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Das Westzimmer: Hsi-hsiang Chi

Das Westzimmer: Hsi-hsiang Chi, Chinesische Farbholzschnitte von Min Ch_i-chi, 1640 = The Romance of the Western Chamber : Hsi-hsiang chi, Chinese Colour Woodcuts by Min Ch_i-chi, 1640

Dittrich, Edith [edited by] A first edition reproduction by the Museum of East-Asian Art, Cologne, of an album of Chinese coloured woodcuts published and almost certainly created by printer Min Ch`i-chi (Min Qiji) in 1640. The album was bought by a professor for the Museum`s collection in 1962, and is currently the only copy known. gThe album contains ingenious illustrations for one of the most famous Chinese short stories, Hsi-hsiang chi, the `Western Chamber`, which was later expanded to make one of the most popular Chinese theatre works. The series, datable by one of the leaves to the year 1640, is the earliest example of Chinese woodcuts in which the use of colors is not only linear but also in picturesque areas with fine shading.h The 21 loose full-colour plates are enclosed in the original portfolio together with with an 87 page explanatory book in German and English. The editor of the explanatory text, Edith Dittrich (1923-2000), was curator at the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne and published numerous texts on art and motifs from China, Japan, and Korea. A valuable record of a unique and beautiful album. 21 loose-leaf full colour-printed plates enclosed in original portfolio with one volume of explanatory text (87 p.) in original paper binding. Extremely light offsetting from the portfolio flaps to the upper wrapper of the explanatory text. Near fine to fine. No. 1 of the Monographien des Museums fur Ostasiatische Kunst series. 1 v. (87 p.) + 21 loose leaves of illustrations, complete. Text in German and English. Extra shipping charges may be applied due to size and weight of item.
Teisei Hokoku: Ehon Kanso Gundan

Teisei Hokoku: Ehon Kanso Gundan

Tamenaga, Shunsui [edited by] A complete twenty volume set of the Ming dynasty text `Xi Han Tong Su Yan Yi`, heavily illustrated by Hokusai and translated into Japanese. `Xi Han Tong Su Yan Yi` was a work about the Chu_Han Contention (206_202 BC), a bloody civil war that occurred in the aftermath of the collapse of the Qin dynasty. In this translation of the Chinese text Hokusai depicts the war in bloody battle scenes dynamic with movement along with landscapes, dragons, giant snakes, beautiful women, court rituals, and so on. Some scholars believe that, as Hokusai was in his eighties at the time of publication, some (or all) of the illustrations may have been painted by his daughter, Ei, a renowned artist in her own right. While the title of this work reads `Re-carved and Corrected edition` (`Teisei Hokoku`), this is actually the first edition with illustrations by Hokusai (an earlier work with the same title was published in 1787 with illustrations by Kitao Masayoshi). Complete in two parts, with ten volumes to each part. A rare complete set of this work on the most famous war in China`s history, illustrated by Japan`s most renowned artist. Original Japanese wrappers, very lightly worn, with original title slips. Slight scrape to text-block head of v.1-7. Occasional small marks and stains to text. Foxing to leaves 8 and 9 of volume 1, otherwise near fine. 20 v., complete. First part (in ten v.): 2, 9, 27, 26, 20, 21, 20, 19, 20, 22, 21, 21 leaves. Second part (in ten v.): 2, 5, 2, 16, 26, 28, 27, 27, 27, 25, 30, 24, 29 leaves. Text in Japanese. Extra shipping charges may be applied due to size and weight of item. First edition illustrated by Hokusai.