"Fine Art of the Far East - Japanese Pictures"


Ty Bijutsu Taikwan


Masterpieces Selected from the
Fine Arts of the Far East, 8 Volume Set
Published by Shimbi Shoin, 1909
(Deluxe Edition)


Page 1 of 3 Pages - History (Text) Volume

Index for Set 1909040512
Fine Art of the Far East - Japanese Pictures, 8 Volume Set

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History (Text) Vol
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Vol I-IV
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Condition. The set is in very good condition. The individual books are clean and bright with occasional light foxing but only in the margins. All The folding case are clean but a couple have a clasp fastener missing. Overall a very attractive and well preserved set.  Set #1909040512


Omura, Seigai (Introductory Volume)
Tajima, Shiichi (Editor):
History of Japanese Pictorial Art With Explanatory Notes on and Critical Descriptions of Masterpieces Selected from the Fine Arts of the Far East (Ty Bijutsu Taikwan) (1 volume) and Masterpieces Selected from the Fine Art of the Far East (Ty Bijutsu Taikwan), (7 volumes), (Deluxe Edition, 8 volume set), The Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo (13 Shinsakana-cho, Kyobashi-ku), 1909, folio (19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in - 50 x 34 cm), 1 history (text) volume (182 pages with numerous collotype and woodcut illustrations) and 7 volumes of art reproductions with 485 plates (145 are color woodblock prints and 340 are black and white collotypes), bound Japanese style, decorated cloth, purple silk threads, two edges gilt (top & bottom). Fifteen plates are folding (3 color woodblocks and 12 black and white collotypes). This Deluxe Edition contains more color plates than the regular edition and many of the color woodblock plates are executed on silk. It is not designated "Deluxe" on the title page and that is determined by the number of color woodblock plates and the fact that several are on silk.

These 8 volumes were part of a set of 16 volumes (8 volumes - Japanese paintings, 5 volumes - Chinese paintings and 3 volumes - sculptures). In a catalogue published before the publication of the set the Shimbi Shoin advertised the set (16 volumes) stating that it was limited to 500 sets in two grades. In the Shimbi Shion catalogue published ca 1908 the "Japanese series (Eight volumes or folios)" was priced at 37 (deluxe - ") and 31 (regular). In the catalogue the Shimbi Shoin company made the following comments:

The works which we propose reproducing cannot easily be seen by the public: those which belong to the Imperial Household and are quite inaccessible to people generally; and the same may be said of the Fine Art treasures belonging to Temples, Shrines, Private Collections in the Houses of Nobility. When all these circumstances are carefully considered, we are convinced that the public will think that this series is not unduly expensive.

In a 1922 catalogue the complete set was priced at 1,300 yen (deluxe) and 1,000 yen (regular) and the number. The limit of 500 sets was restated. The catalogue stated the ordinary edition (all 16 volumes) had 130 color plates all on ordinary paper and the deluxe edition with 200 color plates and where the original was printed on silk, it is reproduced on silk in the deluxe edition.

Summary of the Contents
the of 8 Volumes

  • History (text) Volume, 182 pp.

  • Volume I - Japanese Painting of the Oharida, Asuka, Nara & Heian Periods (Including Ocho, Fujiwara and Heike Days), plates 1-77.

  • Volume II - Japanese Paintings of the Kamakura, plates 78-135.

  • Volume III - Japanese Paintings Comprising Picture Rolls, Buddhistic Pictures, Portraits and Other Forms and the Paintings in Sung and Yuang Styles of the Ashikaga Period, plates 136-193.

  • Volume IV - Japanese Paintings Comprising Paintings of the Sesshu and Kano School of the Ashikawa Period, and of the Kaihoku, Unkoku, Hasegawa, and Various Other Minor Schools of the Toyotomi Period, plates 194-266.

  • Volume V - Japanese Paintings Comprising Paintings of the Kano, Kaihoku, Unkoku, Hasegawa, Soga, Tosa and Korin Schools of the Tokugawa Period, plates 267-338.

  • Volume VI - Japanese Paintings Japanese Paintings Comprising Paintings of the Ukiyoye, Maruyama, Shijo, Kishi and Other Independent Schools of the Tokugawa Period, plates 339-406.

  • Volume VII - Japanese Paintings Comprising Paintings of the Ming and Ch'ing Schools of the Tokugawa Period, plates 407-485.

Woodblock plates are tipped to very thick high quality paper plates that have die sunk (recessed) areas for the woodblock print. The collotype plates are printed directly on medium thick high quality paper. The folding collotype plates are on high quality thin pager. Each plate (or unit of plates when similar plates were grouped together by the editor) is protected by a tissue guard with text in English and Japanese which describes the art and artist and the source/location of the relic. Each volume comes with a protective decorative cloth folding slipcase with ivory clasps.

