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Cha no yu Nichinichigusa . (A Day's Tea Ceremony). Tokyo, Akiyama Takeemon, Meiji 29-30 (1896-7).
1896. Accordion-folding album with sixteen double-page woodblock-prints (24.3 x 36 cm) by Toshikata Mizuno, renowned ukiyo-e artist during the Meiji period. Original silk-covered boards, slightly worn and discoloured. First edition. The beautiful printed illustrations are devoted to the preparation and performance of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, which is an art form used for more than six hundred years in Japan. The basic idea of tea ceremony is exemplified in the expression of harmony, reverence, purity and tranquility. The prints present the rituals including how to arrange and clean the utensils, prepare the tea (matcha), arrange flowers and making sweets, and also how to receive the guests. Performed by gorgeous women in various delicate kimono outfits in fine settings, all rendered in exquisite colours. Descriptive text in Japanese. Occasionally some small marks to prints, minor wear to gutter of some leaves (one with small hole), a few leaves starting to separate but overall a lovely copy of a rare work. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Charlotte Du Rietz Rare Books (ILAB) [Stockholm, Sweden]
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