"Fine Arts of the Far East - Chinese Paintings"


Masterpieces Selected from the
Fine Arts of the Far East
, Volumes X-XII
Chinese Paintings, Volumes 3-5
Published by Shimbi Shoin, 1918

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Book Set 1910100235

Index for Fine Arts of the Far East - Chinese Paintings, 5 Volume Set
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Table of Contents Covers and Cases Statistics

Condition. The books and folding cases are in Very Good condition. The bindings are solid and covers free of faults. Internally, the books have light to moderate foxing in the margins of the plates and on some text pages. The first two volumes (Volumes VIII-IX) have very little foxing. The last three volumes (Volumes X-XII) have moderate foxing. The foxing on plates is confined almost entirely to the margins and backs. All folded text pages are sound and uncut/unbroken at the fold. The folding cases are sound with only light wear along the folds. The books have been carefully reviewed against the listings of plates for completeness. One plate (#158 - "Snowcapped peaks in a blast" - Volume X) is missing. I believe this was a black and white collotype plate. There is no evidence that it was removed and the absence appears to have been an error in the compilation/binding process. All other plates are present. The five volumes contain 306 plates (57 color woodblocks prints and 249 black and white collotypes).


Tajima Shiichi (Editor, Volumes VIII & IX)
Kubota, Kanroku (Editor, Volumes X - XII
Omura Seigai (Original Text):
Masterpieces Selected from the Fine Art of the Far East (Ty Bijutsu Taikwan), a 5 volume set, "Chinese Paintings, I-V," The Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo (13 Shinsakana-cho, Kyobashi-ku), 1909 (Volumes VIII & IX), 1918 (Second Edition, Volumes X-XII), folio (19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in - 50 x 34 cm), 5 volumes of art reproductions of Chinese art held in collections in Japan, 307 plates (57 are color woodblock prints and 250 are black and white collotypes), bound Japanese style, decorated cloth, purple silk threads, two edges gilt (top & bottom), 96 pages of text. Volumes X-XII are "Deluxe Edition" and contain more color plates than the regular edition and many of the color woodblock plates are executed on silk. They are, however, 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.

Summary of Plates (Color Woodblocks /Black & White Collotype).

These 5 volumes are 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.

The Shimbi Shoin advertised that this set (16 volumes) was limited to 500 sets in two grades. The ordinary edition (400 sets produced) with 130 color plates all on ordinary paper and the "edition de luxe" (100 sets produced) with 200 color plates and where the original was printed on silk, it is reproduced on silk in the deluxe edition. The deluxe edition is also characterized as having "rich brocade" covers. In a Shimbi Shion catalogue published ca 1910 the set was priced at 66 (deluxe) and 55 (regular). In a 1920 Shimbi Shoin catalogue the complete set was priced at 1,200 yen (deluxe) and 1,000 yen (regular). As of the 1920 catalogue the set is listed as 15 volumes ("or in folios"), not 16 volumes. In this catalogue the Japanese painting volumes were priced at 650 yen (deluxe) and at 525 yen (regular) and the Chinese paintings volumes were priced at 450 yen (deluxe) and 400 yen (regular). In the 1922 catalogue the complete set was priced at 1,300 yen (deluxe) and 1,000 yen (regular). The 1922 catalogue states the deluxe edition has 200 color plates and the regular edition has 130 color plates. My review of deluxe editions of volumes I-XII (Japanese and Chinese paintings) confirmed 202 color woodblock plates.


Summary of Volumes
Five Volumes of Chinese Paintings

  • Volume VIII (1910)- Chinese Paintings, Volume I, Comprising Productions of the Tang, the Five and the Sung Dynasties, plates 1-64, 28 pages of text.

  • Volume IX (1910) - Chinese Paintings, Volume II, Yuan Dynasty, plates 65-129, 8 pages of text.

  • Volume X (1918) - Chinese Paintings, Volume III, Comprising Productions of the Ming Dynasties, plates 130-193, 16 pages of text.

  • Volume XI (1918) - Chinese Paintings, Volume IV, Comprising Productions of the Ming and Ching Dynasties, plates 194-255, 22 pages of text.

  • Volume XII (1918) - Chinese Paintings, Volume V, Comprising Productions of the Ching Dynasties, plates 256-307, 22 pages of text.

