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(Color Block Book) Lei An (Zhaoxiang Zhang)
Bai Hua Shi Jian Pu: A Hundred Flowers; Wen Mei Zhai Shi Jian Pu
(Beijing): Wen Mei Zhai, 1910 (1911). First edition. 4to. Two volumes, complete. One hundred woodblock illustrations of flowers intricately printed on one side of the page only in full color and bound in Oriental style, with three pages of introductory matter in Volume I. Basically these constitute illustrated paper for the writing of poems. Issued in two versions: red monochrome and full color. This is the full color version. This edition was printed in the third year of the Xuantong reign of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) of the Xuangtong Emperor. (i.e., 1911). An ephemeral piece used as stationery; only a few copes have survived in any form. This copy has not been used in any way and is complete with 50 illustrations in each volume. One plate in Volume II has an old repair of a closed tear with some loss to the margin and wrinkling of the paper; one plate in Volume II has a few light gray color spots; the remaining 98 illustrations are fine and bright. Rare, Only a few copies of either version located in libraries worldwide, and only one auction record for RMB 59,800 or just under $10,000. Near fine.
Bookseller: Thorn Books, ABAA [U.S.A.]

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