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Shinsen daisho hinagata taizen
1897. ISHII, Usaburo and Kojiro IZUMI. Shinsen daisho hinagata taizen.6 volumes. [18]; [18]; [20], [18], [21]; [20] ff. Illustrated throughout with woodcuts including two fold-out plates. 8vo., 221 x 154 mm, bound in original embossed wrappers and paper labels in a new blue cloth folding box. Osaka: Seikado, 1897.An excellent copy of this work which in English translates to "Complete Patterns for Master Craftsmen". This is the first edition, and it was subsequently reprinted in 1910. The book is an important document of the late nineteenth century Japanese struggle between the desire to modernize and that of maintaining tradition. This work bridges the contrast between the conservative return to ancient temple forms and the interest in western forms.The first four volumes cover traditional Japanese design, structure and carpentry and the last two volumes introduce western building designs and, in the details, western building methods. Nuts, bolts and metal brackets replace traditional carpentry, and forms in masonry are described. In the last volume are a series of profiles of mouldings, architectural hardware and fairly elaborate gates, fences and entries in western styles. Interestingly enough, the Imperial Palace, completed in 1888, was not built to the designs of any of the western or western trained architects who submitted designs; but was built by the Imperial Carpenter, who went on to teach many of these young, new architects then, in turn, responsible for the resurgence of Japanese historicism. All this despite the Emperor's push for modernity for the country. A very good set, with one of the paper labels missing and another slightly damaged.
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