Kokkei Zuan, A Collection of Humorous Designs by Sekka Kamisaka,
the author of "Kairo". Kyoto, Yamada Unsodo, Meiji 36 (1903).

Lvs (16) folded in the Japanese manner. With 46 coloured woodblock-printed comical patterns in 31 full page plates. With descriptive text in Japanese. Size: 25.3 x 17.8 cm. Original printed paper boards, with titles in Japanese and English on covers, with some light wear.

First edition of this rare album comprising a collection of humorous colourful designs by Kamisaka Sekka, who is considered the father of Japanese modern design. Sekka became famous for his courageous and visually dynamic designs. In 1901 he was sent to Europe as part of Japan's "modernisation scheme" and as a result he became heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau style. Many of his works display a fusion of traditional Japanese and contemporary Western design concepts. A striking and unusual album which is rare to find complete as it is often broken up to be sold plate-by-plate.
Price: EURO 5,800.-

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