Tokyo: Shimbi Shoin, 1903-1904. First edition. Hardcover. Original folding portfolio in heavy raw silk lined with soft blue gold flaked rice paper and with title label in black and red lettering pasted on. Two ivory toggles on cords and receptacles on the opposing side. Each portfolio contains an original decorated fabric binding with Japanese style waves and gold and red lettering on front cover. Two decorative purple ties on front joint. All edges gilt. Decorative endpapers. Each volume signed by the publisher, a limited edition of 1000 copies, these volumes numbered 530 and 517 respectively. About 20 pages of preliminary text in volume I along with a short biography of Korin Ogata. 61 numbered plates in the two volumes containing woodcuts and collotype reproductions of numerous masterpieces of traditional Japanese painting. This includes a reproductions of a twelve-panel iris screens in stunning color (plates 49 and 50) (the original is in the Nezu Museum). Minor age-wear on portfolios with closed tears along front joints and minor soiling on covers. Portfolios in overall good+, bindings and interior in very good condition. g. Item #27693
* The Rinpa (琳派 Rinpa) also known as the "Korin school", is one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting, founded in the 17th century Kyoto by Hon'ami Kōetsu (1558–1637) and Tawaraya Sōtatsu (d. c.1643). Roughly fifty years later, the style was consolidated by brothers Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) and Ogata Kenzan (1663–1743). The word Rinpa comes from a combination of the last letters of the name "Korin" and the Japanese word for school (派 ha).