Each volume has a full title page listing the volume number in the entire series of 16 volumes. This is followed by an illustrated title page giving the volume number in the "Chinese Pictures" set of 5 and stating the dynasties covered by the volume. Each volume has a single page "List of Plates" which gives, for each plate, the plate number, a general description (subject), the artist, the period (expressed in A.D. date), and the source. The text pages are printed on folded sheets of thin, high quality, paper. The 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. 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.


Details of Contents

Volume X
Plates 130-193

Chinese Paintings, Volume III
Comprising Productions fo the Ming Dynasties

Edited by Kanroku Kubota
Original Text by Seigai Omura

Title Page.

Short Title Page

Plates (Complete Listing of Plates, Volume X, click here).

130. A picture of a crane flying on the waves - Wen cheng, Shokoku-ji Temple, Kyoto 131. A picture of a crane hailing the moon - Wen cheng, Shokoku-ji Temple, Kyoto 132-3. A set of piture of flowers and birds - Pien-wenchin, Marques M. Hosokawa, Tokyo 134-5. Flowers and birds (two pictures out of a set of three) - Li-i-ho, Marques M. Hosokawa, Tokyo 136. Cormorants - Lin-liang, Marquis Tokugawa, Tokyo 137-9. Three pictures of flowers and birds - Lu-chi, Marques M. Hosokawa, Tokyo 140. A picture of snow covered musa basho and white cranes - Lu-chi, Marques M. Hosokawa, Tokyo 141-2. A set of pictures of white sea-gulls and ravens - Lu-chi, Marques M. Hosokawa, Tokyo 143. A flock of water-fowls by a stream - Wang-ch'ien, Mr. S. Ohara, Tokyo 144. A flock of water-fowls by a fall - Ch'en-tzuho, Tokaian, Kyoto 145. Wild geese and rushes - Wang-chao, Marquis Tokugawa, Tokyo 146. Sleeping sea-gulls - Wan-kuochen, Nanjenji Temple, Kyoto 147. Daffodils - Ch'en-chiayen, Mr. J. Asada, Nagasaki 148. Musa basho - Ko-shihhuang, Mr. M. Nakano, Owari 149-50. A set of pictures of landscape - Tai-chin, Cr. K. Kikuya, Nagoya 151-2. Two pictures of landscape (two out of a set of four) - Tai-chin, Count K. Tanaka, Tokyo 153. Playng chess in a grove of pine trees - Tai-chin, Mr. T. Dan, Tokyo 154-5. Pictures of landscape, (two out of a set of three) - Artist unknown, Marquis M. Hosokawa, Tokyo 156. Landscape - Chou-wenching, Mr. T. Yokoyama, Kanazawa 157. Farewell on a spring morn - Liu-chun, Viscount J. Matsudaira, Tokyo 158. Snowcapped peaks in a blast - Wang-e, Marquis T. Mayeda, Tokyo 159. Farewell of the priest Kakugen - Yeh-ch'uan, Myochiin, Kyoto 160. The northern ocean - Chou-chen, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 161. A retired cottage in a snowy valley - Chou-chen, Mr. S. Okamoto, Tokyo 162. A retired bower in a vale - Wu-wei, Viscount T. Aoyama, Tokyo 163. Old pine trees on a mountain by a stream - Wu-wei, Baron K. Takahashi, Tokyo 164. A fisherman - Chang-lu, Mr. M. Yemori, Tokyo 165. Landscape painted in blue - Tang-yen, Myoshinji, Kyoto 166-7. Company in a bower (the whole picture and also a part of it) - Ch-eu uing, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 168-9. Playing on a harp under a pine tree - Ch-eu ying, Imperial Museum of Tokyo 170-3. The pictures of chin-ku-yuan park and T'asliyuan park making a set - Ch-eu ying, Chion-in Kyoto 174. Crossing a mountain stream in autumn - Ch-eu ying, Baron K. Takahashi, Tokyo 175. Pulling a boat by means of ropes - Ch-eu ying, Mr. T. Nishimatsu, Osaka 176-7. A scroll painting of a landscape - Shin-tui, Mr. Kuwana, Kyoto 178. Chu-mai-ch'en with fagots on his back, reading a book - Shin-tui, Mr. N. Kataoka, Yamashiro 179. A picture of the ch'ien ch'ih-pei - Artist unknown, Myoshinji, Kyoto 180. A solitary fisherman on the bank of a cold stream - Chu-tuan, Manju-in, Kyoto 181. Bamboos by a stream - Chu-tuan, mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 182. Fishing in the moon light - Hsien-chin, Vicount T. Okubo, Tokyo 183. Naked trees on mountains, Li-shihta, Baron K. Iwasaki, Tokyo 184-5. A set of pictures of ladies in sport - Ho-lung, Viscount K. Akimoto, Tokyo 186. Wading a mountain stream - Ho-lung, Mr. A Mukai, Takamatsu 187. Boxers under a tree - Chao-chih, Mr. M. Kotooka, Sanuki 188. Avalokilisvara bodhisattva - Chen-hsien, Manpuku-ji, Yamashiro 189. Arhat - Chen-hsien 190-2. Playing a flute to the natural music a pine grove. A dialogue between a fisherman and a woodcutter (2 pictures) - Hsu-lin, Mr. R. Hara, Tokyo 193. A cock under a weeping willow - Hsu-lin, Mr. T. Okamoto, Tokyo
Colophon - Volume X

