Tokyo and Yokohama: Ahrens and Co; C. Levy, 1876 - 1878. First Edition. Paperback. 5 volumes, oblong 4to, each with between 5 and 11 leaves of Japanese lithographic text. 89 hand-colored lithographed plates of pottery (18 in each part); 15a in the first is a half plate in monochrome. Original stitched blue wrappers with lithographic labels in Japanese and French; along with 5 volumes (pamphlets), 8vo. each with between 12 and 32 pp French text. Original multi-colored wrappers titled on front covers. Housed in blue cloth folding case with bone clasps, paper title label to front cover. All volumes in near fine to fine condition; case is unevenly faded. Item #14941
An uncommon and important work on Japanese Ceramics depicting some unusual and rare pieces which were sealed in the Treasury of the Todaiji temple. The Treasury was only open for view once or twice a century by Imperial Commission; Ninagawa, founder of the Tokyo Museum, was a member of one such commission. The set is particularly noteworthy for the use of lithography rather than the usual color woodcuts. Next day shipping. Celebrating our 17th year - all domestic orders ship with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number - Images available upon request.