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- [China 1754]. Blue stitched wrs., 16 volumes, profuse color & b.w. woodcut illustrations, ca. 16.3 x 25.5 cm., 10 vols. stitched, 4 vols. not stitched, double folded leaves, very clean bright set, title slip on vol. 1 only. R A R E 1 China's most famous painting manual, JIE ZI YUAN HUA ZHUANG HUA NIAO PU: MUSTARD SEED GARDEN. * Compiled by Chen Yin-po. Artists: Wang An-chieh, Wang Mi-ts' ao & Wang Ssu-chih. This is the most important book on the art of Chinese painting. Originally published in 1679-1818, was basically a set of several numbered "books" within, each devoted to a different topic. This edition was nicely color woodblock printed with soft, delicate pastels. * The work begins with: Book of the Six Principles, standards and the rules of painting: The Six Canons, Six Essentials, Three Faults, Twelve Things to Avoid, Three Classes, divisions of schools &c., notes on the preparation of colors and materials. * Book of trees, leafs, foliage, rocks, brush strokes, painting mountain peaks, mountain landscapes. Human figures, animals, birds included in landscapes, houses and structures, city walls, towers, pagodas, bridges and waterfalls, drawings by square & rule, furniture and furnishings. * Book of bamboo, discussion of the fundamentals of bamboo and examples. * Book of plum, with a testimonial for. * Book of chrysanthemum, fundamentals of painting. * Book of grasses, insects & flowering plants, fundamentals of. Examples of insect paintings, grasses, herbaceous plants. * Book of feathers, fur & flowering plants. Essay upon the use of mineral blue, green, vermilion, deep vermilion, gold paste, cock yellow, white, rouge red, soot black, indigo, rattan yellow, umber, mixing colors and the use of ink, applying alum on silk and on colors. * This work is printed on double folded woodblock printed leaves, each stitched at the spine with silk thread. By and large all in very good condition. For a valuable account of this with much detail see: Mai-Mai Sze: THE TAO OF PAINTING: A Study of the Ritual Disposition of Chinese Painting, a translation of the Chieh Tzu Yuan Hua Chuan, or Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting. This gives the exact contents of each book as well as color examples, bibliographic data &c. * It is quite difficult to find this work in its complete state, as most have been separated, many illustration extracted and framed separately. A major contribution to the study of Chinese painting, landscape, flower, rocks, figures and the inspiration for the Japanese to begin color woodblock printing for their Ukiyo-e period. This work has been used by students since 1679 as a lesson and guidebook on the art of Chinese brush painting and is still now in use some 300 years later. * Known as the most important classic on Chinese painting and China's single most valuable work on the subject. A MOST BEAUTIFUL WORK ! ** BIBLIOGRAPHY: K. Toda: THE RYERSON COLLECTION OF JAPANESE & CHINESE BOOKS. p.406-410 for more notes & details. * Y. Yonezawa et al.; JAPANESE PAINTING IN THE LITERATI STYLE, p.170-190. * Mai-Mai Sze: THE TAO OF PAINTING: A Study of the Ritual Disposition of Chinese Painting, a translation of the Chieh Tzu Yuan Hua Chuan, or Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting. * S. Edgren: CHINESE RARE BOOKS IN AMERICAN COLLECTIONS p.118 no. 37. * J. Hillier: THE JAPANESE PICTURE BOOK: A Selection from the Ravicz Collection, p.17, plate 3. * RAWSON, Jessica. ed. et al.: THE BRITISH MUSEUM BOOK OF CHINESE ART.: page 124. *
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