First Edition Printed: Meiji 45 (1912).6.15
First Edition Published: Meiji 45 (1912).6.20
Second Edition: Taisho 7 (1918).1.15


Volume XI
Plates 194-255

Chinese Paintings, Volume IV
Comprising Productions of the Ming and Ching Dynasties

Edited by Kanroku Kubota
Original Text by Seigai Omura

Title Page.

Short Title Page

Plates (Complete Listing of Plates, Volume XI, click here).

194. A hermitage in summer grove - Chang-Yu, Mr. S. Okamura, Tsushima, Owari 195-6. A solitary bower facing a stream - Shen-Ch'ou, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 197. Purification in a stream-side cottage - Shen-Ch'ou, Mr. Y. Shioda, Takamatsu, Sanuki 198. Scarlet flowers among thin woods - Shen-Ch'ou, Viscount T. Okubo 199. Country-seat among hills and brooks - Wen-Chengming, The Manjuin Temple, Yamashiro 200. Far-away temple above the autumn stream - Li-Ipai, The Manjuin Temple, Yamashiro 201. Viewing the plum blossoms - Lu-yuan, Mr. T. Yamamoto, Izumi 202. Clouded ravine and foaming fountion - Hsieh-Shih-Ch'en, Mr. S. Nakata, Toyama, Etchu 203-4. Endless landscape scroll (Two parts of it) - Hsieh-Shih-Ch'en, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 205. Withered trees bathed in the winter moon - Kuan-Ssu, Baron Iwasaki 206. Quiet reading in the above above a vale - By Hu-Tsungjen, Mr. K. Morita, Osuzuya, Owari 207. A pine grove and murmuring streams - Yu-Hsilien, Viscount O. Akimoto 208. A hermitage among woods in a glen - MiWanchung, Dr. M. Gejo, Tokyo 209. The spreading cloud and the foaming stream - Tung-Chich'ang, Mr. K. Nagai, Tokyo 210. Mountain ranges - Tung-Chich'ang, Mr. T. Nishimatsu, Osaka 211. A waterfall under pine-trees - Wu-shao, Mr. S. Ishizaka, Toyama, Etchu 212. Autumn scene at lake Tung-t'ing - Wang-Ssujen, Baron K. Iwasaki 213. Countless ridges and numerous spring - Chang-Juit'u, Baron K. Iwasaki 214. A thin tree on river banks - Chang-Juit'u, Count Tanaka 215. Waterfall of Mt Lu-shan - Chang-Juit'u, marquis A. Ikeda 216. Five officers - Fan Chingwen, Baron J. Sho 217. Waterfall under pine-trees - Li-Liufang, Mr. K. Yonezawa, Akashi, Harima 218. Summer mountain wrapped in clouds - Ch'en-Chiju, Mr. S. Takayasu, Tokyo 219. A mountain bower in autumnal rany - Li-yu, T. Kuwana, Kyoto 220. Sailing on a mountain stream - I-Yuanlu, Baron K. Iwasaki 221. Croaking cranes on an old pine-tree, Pien-Wenyu, Mr. G. Sogawa, Takamatsu, Sanuki 222. Evening retreat from wintry mountain - Yuan-Shangt'ung, Mr. G. Sogawa, Takamatsu, Sanuki 223. A solitary bower facing a water spring - Ku-Ch'ifang, Mr. G. Sogawa, Takamatsu, Sanuki 224. Going afishing to a mountain-river, Ch'eng-Maoyeh, Baron S. Go 225. Flowers and