(Kyoto?): 桝屋半兵衛 (Masuya Hanbei) Kimono Shop, ca. 19th century. Softcover. Oblong small octavos. 9x7". Total of 36 leaves in two vols. Original stiff beige wrappers with blind-stamped circular, geometric and floral motifs. Purple-string-tied binding, with black calligraphy on the front covers. Gilt-speckled endpapers. The works are two beautifully produced kimono color sample books from the shop of Masuya Hanbei, mounted on handmade textured Washi paper. The catalogs contain a total of 200 samples (100 each) of colors for informal Kimonos, ranging from bright to muted tones.
One of the books is labeled 新印 (Shinin; meaning new colors) and the other is labeled 栄印 (Sakaein; meaning popular colors). Interesting colors featured include 銭色 "coin color", 今紫 "trendy purple", とび色 auburn, 時色 "color of the Toki" (the Crested Ibis); a kind of salmon pink, 宮色 "Imperial color", 納戸色 "peacock blue", 桔梗色 "Bellflower color", and 利休色, a color inspired by the Japanese tea master Rikyu; a kind of greenish-gray. Each fabric sample is on hand-dyed silk, measures approximately 1 3/4x 2 1/4, is bordered by black paper, and is noted with catalog number and color name written in calligraphy over beautifully marbled paper labels. The producer's name is written in calligraphy on the back covers of each of the catalogs.
Wrappers with some creasing, abrasions and light stains to the covers, as well as some rubbing to extremities. Interiors with some light sporadic stains/smudges to the papers. A few sporadic minor wear or abrasions to the samples themselves, with most still clean an bright. Wrappers in in good, interiors in very good condition overall. Extremely scarce. g to vg. Item #43833