Title Treasures of the Shosoin: The North Section - Japanese Antiquities, Two Volumes in Box
Binding Hardcover, Paperback, Box
Book Condition Near Fine
Publisher Tokyo Asahi Shimbun 1962
Seller ID 1334
Wada, Gun’ichi; Shosoin Office. Treasures of the Shosoin: The North Section. Tokyo: Asahi Shimbun Publishing Company/Imperial Household Agency, 1962, first edition. Comprised of two books in a clamshell case: tan cloth with gilt spine and cover titles (in Japanese), 30 by 39.5 cm, not paginated (125 tipped-in color plates with captions in Japanese and English, near fine with light pink smudges on the head and tail of the spine from rubbing against the red lining of the box; Sewn wraps, 29.5 by 39 cm, xxvi 56 pp., illus., in-depth details of all 125 plates, near fine with only faint signs of wear; Clamshell case, covered with a kind of fuzzy grey cloth, with paper spine and lid labels, and lined with red paper, minor rubbing and edge wear, with some small splits at the head and tail of the spine panel. Also included are two brochures in a large envelopew, one in Japanese and one in Japanese and English, that describe the Shosiin Repository where the artifacts featured in the set reside. A amazing collection of objects are represented, many of which were personal belongings of the Emperor Shomu (died 752 CE). Included are images of textiles, furniture, screens, scrolls, knives, flutes, lutes and other instruments, pottery, etc. We ship our books in boxes or cardboard wraps, never in bags. Bay Leaf Books (Member ABAA, ILAB, IOBA) is an open shop dedicated to offering fine books for discriminating readers. (case) First Edition.