swallows - Ch'eng-Maoyeh, Dr. M. Gejo, Tokyo 226. A new year's day - Ch'eng-Maoyeh, Baron Iwasaki 227. Summer mountains before rain - Chang-Hung, The Kenninji Temple, Kyoto 228. A solitary bower among mountains and streams - Yang-Went'ung, Mr. E. Iwamoto, Osaka 229. Spending summer in a bower over water - Ko-Chengchi, Baron K. Iwasaki 230. A bower by autumnal stream - Ch'eng-Shaohsien, Mr. B. Ichida, Kyoto 231. A cavern in the blooming spring - Wang-Chienchang, Viscount T. Yamanouchi 232. Foaming spring and tall pines - Wang-Chienchang, Baron K. Iwasaki 233. Mountains, stream, and thin woods - Wang-Chienchang, mr. H. Miyabayashi 234. Frolic in paulownia woods - Wang-Chienchang, Mr. K. Kojima, Osaka 235. Reading in a mountain bower - Ch'en-Shaoying, Baron K. Iwasaki 236. A mountain bower in the early autumn - Ma-Ich'ing, Mr. K. Morita, Osuzuya, Owari 237. Autumn scene of a river-side village - Ming-ho, Mr. J. Kanayama, Etchu 238. Dawn after rain - Lan-Ying, Prince K. Sanjo 239. Lotus pond in summer - Lan-Ying, Mr. K. Morikawa, Owari 240. Composing a poem in the autumn scene - Lan-Ying, Mr. Hoshijima Fujito, Bitchu 241. Picnic to the mountains and fishing from a boat - Lan-Meng, Mr. T. Sugiyama, Nagasaki 242. Travelling in snow covered mountains - Su-I, Mr. Kuwana, Kyoto 243. Beautiful edifices and magnificient buildings - Yuan-Shueh, Baron K. Iwasaki 244. Spire in summer clouds - Wang-Shihmin, Baron K. Iwasaki 245. Listening to the current under a green-trees - Ch'i-Chaichia, Mr. G. Shibata, Omi 246. A solitary cottage by a mountain stream - Ch'i-Chaichia, Mr. K. Kosono, Nagasaki 247. A solitary hut on the pine grown bank of a revine - Ch'ou-Chihk'uei, Mr. Sumitomo, Osaka 248. A waterfall among tall pines - Yun-Hsiang, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 249-50. Seeing maple-trees - Chang-Feng, Mr. J. Kanayama, Etchu 251. Picnic to Mt Lu-shan - Tao-Chi, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 252. Gushing clouds from the valley shrouded by numerous pines - Fang-Taiyu, Mr. R. Hosoya, Akashi, Harima 253. Shade of trees in mountain temple - Chang-Hsiaots'eng, Mr. K. Asai, Nagoya 254. Poets in the forest - Chuang-Ch'iungsheng, mr. A. Mukai, Takamatsu, Sanuki 255. Flowers - Lin-Chi, Mr. R. Ichida, Kyoto
Colophon - Volume XI

First Edition Printed: Taisho, 1st Year (1912).12.2
First Edition Published: Taisho, 1st Year (1912).12.20
Second Edition: Taisho 7 (1918).1.15


Volume XII
Plates 256-307

Chinese Paintings, Volume V
Comprising Productions of the Ching Dynasties

Edited by Kanroku Kubota
Original Text by Seigai Omura

Title Page.

Short Title Page

Plates (Complete Listing of Plates, Volume XII, click here).

