44 double-page & seven single-page woodcut illus. plus many illus. in the text. 35; 19; 27 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. dark blue wrappers (wrappers somewhat frayed & defective, upper cover of first vol. with some worming), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Preface dated 1735. [with]:AKISATO, Rito. Tsukiyama niwatsukuriden. Kohen [trans.: A Sequel to Creating Landscape Gardens]. 40 double-page & 27 single-page woodcut illus. plus many text illus. 36; 35; 37 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (wrappers a little worn), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Nagoya: Toshiro Katano, Preface dated 1818 [but probably 1828 or 1829]. First editions of two of the principal monographs on landscape architecture of Edo-period Japan; they are richly illustrated with more than 100 fine woodcut illustrations. The first three volumes were written by Kitamura (active 1735), with the fine series of woodcuts by Fujii Shigeyoshi in 1735. "In 1829, Akisato Rito (active 1780-1814), wrote another three parts...[The entire work] classified gardens by style and explains garden elements using famous gardens as examples. It describes how to design a garden, different garden styles, stones, waterfalls, ponds, built elements (bridge, stone lantern, basin), plants, hedges, and construction techniques, classifying them in 103 categories."-Goto & Naka, Japanese Gardens: Symbolism and Design, p. 113-(& see the long list of topics which show the comprehensive nature of these works). We have also included the 1828 or 1829 Nagoya revised edition of Kitamura's book. Also printed in three volumes, it has been revised by an unknown author (but probably Akisato) and is substantially longer and with somewhat different woodcuts than the 1735 original edition. Nice set and handsomely illustrated. The second volume of the first work has some worming towards end touching images and text. The final volume also has some worming touching text and image. We do not find the worming offensive. ❧ Thacker, The History of Gardens, p. 68-this work "illustrates styles and categories of garden arrangement which are still referred to in modern texts, though not always fully accepted. In particular, the categories of hill garden and flat garden are set out." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5389)
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