(Museum Exhibits Illustrated - Vol. XV. Government General Museum of Tyosen. 1941)
by Jukuro Wakimoto
[Keijo] (Seoul): (Korea Satoshitoku Office Museum), 1941. First edition. Softcover. f to vg. Folio (12 1/2 x 9").  leaves (Text),  tissue-guarded leaves (Plates). Original string bound decorative wrappers, with black lettering to front cover. Although the first half of the 20th century in Korean history is marked by the grave and painful experience of the Japanese occupation between 1910 and 1945, this period also saw the Japanese carrying out the first modern archaeological excavations of ancient Korean sites (royal tombs, temples, ceramic kilns) and preservation of their artifacts. Inaugurated in 1915, the Government General Museum was intended to gather and exhibit some of the best material found during these activities. Published between 1929 and 1943, the Museum bulletin featured some of the best pieces exhibited within its wall. This 15th volume published in 1941 reproduces in b/w photographic reproductions twelve plates showing artifacts selected from the collections made during the fiscal year 1940 (bronze implements, vases, jars, Buddhist statues, etc..). Each photo-illustrated plate is facing its captioned tissue-guard made of rice paper. Spine partly missing, but covers still attached. Age-toning and sporadic tiny chipping along edges of wrappers. Text and captions in Japanese. Wrappers in overall fair, interior in very good condition.
(Inventory #: 41056)
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