Orimono shō-e ["Textile designs"]
[Japan, ca. late Meiji period (1900-10s)]. In manuscript.
An album of over 400 tipped-in textile designs by an unidentified artist. The designs feature flowers, plants, people, landscapes, animals, fans, butterflies, ships, and a variety of other objects. Several feature images of soldiers, probably influenced by the Sino-Japanese and/or Russo-Japanese Wars. The inscription on the album's upper wrapper reads "First Issue", but it is unclear if any other issues were produced. A fascinating collection of eye-catching designs, many very finely painted.
"First Issue". One thread-bound volume, presumed complete, on single leaves. Original wrappers worn and scraped, with ink inscriptions. Corners bumped. Occasional marks, annotations, light stains, and minor wormholes internally. [43 leaves]. 28.6 x 20 cm.