A splendid collection of 50 delicate Japanese wood-block prints of butterflies and birds. First edition.



SETSUZAN, FURUYA (Ill.): Kodai Moyõ Chõcho (Ancient Designs: Butterflies and Birds).
Two volumes. Kyoto, Yamada Unsodo, Meiji 39 (1906). Lvs 25 + 25, double folded in the Japanese fashion. With fifty coloured wood-cut prints. Japanese colophon at end. Original decorated purple paper covers, lightly worn. Occasionally a few stains to text. First edition. A splendid collection of delicate wood-block prints of butterflies and birds. The images (several on each plate) are patterned in various designs made of beautiful "silky" colours, some highlighted with silver. Furuya Setsuzan was a renowned Meiji-period artist. Seems very uncommon, only one library copy found (Fashion Institute of Technology Library, N.Y.). Price: EUR 1,800.-

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