(京都) Kyoto: The Society for Publication of Wall Paintings in the Kondo Horyuji Monastery/(便利堂頒布) Benrido Publication Company, 1951. Ex-Library First edition. Hardcover. Atlas Folio (24 1/2 x 18 3/4"). Preliminary softcover text volume: 24pp. (11 in English, 12 in Japanese + 1 photo-illustrated page). Text volume bound with aqua marine string ties. Plates: 1 photo-illustrated tite plate, + 4 double-sided plates (3 preface, 1 index of plates), 36 plates of images + 1final colophon plate in Japanese and English. Original three quarter gray cloth over decorative green cloth portfolio with brown string ties and color image pasted to cover; orange lettering on cover, gilt lettering on spine; housed in a brown cardboard box with black lettering on cover and paper label at bottom panel. Photo-illustrated title page printed in brown and gray. Covers of pamphlet (19 1/2 x 14 1/2") with decorative ruling and black lettering on covers. The text of the pamphlet in English and Japanese.
The wall paintings in the Kondo (Main Hall) of the Horyuji Monastery are masterpieces of the few ancient paintings existing in the history of Japanese art. They are important for the study of ancient murals in the East. They reveal close interrelations with those of India, Central Asia and China, and rank highest among those in artistic value. Illustrated with b/w infrared photographs and 26 spectacular, tipped-in color reproductions of the 12 wall paintings. A special plate illustrates the details of 7 wall paintings reproduced in the portfolio with the position of the respective detail marked by a red line with the corresponding plate number. Laid in a typed letter of thanks by Takashi Hashimoto, President of the Japanese University, accompanied by an extensive printed list of Japanese Universities and Junior Colleges taking part in the exhibition.
Text in English and Japanese. Box panels broken at corners. Left portfolio panel with minor scuffing on inside. Plates uncut with minor wear and age toning. Box in overall good, portfolio in very good, pamphlet in near fine, and plates in very good+ condition. g to near fine. Item #41266