26 by 18 cm outer folder, which has an ink blot floral pattern on it. Within are three paper samples housed in two pockets, two being narrow envelopes, one yellow, the other, brown, and the third, hand-dyed letter-writing paper. Also a printed slip inserted bearing a three-paragraph statement by Shigemasu Higuchu calling Abe "a master of the folk-crafts ("Mingei") movement in paper-making of Japan". Abe was from a paper-making family in Izumo Province. He was the first papermaker to have been declared a National Living Treasure of Japan, eleven years after the issue of this set. We presume that none of the samples were actually used, as there are 10 each of the yellow and brown narrow envelopes and the off-white sheets are snugly fit into a paper band. The endpapers and pockets are themselves of a handsome speckled tan paper, and the whole production epitomizes the Japanese taste for the sublime and understated. Wear to the lower spine, with minor closed tearing along the joints in that area. The folder itself is also probably looser than it was originally. The contents are pristine. Paper pastedown on card, folder. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Mingei Letter Set
Publisher: F. M. Nonaka & Co., Inc.
Publication Date: 1957
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First edition
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