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Heading: (Japan - color woodblock prints)
Author: Florian, Jean Pierre Claris de
Title: Fables Choisies: Illustrées par des Artistes Japonais [Kano Tomonobou, Kadjita Hanko, Koubota Tosui] Sous la Direction de P. Barbouteau, Tokio
Place Published: Paris
Publisher:Librairie Marpon & Flammarion
Date Published: [1896]

2 volumes bound in 1. Each volume with 16 (of 18) numbered leaves and 24 (of 28) color woodblock prints. (Oblong 4to) 24.5x34 cm (9¾x13¼"), each volume in wrappers with color woodblock illustrations on front wrap, bound with string and loosely bound together in illustrated cloth chemise with beveled edges, title stamped in gilt. Each volume one of 190 Deluxe copies printed on Japanese paper.

Scarce Deluxe volumes of these wonderfully illustrated tales. A total of 24 (of 28) fables rendered. While the source of the tales and the publisher are French, the book is a fine expression of Japonisme that swept the Western World in the late 19th century, and is very much in the style of a Kobunsha or Hasegawa publication of the same period.


Wear, rubbing, and soiling to outer cloth chemise with vertical split to cloth at spine, corners worn, binding string lacking at heel of spine; each volume lacking 2 numbered leaves and their accompanying plates (Vol. 1 lacking Nos. 5 and 12, Vol. 2 lacking Nos. 5 and 14), vertical creasing to title page and preliminary leaves of each volume, all plates very good, with general toning and some finger soiling.

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Florian's Fables Choisies w/24 color woodblock prints

Estimate $300 - $500Jun 28, 2018