Shinpen ranma hinagata [trans.: New Designs for Transoms]
by OCHIAI, Norikuni
Numerous full-page & double-page woodcut illus. 30; 30 folding leaves. Two vols. Oblong 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (some worming very carefully repaired), orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Tokyo: 1852. First edition of this finely illustrated work on the design of transoms (ranma) situated above the fusuma, or sliding panels constituting walls, of a Japanese house. The ranma offered scope for decoration, the wood often being carved, or carved and pierced in highly decorative and complex patterns. Many kumiko lattice work designs are depicted. Unusually, this book was laid-out in the landscape format - that is, with the pages greater in width than height, the better to accommodate the shape of the ranma. For each transom design, Ochiai has provided a caption naming the design and the materials used (different woods, bamboo, etc.). At the end of Vol. II, there are six pages of motifs depicting traditional patterns, auspicious symbols (pine, bamboo, plum), symbols of longevity (cranes and turtles), origami cranes, etc. which could be incorporated in the design of transoms. Ochiai wrote a series of works on design, architecture, and carpentry. Very good set. (Inventory #: 6117)
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