Masterpieces by Jakuchu
Tajima, Shiichi (editor):
Masterpieces by Jakuchu with Biographical Sketch of the Artist, Osaka, The Kwansai Photograph Company, 1904, folio (19 x 13 3/8 in - 48.5 x 34 cm), silk covers with beveled edges, tied with blue string, front cover illustrated and with gilt lettering, decorative silk covering on spine, all edges with gilt (top, side & bottom), decorated front and end papers, limitation statement indicates a printing of 2,000 copies, 30 plates (six color woodblock plates and 24 black and white collotype plates), 3 pages of text in English. High quality thick paper stock pages (only one side used) used on all plates. Color woodblock plates are tipped to the page. The collotype plates are printed directly on the page. This volume is devoted to the work Jakuchu Ito. It contains 30 kakemono of flowers and birds which are considered by the editor to be the finest of his work. The plates are consistent in size, all with image areas of approximately 15 x 8 1/4 in - 38 x 19 cm.
Issued with a straw textured folding case.
Wenckstern calls the book Masterpieces of the Jakuchu School (1773-1800) and states:
...one volume of 33 plates, 1904. (Ordinary edition, 2000 numbered copies, 20 yen.) Jakuchu Ito was the best realistic Japanese painter of animals and plants. Ito [and not Jakuchu] is his family name [born 1716], although Jakuchu only is mentioned on the title page.
Wenckstern was incorrect regarding the number of plates. There are 30 plates rather than 33.
The Tokyo Tsukiji Type Foundry was associated with the printing of this book although the role of that firm in producing the work is unclear to me.
The editor, Shiichi Tajima, was also the editor of Selected Relics of Japanese Art, a 20 volume set published between 1899 and 1908. These set was very similar in composition to this book. It featured prominent Japanese art reproduced in collotype and woodblock. During the period of 1902-7, the The Kwansai Photograph Company produced the collotype plates used in that set.
Text Pages (3 pp) + Table of Contents
List of Plates
Listing of Plates (Pics of all 6 color plates & some of the black and white plates) 1 Plum-blossoms and Japanese Bush-warblers 2 Plum-blossoms and the Moon 3 Plum-blossoms and Cranes 4 Peach-blossoms and Fowls 5 Roses and Fowls 6 Peonies and Butterflies 7 Pine-tree and Hbuo 8 Pine-tree and Parrots 9 A White Peacock under a Pine-tree 10 A Cock and a Hen under a Pine-tree 11 Peonies and Fowls 12 Willow Tree and Mandarin Ducks in the Snow 13 Chamaecyparis obtusa and Golden Pheasants in the Snow 14 Wild Duck and Reeds in the Snow 15 Hydrangeas and Fowls 16 Sun-flowers and Cock 17 Italian Millet and Tree Sparrows 18 Chrysanthemums beside a Stream 19 Maple-tree and Fowls 20 Nandiana domestica and Cock 21 Lotus-flowers and Plecoglossus altivelis 22 Gourd-flowers and Insects 23 Hibiscus fmitabillis and Fowls 24 Trachycarpus Fortunets and Cocks 25 Fowls: a pair 26 Cocks and Hens 27 Shell-fish 28 Fishes 29 Fishes 30 Tame Goose and Reeds 30 plates total 6 color wood-cuts (noted above in bold)
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