits of French actors and actresses from the first 4 volumes of this rare series.No title page or prelims, mostly disbound plates loosely inserted within original bindings for Vol. 1 and 2, plate numbers f...

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$2,000.00


Journal des Dames et des Modes 1820 by Pierre de La Mésangère

Collection of 149 hand-colored copperplate engravings only from Pierre de La Mésangère's famous fashion magazine.Most women's fashion plates by the famous illustrator Louis Marie Lante, with 12 hat and bonnet plates by Victor Adam, taken from the issues...

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$1,500.00


Les Phenomenes et les Curiosites de la Nature by Munerelle

First edition of this rare illustrated introduction to meteorological, geological, terrestrial and marine phenomena aimed at students.The 36 (of 37) dramatic lithographs were drawn and printed by the Strasbourg engraver Emile Lemaitre, handfinished in col...

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$800.00


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