Tokyo, 1916. Two volumes, Tall 8vo, paper covers with geometric decoration and printed paper label. Rubbed but sound; some binding threads missing from first volume; one page with clean tear. Reprint of the original 1771 edition. A delightful book of trades of the artisan class in the Edo period with 28 double-page color woodcut illustrations of craftsmen, each with an identifying description and commentary. Included are a mirror-polisher, papermaker, mounter of Kakemono, potter, weaver, swordsmith, etch. Some of the workers are accompanied by cats, small children goldfish or other features of their work lives. Hillier, Art of the Japanese Book (the original edition). Wrappers. Near Fine. Illus. by Tachibana Minko. Tall 8vo. (Inventory #: 004485)
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