4628 - 4844 FINE ARTS - JAPANESE PRINTS, DRAWINGS and ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, ORIENTAL and TRIBAL ARTS
- Many lvs. w. (some) scattered wormholes and other small defects.
= The prints, which are mainly popular prints and (therefore) very rare, mainly show the majestic old pine tree at Takasago, which in Hokusai's days was already over 250 years old and a tourist attraction. In Japan pine trees are a symbol of long life and a popular subject of 'catchpenny' prints. A detailed list of the prints in this album is available on demand. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXXX.
= Interesting medical manuscript, with some annots. in German in pen and black ink. These annots. mostly refer to specific diseases, but occas. also state the German translation for an apparently unknown Japanese word, i.a. "Verlauf", "Chocolade", "Kaffee" but also occas. a personal name "Robert Koch" (in vol.II on p.(105)) and "Baelz Scheuhe[?]" (vol.II, p.(130)). At end of the 19th cent. the German doctor E.O.E. von Baelz (1849-1913) became one of the first doctors to lecture on medicine in Japan. His textbooks were popular and were frequently reprinted. Possibly the present work is a collection of lecture notes by a Japanese student.
- Vol. 4 w. a few sm. (closed) holes; all vols. trifle spotted. Wrappers rubbed/ sl. creased; vol. 4 sm. portion of upper outer corners nibbled/ worn away.
- Folded once (all leaves w. vertical fold in the middle).
= Numerous attractive drawings of i.a. fish, flowers, fruit, branches, birds and insects. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXXX.
- Portfolio lacks one bone clasp.
= I.a. a man playing the flute; a kingfisher on a branch and landscapes.
AND 3 other sketchbooks w. nature studies/ landscapes (incl. fan designs), dated Meiji 30 (1897), Bunkyu 2 (1862) and Meiji 33 (1900).
- Both sl. yellowed and sl. faded.
- Fine set.
= Contains translations from a number of different Western ophthalmological works. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXXX.
- Trifle soiled; small part of collector's stamp in lower left corner ("Collection BR"); small wormhole in right margin.
Idem. (Two actors in a river landscape). Col. woodcut ôban, signed Hasegawa Sadanobu ga, publisher Tenki (Tenmaya Kihei), ±1840.
- (Sl.) spotted/ soiled; small part of collector's stamp in lower left corner ("Collection BR"); two tiny wormholes.
- Both sl. browned. = Sang Keun Lee was a Korean artist.
- A few tears in the margins; sm. closed tear in lower part.
= A very large scroll. Perhaps the 8 Chinese Immortals. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXXXI.
- Sl. creased; chipped and stained at the beginning (brocade paper and silk part); partly new ribbon.
AND 2 other anonymous scrolls: one showing a nicely painted house and garden (a garden design?) with much detail (pen/ brush and ink and watercolour, on thin unbacked Japanese, ±30x125 cm. Possibly part of a formerly larger scroll? Wormholes in upper margin), the other w. preliminary drawings for 'fusuma' (interior sliding doors) w. landscapes (and door-handles indicated) (brush and black ink, grey wash and watercolour, on thin unbacked Japanese, ±30x420 cm. Frayed at the beginning).
= Depicts 'Mutamagawa' (Six Jade rivers), accompanied by classical 'waka' poetry.
AND 1 larger makimono.
- A few brown spots in right margin.
AND 1 other scroll by eight artists, i.a. SUZUKI HYAKUNIN, TANOMURA CHOKUNYU, KONO BAIREI and MORI KANSAI, (A basket filled with fruit) (tinted woodcut kakejiku, signed by all 8 artists, rolled on jikugi, in wooden box).
- Some creases and closed wormholes; silk frayed at edges; new ribbon.
= All pictures showing people, i.a. samurai warriors and oni.
AND 3 others, i.a. an earlier, anonymous makimono, possibly unfinished, showing humans and a monkey, on unbacked paper (±28x276 cm.).