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Manuscript on paper, 57 double-page folding leaves, with 95 mounted paper samples (ranging from 75 x 65 mm. to 213 x 225mm. in size) in many colors (but predominately red, blue, brown, & green) of leather designs. 4to (285 x 251 mm.), orig. limp boards, manuscript title label on upper cover "Onko sen'i" [trans. (more or less): "Respecting History"]
N.p.: dated "1795" in the preface & on last leaf. Japan has always had a rich tradition of decorative leather work, employing the skins of deer, cows, monkeys, and horses. Our text was written by Nagatoshi Konda [Haruta] (1753-1800), and there are, apparently, several manuscripts surviving today. The text gives a history of each style of stenciled leather, the techniques of tanning, dyeing, and decorating the leathers, and their uses for the trimming on military costumes, decorative clothing, and leather accessories (arrow quivers, gloves, shoes, saddles, jackets, religious decorations for temples, etc.). Throughout the text, there are references to the classic chronicles of Japan, explaining how the patterns are based on historical incidents. Many of the patterns depicted had been used on uniforms worn by samurai in famous battles. The hand-drawn samples depict what seems to be an infinite variety of patterns, each of which is named. The text explains the meanings of the decoration, Minor worming, occasionally touching a sample or the text but nothing off-putting. There was a 1937 facsimile of another manuscript of this text published in Tokyo.
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
Last Found On: 2017-06-14           Check availability:      Biblio    

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