Rekisei joso ko [trans.: Study of Women's Wear through the Ages].
by SANTO, Kyozan.
Numerous illus. in the text, some full-page. 30; 33; 33; 35 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. decorated wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Shintaido, 1847. First edition of this well-known historical review of Japanese women's wear. Santo (1769 or 1770-1858), was a famous popular novelist who also used the name Momoki Iwase. This well-illustrated book, written in a very lively style and presented in a series of essays, is concerned with the grooming of Japanese women. Each volume is devoted to a season. Santo, citing a number of earlier works of Japanese fashion, describes the origins and varieties of mirrors, many of which are quite elaborate; combs; hair ornaments; highly decorative hairstyles; tiaras and other headwear; ornamental pins in the Japanese and Chinese styles; how and when to shave the face and who should do it; how to refine the hairline and eyebrows; kimonos and other clothing; hairstyles for different occasions; etc. Fine set. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5337)
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