256. A solitary angler by pine-trees - Ku-Tashen, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 257. Landscape in rainy season - Ku-Paowen, Mr. S. Kodera, Kobe 258. An anchorite's abode by a stream - Ch'eng-Yun, Mr. J. Kanayama, Etchu 259. "Ch'ih--pi" - by Ch'a-Shipiao, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 260. Wintry forest - Kung-Hsien, Mr. T. Hara, Yokohama 261. A hermit admiring a distant waterfall from his mountain - Wang-Hui, Baron K. Sumitomo 262. A solitary bower under pine-trees - Wu-Li, Mr. B. Matsui, Toyohashi 263. Rugged heights with a solitary stream - Chang-ku, Mr. K. Nakano, Nanda, Owari 264. A small bridge over a summer stream - Chang-Sheng, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 265. A couple of landscape sketches - Kao-Shen, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 266. Hermitage commanding a deep revine - Tsou-Che, Mr. R. Hosoya, Akashi, Harima 267. Rapids shaded by pines and oaks - Chu-Hsien, Mr. S. Ishisaka, Etchu 268. Fishing in autumn - Lo-Mu, Baron Sugitani 269. A solitary bower by a mountain rivulet in autumn - Lu-Huangch'eng, Mr. A Mukai, Takamatsu, Sanuki 270. A hermitage among mountains and valleys - Ku-Yin, Mr. T. Okamoto, Tokyo 271. Forests and dales in clouds - Feng-Hsienchih, Mr. K. Hamaguchi, Ki-i 272. A mountain scene - Shen-Tsungchiang, Mr. N. Yamazoye, Kyoto 273. Landscape in spring - Lu-Wei, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 274. Improvising on a bridge - Kao-Chip'ei, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 275. Mountains and clear stream - Shih-P'u, Mr. K. Hashimoto, Onomichi, Bingo 276. A study among plum blossoms - Wu-Tan, Mr. M. Suzuki, Tokyo 277. Cultivating the soil in a soft rain - Huang-Pi, Mr. M. Suzuki, Tokyo 278. Autumnal mountain scene - Chang-Keng, Mr. I. Matsumoto, Osaka 279. A landscape - I. Hai, Mr. Nishimatsu, Kobe 280. Travelling along mountain paths in autumn - Lu-Hsueh, mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 281. Tall bamboos and far-away mountains - Hsi-Kang, Mr. J. Kanayama, Etchu 282. Hsieh family's summer-house - Shen-Tsungchien, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 283. Visiting the friend at the peach valley - Chang-Su, Mr. D. Suzuki, Takamatsu, Sanuki 284. Cataracts among mountains - Chiang-Talai, Mr. G. Shibata, Omi 285. Admiring a waterfall from a mountain bower - Huang-Chi, Viscount T. Yamanouchi 286. View at the shore - Hsu-Tan, Mr. H. Naito, Kurume 287. Cataracts in summer - Wang-T'ao, Mr. R. Hosoya, Akashi, Harima 288. Thin forest and small rivulet - Lin-Chun, Mr. M. Suzuki, Tokyo 289. A couple of Kakemonos:a village in the spring rain and two pines standing side by side - Kuo-Wan, Mr. K. Hashimoto, Onomichi, Bingo 290. Pine-trees by a stream - Li-Hsit'ai, Mr. S. Kodera, Kobe 291. Superb palaces - Huang-Shen, Mr. A. Okada, Tokyo 292. Juro, one of the seven gods of wealth - Huang-Shen, Mr. S. Kodera, Kobe 293. Chang-Ssukuang - Yu-Tsungli, Mr. K. Tako, Tsuwano, Iwami 294. White plums and rosy camellias - Sun-K'ohuang, Count M. Tanaka 295. Lotus flowers abreast the stone - Chu-Ta, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 296. Whithered trees and bamboos - Hsu-Yu, Baron K. Sumitomo 297. Two pigeons on a dry branch - Chao-Chipi, Mr. T. Oguri, Handa, Owari 298. Camellia sasanqua - Sun-Chang, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 299. A bamboo bush by a small rivulet - Chu-Sheng, Mr. K. Kawai, Higo 300. Bamboo bushes along the Wei-Ch'uan - Wan-Chifan, Mr. R. Kawano, Uto, Higo 301. Clustering orchids - T'ang-Mi, Baron N. Mayeda 302. Autumn flowers and a couple of birds - Yu-Yuan, Mr. T. Kuwana, Kyoto 303. A cat in an autumn garden - Shen-Ch'uan, Baron K. Iwasaki 304-5. Willow trees and wild geese - Shen-Ch'uan, Marquis M. Hosokawa 306. A monkey and a deer - Shen-Ch'uan, Mr. S. Kodera, Kobe 307. Lotus flowers - Chang-Ch'iuki, Mr. M. Suzuki, Tokyo
Colophon - Volume XII

First Edition Printed: Taisho 2 (1913).2.20
First Edition Published: Taisho 2 (1913).2.25
Second Edition: Taisho 7 (1918).1.15

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