杭州 (Hangzhou): 西冷印社 (Xi Ling Yin She)/ Xiling Seal Art Society, 1917. Ex-library, first edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 11.5x7". Unpaginated. Dark blue cloth portfolio, with bone clasps, and a white paper label on the front cover with black lettering. Silver calligraphic lettering on the spine. The portfolio houses 4 softcover string-tied volumes in dark blue paper wrappers, with black lettering over white paper labels on the front covers. Softcovers with black lettering along the bottom edge of the book blocks. These are the first 4 parts (the first set) of a total of 8 volumes published, collecting samples of the world-class seals created by renowned Chinese calligrapher, artist and seal carver Zhao Zhiqian (also known as Zhao Huishu). The collection contains a total of 128 pages of seals, printed in red and black on rice paper.
Zhao's seal work has been noted by critics for its lack of sharply defined lines from knife carvings, and conversely his interest in the flow of ink on the seals, creating a smoother style, in more of an attempt to emulate the look and feel of calligraphy. The front of the first softcover volume contains b/w collotype reproductions of large-scale lithographic text by Zhao, and illustrated lithographic portrait of the artist. The first part contains prologue text by 葉銘 Yeh Ming and 丁仁 Ding Ren, two of the four founders of the Xiling Seal Art Society.
Portfolio with rubbing to extremities and along edges, as well as to to the paper label. Missing the bottom bone claps. Some smudging to covers. Interior with some light rubbing to hinges and some damp staining to the interior boards. Wrappers with some light rubbing, creasing, chipping and/or sunning to edge, corners, and paper label. Some of the string-tied bindings are slightly loose. Interiors of the softcover volumes with some light sporadic sunning, damp staining, foxing and/or smudges throughout. Images mostly unaffected. Volume 2 with part of the string missing. Library inks stamps along the top of the book blocks of all volumes Portfolio in good-, wrappers in good to good+, interiors in good- to very good condition overall. g- to vg. Item #43447
*Zhao Zhiqian (1829-1884) was an acclaimed Chinese calligrapher, painter and seal carver of the late Qing Dynasty period. His work had a huge influence on later famous artists such as Wu Changshuo and Qi Baishi.