The Various Birds: Fifty-six Varieties. The Color of the Bird, Shape of the Body The Various Birds: Fifty-six Varieties. The Color of the Bird, Shape of the Body The Various Birds: Fifty-six Varieties. The Color of the Bird, Shape of the Body The Various Birds: Fifty-six Varieties. The Color of the Bird, Shape of the Body

The Various Birds: Fifty-six Varieties. The Color of the Bird, Shape of the Body

Published by c. mid-nineteenth century), (Japan
From Bromer Booksellers, Inc., ABAA (Boston, MA, U.S.A.)

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Small quarto. (27)ff. A handmade book of delicate Japanese brush paintings of common birds, ranging from sparrows and songbirds to ducks and other fowl. The paintings are executed in a style similar to sumi-e. They are predominantly monochromatic with subtle gradations of black ink, accented with washes of brown, yellow, and red. The illustrations stand alone on most of the pages, but a few, including one of a majestic pheasant, are accompanied by descriptions in Japanese. Each page is comprised of a double sheet measuring 10 3/16 by 14 1/4 inches, and most of the paintings stretch across the page spread. The only clue to the painter's identity is a note in Japanese on the front wrapper, which explains that the illustrations were "painted by the next-door neighbor -- during the weekdays." The note also indicates that the book was owned by Goshodo, a bookseller. It seems likely that the paintings were given as a neighborly gift and made into a book. Some light wear and soiling to covers, faint soiling to a few pages, else a very fine collection of paintings. Bookseller Inventory # 23000

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Title: The Various Birds: Fifty-six Varieties. The ...

Publisher: c. mid-nineteenth century), (Japan

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Owned and operated by Anne and David Bromer, who have been in the business of fine books for nearly half a century, Bromer Booksellers specializes in rare and beautiful books. We carry a diverse selection of highlights in literature, illustrated books, finely printed books, and special artistic bindings, and we are noted for our fine selection of miniature books. We invite you to search or browse our entire inventory here, or please contact us directly if you wish to consult with our staff to find the perfect rare book for you.

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All books are guaranteed as described and may be returned, with prior notice, within ten days. All bills are payable within thirty days from the date of the invoice. Shipping and insurance are additional. Overseas shipments will be sent by air mail unless otherwise instructed. Bromer Booksellers, Inc. 607 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116 Email: books@bromer.com Phone: 617-247-2818 Fax: 617-247-2975 Authorized representative: Philip C. Salmon


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