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WOMEN OF JAPAN. Volume One: Earlier Masters - Werner, Alfred) - 1950. 
New York: H. Felix Kraus Books-International, 1950. - ILLUSTRATED WITH 18 EXQUISITE JAPANESE COLOR WOODCUTS - Folio, 18 inches high by 12-1/4 inches wide. Both volumes are bound in golden paper covered boards, the first volume backed with a gray cloth spine and the second volume volume with a red cloth spine. Different vivid color illustrations are mounted on the front covers of the volume with the cover of the first volume titled in red and that of the second volume in black. The covers of both volumes are rubbed with some wear to the corners and head and tail of the spines. Each volume contains a title page, 4 pages of identical introductory text by Alfred Werner, and a table of contents followed by 8 tipped-in color plates. The second volume includes a second identical table of contents page. The set is illustrated with a total of 18 superb bright color woodcuts, including the cover illustrations, by Japanese masters from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries exquisitely reproduced by modern masters of Japanese art. Among the images are a charming illustration of a Japanese Lady holding a cat in the fold of her robe as a small dog reaches up with its paws on her legs. Other images include a lovely depiction of a geisha writing a poem as her maid holds the ink-pot and an image of a geisha fishing for crab. The front hinges of each volume are cracked with the spines pulling away from the text block. The front endpaper of the first volume is partially detached. The top edges of the white paper matting upon which the plates are mounted are slightly stained. A very good set with exquisite plates. Illustrated with a total of 18 color woodcuts, including the 2 cover illustrations, each of the 16 color woodcuts contained within these volumes, measuring approximately 9-1/2 inches high by 7 inches wide, is tipped onto a slightly larger white paper mat which in turn is tipped onto gray wood toned pages.The following plates illustrate the first volume, depicting works by the "Earlier Masters": The cover is illustrated with "A Woman Waiting" by Fishosai Choki; Plate 1: "Lady of the Keicho Period" [circa 1600] by Iwasa Matabe (1584-1650); Plate 2: "Lady-In-Waiting" by Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1751); Plate 3: "An Upper-Class Geisha With Her Servant" by Okamura Masanobu (1686-1764); Plate 4: "Woman With Cat and Dog" by Katsukawa Shunso (1726-1792); Plate 5: "A Lady Changing Her Dress" by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1805); Plate 6: "A Geisha Writing a Poem, While Her Maid is Holding Her Ink-Pot" by Kitao Masanobu (1761-1816); Plate 7: "A Dancing Woman" by Kubo Shunman (1757-1820); and Plate 8: "A Woman Enjoying the Beauty of the Moon" by Hosoda Fishi (1758-1829).The plates illustrating the second volume, depicting works by the "Later Masters" consist of: Plate 1 (illustrating the cover): "A Geisha With a Fan" by Ichirakutei Fisui; Plate 2: "Two Beauties of theYoshiwara" by Kitagawa Tsukimaro; Plate 3: "An Upper-Class Geisha" by Katsukawa Shunsen; Plate 4: "Two Actresses" by Kikukawa Fisan (1787-1867); Plate 5: "A Woman Dyeing Garments" by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1864); Plate 6: "A Fisher Woman Drawing Water From the Sea" by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1864); Plate 7: "A Lower Class Geisha and a Servant Girl" by Utagawa Kuniao (1793-1854); Plate 8: "A Woman Gathering Shells" by Utagawa Yoshifuji (1834-1903); and Plate 9: "A Geisha Fishing Crab" by Utagawa Sadatora.Complete sets such as this are RARE. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.]
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