(東京) Tokyo: Toho Shoin (東方書院), 1932. Ex-library, first edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 10pp. 13pp. (135 plates) 26pp. (5). Dark blue thick linen boards, with gilt lettering on the spine. Decorative red endpapers. Illustrated title page and half-title. Table of contents at the front. The publication is vol.4 of the series dealing with the history of Japanese sculpture. This volume is the first part of two separate volumes, dealing with Buddhist sculpture during the famous Heian period (794-1185) of Japanese history. The publication contains a large section in the middle comprised of 135 plates of photographic reproductions, containing a total of 184 b/w images. The first plate is an original silver gelatin photograph tipped in on black paper. Plate 2 is a color reproduction in offset. The next eleven plates are reproductions in high quality photogravure, some of which are larger fold-outs. Each of these initial 13 plates have a corresponding page preceding them, describing the contents of the image, printed on lighter weight tissue paper. The following large section of plates contains offset reproductions on glossy paper. Vols. 1,3,6,8-10 in the series were never published. Text in Japanese.
Binding with sunning to the spine and along the top edge of the front and back covers. Library bookplate at the interior back cover. Some minor closed tears and/or creasing to the left edges of a few pages. The silver gelatin print is loosening. Light creases along the bottom edge of plate 11. Starting at p.24 of the final section. Book block tight. Binding and interior in very good- condition overall. vg-. Item #41239