Examples of Oriental calligraphy and printing: collected and briefly described by Orientalia, Incorporated, 32 West 58th St., New York City.
by [Asian manuscripts.]
New York: [c. 1926]. Folio, 19 examples in a stiff paper portfolio, printed label on upper cover. Examples in original glassine wrappers, in fine original condition. A rare and important collection of Orientalia, and a virtually unrecorded leaf book. Contents: Leaf from an Arabic Manuscript, 14th century. Expounding Muhammadan doctrine. * Leaf from a Javanese rubricated manuscript, early 19th century. Giving the history of Rama. * Pair of printed leaves (one with illustration) from Du Halde's "Description Geographique, Historique...de la Chine et de la Tartarie Chinoise", 1736. * Manuscript leaf from a Persian Manuscript, about 1584. From the Poems of Nidhami. * Printed double leaf from a Chinese Buddhist work expounding the Sanskrit Scriptures, probably 18th century. * Printed leaf from a Japanese work on Buddhism containing, with illustration, 1675. * Printed Buddhist prayer sheet in Tibetan characters, 19th century. * Half an old Taliput manuscript leaf inscribed in Siamese characters. * Pair of printed leaves from a Japanese book, probably 18th century, apparently a popular edition of the Genji Monogatari. * Leaf of a Taliput manuscript in Tamil, probably 18th century. * Manuscript leaf in Chinese, copied by a Japanese priest named Joyen in 1834. From the Saddharmapundarika. * Printed leaf from a Chinese medical work of the 17th century. * Printed double leaf in Chinese characters, printed in Korea, probably 18th century. Buddhist scriptures as interpreted by the Syen sect. * Manuscript leaf in Japanese on secret Buddhist rites, 1571. * Printed leaf with a woodcut, from an old Japanese work on Buddhism. * Manuscript leaf in Siamese, early 19th century. * Printed leaf from 1648 edition of Caron's description of Japan and Siam, in Dutch. Together 19 leaves. (Inventory #: 107213)
Books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; children's books from 1750 to 1950; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin are special interests.
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