SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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NORITANE, Ninagawa.
Kwan Ko Dzu Setsu. Notice Historique et Descriptive surles Arts et Industries Japonais..Art Ceramique..Poterie

Tokyo: H.Ahrens and Co. and Yokohama: C.Levy, 1876-78.
Peter Harris Collection.
Tokyo: H.Ahrens and Co. and Yokohama: C.Levy, 1876-78.

10 parts comprising Japanese text and illustrations 5 vols oblong 4to (270 x 390mm), each with printed explanatory booklet in French, 8vo. Japanese volumes with lithographic text and 89 hand coloured lithographic plates of pottery. Original wrappers, Japanese parts in blue and green papers with lithographic labels in Japanese and French, stitched, the French pamphlets in multi coloured wrappers titled on upper cover. The ten parts contained in the original blue cloth folder, titled on upper front, lacking one clasp. A fine set of this rare and important work on Japanese Ceramics complete with 89 plates. Only 2 copies have appeared at auction in the US in the last 33 years. The plates depict some very unusual and rare pieces which were sealed in the Treasury of the Todaiji temple. The Treasury was only open for view once or twice a century by Imperial Commission. Ninagawa was a member of one such commission. Ninagawa's work and scholarship of Chinese porcelains was continued in America by Edward Morse at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Morse spent time with Ninagawa on his visit to Japan in 1877-79, and acquired after Ninagawa's death (1882) his manuscript notes and annotated works for his own collection (now at the Peabody).