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Manuscript copy of his famous Hoketsuki [trans.: Wrapping and Tying] first published in 1764. 138 illustrations in the text, finely drawn in black & red ink. Two parts in one vol. 87 folding leaves. 8vo (235 x 165 mm.), orig. wrappers, modern stitching
[Copied by "Ijima" in "1847"]. A manuscript copy of Ise's well-known Hoketsuki, first published in 1764. This was the first important book on origata, the foundation of what we today know as origami. Japanese society has always emphasized formality and good manners - for example, offerings to the gods were placed on formally folded paper, and festive objects were wrapped in paper in an established, formal manner. These practices, which we can assume began in ancient times, were later reflected in the formal manners and sense of decorum of the martial society of the Muromachi period (14th to 16th centuries). It was around this time that the custom of wrapping gifts beautifully in paper developed. The custom of formal decorative paper folding, called origata, is the foundation stone in the development of origami. Origata was widely practiced by samurai families which kept their wrapping techniques secret. Manuscripts were privately made to disseminate the methods of origata. Ise, head of the Ise family which advised the Shogunate government in Edo on matters of etiquette, was the first to publicly reveal the folding methods. Nevertheless, the tradition of making manuscripts on origata continued well into the 19th century. Our manuscript consists of two parts. The first part is concerned with wrapping and the second with tying. The numerous illustrations depict all the folding and tying techniques which Ise developed. They are very finely drawn and very clear. We will note that the 1764 edition of Ise's Hoketsuki is a very rare and valuable book. Fine condition.
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