Kyoto: Unsodo, 1917. Ex-library, first edition. Softcover. Folios. 14.25x9.5". Unpaginated leaves , , . Slipcase in brown leather over decorative white, brown and black paper-covered boards with floral motifs. Gilt lettering on a black leather label on the spine. Decorative black cloth wrappers with light brown string-tide bindings. Front covers with red lettering and black lettering over white labels. Maroon cloth at the top and bottom right corners along the edge of the book blocks. Decorative gilt-stamped floral designs on the front endpapers of vol.1, the rear endpapers of vol.2 and the front endpapers of vol.3. Beautiful large black letters in calligraphy at the front of the first volume. This 3 volume work contains a total of 70 single-sided French-fold leaves featuring no less than a total of 225 color woodblock prints of imported calico ("sarasa") fabric designs. These designs have their origins in India and China, and contain intricate floral, geometric, figurative and bird motifs. Edited by Kyoto-based Japanese sarasa master Seika Yamaga (1885-1981). Text in Japanese. Slipcase with light rubbing to extremities. Creasing along the top edge. Wrappers with scratches, smudges and light stains to the wrappers. Interiors with some light smudges, offsetting and/or foxing to the blank sides of some leaves. Images mostly unaffected. Some of the leaves are opening along their seam. Library bookplates at the back of the volumes. Slipcase in very good-, wrappers in good-, interiors in good+ condition overall. g- to vg-. Item #41247
* The name of Kenkichi Takimoto (滝本健吉), possibly the previous owner, in red on the front covers of the volumes.