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TEXTILE DESIGN / CHINTZ JAPANESE BOOK DESIGN: 世界更紗 [Sekai Sarasa / Chintz Design in the World]


A pair of books with 27 handsome colour woodcuts, showcasing various patterns of chintz, wood block printed or painted glazed calico textile panels, made by a Japanese artist Ryuko Goto and published in Kyoto in 1903.

2 volumes (complete), large 4°, reverse collation, original illustrated wrappers, originally bound with brown strings. Vol. 1: Guard, title, 14 colour woodcuts on double leaves, printed recto only. Vol 2:Guard, 13 colour woodcuts on double leaves, printed recto only, imprint (old Italian school libraries on the covers and front transparent guards, old paper library labels on spines, minor wars to the corners, otherwise in a good condition).



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後藤龍光 Ryuko Goto.

Kyoto: 本田雲錦堂 [Honda Unkindo] Meji 36 [1903].


In the second half of the 19th century Japan started opening to the West, which by the turn of the century embraced Japanese esthetics and techniques of textile and wallpaper decoration.

The publications contain stamps of Italian institutions Consorzio per l’insegnamento professionale nella Città e Provincia di Milano (Consortium for professional teaching in the City and Province of Milan) and Consorzio per l’istruzione tecnica (Consortium for Technical Education). These were institutions founded by a Fascist government in 1929 in each province, to secure sufficient and equal professional and technical education in all Italy. The consortia were recognized 1935 and in active until 1977, when they were dissolved and deaccessioned.

Worldcat lists three institutional examples (Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives, National Diet Library (Tokyo), Stanford University Libraries).

References: OCLC 894707662.