Titre : Figure-Prints of Japan.
Éditeur : 1948
Date d'édition : 1948
Sydney: Privately printed by The Beacon Press, (1948). Folio, bound in original quarter vellum with Japanese silk wove boards. Gilt title to upper cover and spine. Raised spine bands. (56pp.). With 42 beautifully coloured, tipped-in woodblock plates, many of which are full-page; and illustrated endpapers. One of 40 Standard De Luxe copies, this being no. 19, fully signed "P. Neville Barnett". Printed on Whatman's heavy weight paper. Some slight foxing and offsetting, otherwise fine and complete. Extremely rare. Figure-Prints of Japan was originally intended as the last volume in a trilogy of limited edition books by Percy Neville Barnett treating the art of Japanese woodblock printing. New Zealand-born Barnett (1881-1953) was a long-time employee of the Bank of New South Wales, as well as a notable book collector, bookplate authority, and author/publisher of fine editions, on bookplates and Japanese woodblock prints, his two great passions. Preceded by Japanese Colour-Prints (1936) and Colour-Prints of Hiroshige (1937), the publication of the present volume, completing the trilogy, was interrupted by World War II, and was thus redesigned to "assume the aspect of a separate volume rather than try to take its previously assigned place as a unit of a trilogy, in which it might now rarely be incorporated." (p. 19) As with its predecessors, Figure-Prints was designed to entice "lovers of the beautiful" as yet unacquainted with the Japanese art, and is written with Barnett's characteristic infectious enthusiasm. Generously illustrated with genuine Japanese colour prints, each personally selected by Barnett and delicately tipped-in by hand, Figure-Prints truly is an example of the "Book Beautiful" (p. 19), as was his intention. The artists include Toyokuni, Harunobu, Moromasa, Eishi, Utamaro, Shunsho, Kiyonaga, Sharaku, Haruji, Shinzan, Choki, and Choshin. N° de réf. du libraire 231085
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