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Japanese-American artist Chiura Obata, 3 pre-war

Lot 0300
Heading: -1940
Author: Obata, Chiura (illustrator)
Title: 3 Berkeley publications with illustrations by Chiura Obata
Place Published: Berkeley
Publisher:Various publishers
Date Published: 1937-40

Obata did illustration for magazines and newspapers, spent time in Japan designing his monumental Yosemite and other woodblock prints, and, in 1932, began teaching art at the University of California while he and his wife ran an art supply store and art studio in Berkeley. These publications were done before his wartime internment.

  • William Frederick Calkins. Hokusai, A Fable In Fact. (Ben Kennedy, Gillick Press, Berkeley, 1940) Original boards. 6.5 x 8.75", 16pp., deckle-edge paper. Obata's "sumi and hair pen" color illustrations on title-page and 8 text-pages;

  • Robin Lampson. The Mending of a Continent / Commemorating the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. (Archetype Press, Berkeley, 1937) Original stiff wrappers, 4pp. #441 of 500 copies, signed by Lampson. Front-cover illustration, "Bay Bridge from Yerba Buena" by Obata;

  • Haruko Obata. An Illustrated Handbook of Japanese Flower Arrangement (Obata Studio, Berkeley,1940) Original decorative wrappers. 15pp. Front cover and text illustrations by Obata


Overall very good.

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Japanese-American artist Chiura Obata, 3 pre-war

Estimate $300 - $500Jun 28, 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA