Masterpieces of Motonobu
Shiichi Tajima
Published by Shimbi Shoin, 1904


Tajima, Shiichi (editor):
Masterpieces of Motonobu With Critical Descriptions and A Biographical Sketch of the Artist, Tokyo (52 Nichomachi, Shitaya-Ku), 1904, Shimbi Shoin, 2 Volumes, large Folio (16 1/2 x 12 1/4 in - 42.5 x 31 cm), silk covers with beveled edges tied with blue string, front cover illustrated and with gilt lettering, all edges with gilt (top, side & bottom), Shimbi Shoin edition number and signature indicating the number of the book in a printing of 2,000, one hundred (100) high quality full page black and white collotype plates. The first volume contains (all in English) an "Editorial Notice" (1 page), "Biographical Sketch of Motonobu Kano" (3 pages) and listing of plates followed by 51 plates. The second volume has the listing of plates followed by 49 plates. The plates are sequenced "in no particular order" (per the "Editorial Notice") but appear to be organized in units based upon the source/collection of the original work of art. Each grouping is preceded by a tissue guard with descriptive information on the plates that follow. The plates are printed on one side only of thick high quality paper and the collotype images are of excellent quality.


Plates with Examples of Illustrations
(All Black & White Collotype Images)

List of Plates

Volume 1
Plates 1-2 Four White-haired Men and Seven Wise Men 3-14 Flowers and Birds Near a Waterfall 15-22 The Four Accomplishments 23-25 Landscape and Wild Geese 26-33 Ramblers Among Hills 34-41 Moon-light Landscape 42-43 Wild Geese and Crows 44-51 Snow Scenes
Volume 2
Plates 52-55 The Famous Eight Scenes of Hsiao and Hsiang 56-63 Landscapes 64-65 Waterfalls: Rapids and Whirlpool 66 Landscape 67 Landscape and Lake Pavilion 68 Landscape and Figures 69-71 Sakyamuni: Small Birds 72 Sakyamuni, Dharma, Lin-chi 73 Dharma Grossing the River 74 Putai (Hotei) 75 The High-Priest P'u-hua 76-78 Landscape: Birds and Flowers 79-88 Panoramic Account of the Destruction of Shuden Doji 89-96 Panoramic History of the Image of Sakyamuni installed in the Temple Seiryoji 97-98 The Four Accomplishments 99-100 Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons


Close-up of Printing

Dating the book. The Full Title Page Bears the Date MCMIV (1904)

Colophon (Rear of Book) - Same in Both Volumes

Click on Image for Complete Title Page

The two rows of charcters at the far right indicate the following (going from the right row to the left).

  • Meiji 37 (1904), June 20, Printed
  • Meiji 37 (1904), June 25, Distributed

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