Omura, Seigai
Tanaka, Count Mitsuak (Minister of State Imperial Household) (Preface)
Tajima, Shiichi (Introduction):
History of Japanese Pictorial Art With Explanatory Notes on and Critical Descriptions of Masterpieces Selected from the Fine Arts of the Far East (Ty Bijutsu Taikwan) (1 volume) a companion volume to Masterpieces Selected from the Fine Art of the Far East (Ty Bijutsu Taikwan), (7 volumes), The Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo (13 Shinsakana-cho, Kyobashi-ku), 1909, folio (19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in - 50 x 34 cm), folio, bound Japanese style, decorated cloth, purple silk threads, two edges gilt (top & bottom), double fold thin paper pages, 182 pp. Illustrated with 24 black and white collotype text illustrations (several cover 1/4th of the page) and 31 black and white woodcut decorative images. The collotype plates relate directly to the art being discussed and illustrate it in more detail or show similar art. This history volume provides detailed information on the various schools and artists and detailed information on paintings reproducted in the seven plate volumes that complete the set. The author, Seigai Omura (1868-1927), was a noted Professor of Art at the Tokyo Fine Art School.

This set evolved from the the 20 volume set Selected Relics of Japanese Art which was published between 1898 and 1908. Tajima Shiichi notes that set was compiled heterogeneously as materials became available. He contrasts it to this set which is compliled in a chronological order.


Details of the History (Text) Volume

Preface (2 pages).

Introduction (3 pages).

  • Part One. Oharida Period. (plates 1-3)
    With Empress Suiko's Reign, 593 to 628, as its Middle Point.

  • Part Two. Asuka Period. (plates 4-8)
    From Emperor Jomei to Emperor Mommu's Reign, 629-707.

  • Part Three. Nara Period. (plates 9-13)
    From Empress Gemmyo to Emperor Konin, 708-781.

  • Part Four. Heian Period. (plates 14-77)
    From Emperor Kammu to Emperor Antoku, 782-1185.
    • Chapter I. Ocho Days. (plates 14-20)
    • Chapter II. Fujiwara Days. (plates 21-65)
    • Chapter III. Heike Days. (plates 66-77)

  • Part Four (actually Five). Kamakura Period. (plates 78-135)
    From Emperor Go-Toba to the Genko Era of Emperor Go-Daigo, 1186-1333.
    • Chapter I. Buddhistic Painting. (plates 78-135)
    • Chapter II. Picture Rolls (plates 103-124)
    • Chapter III. Portraiture and Paintings from Life. (plates 125-132)
    • Chapter IV. Paintings on Folding-Screens, Sliding Wall-Panels and Other Cognate Forms of Art. (plates 133-135)

  • Part Five. (actually Six) Ashikaga Period. (plates 136-238)
    From the Kembu Era of Emperor Go-Daigo to the Genki Era of Emperor Ogimachi, 1334-1572.
    • Chapter I. Piture Rolls. (plates 136-153)
    • Chapter II. Buddhistic Pictures; Portraits; and Other Forms. (plates 154-160)
    • Chapter III. Sung and Yuan Style of Paintings. (plates 161-193)
    • Chapter IV. Sesshu School. (plates 194-222)
    • Chapter V. Kano School. (plates 223-238)

  • Part Seven. Toyotomi Period. (plates 239-266)
    From the First Year of Tensho to the Seventh Year of Keicho, 1573 to 1602.
    • Chapter I. Kano School. (plates 239-246)
    • Chapter II. Kaihoku School. (plates 246-250)
    • Chapter III. Unkoku and Hasegawa Schools. (plates 251-263)
    • Chapter IV. Various Minor Schools. (plates 264-266)

  • Part Eight. Tokugawa Period. (plates 267-338)
    From the Eighth Year of keicho to the Third Year of Keio, 1603-1867.
    • Chapter I. Kano School. (plates 239-291)
    • Chapter II. Kaihoku, Unkoku, Hasegawa and Soga School. (plates 292-301)
    • Chapter III. Tosa School. (plates 302-309)
    • Chapter IV. Korin School. (plates 310-338)
    • Chapter V. Ukiyoye School. (plates 339-360)
    • Chapter VI. Maruyama School. (plates 340-374)
    • Chapter VII. Shijo School. (plates 375-393)
    • Chapter VIII. Kishi School. (plates 394-399)
    • Chapter VIII (repeated). Hara School. (no plates)
    • Chapter IX. Jakuchu, Gessen, and Sosen. (plates 400-406)
    • Chapter X. Ming and Ch'ing Schools. (plates 407-485)


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