Kosode: 16th-19th Century Textiles from the Nomura Collection, 1984, Fine w/DJ

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Kosode: 16th-19th Century Textiles from the Nomura Collection
Amanda Mayer Stinchecum, Monica Bethe, Margot Paul, and Naomi Noble Richard
Japan Society and Kodansha International
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Notes: A Fine book in a Fine dust jacket, 4to, 11 1/2" x 9 1/2." Black cloth-covered boards in a multicolored pictorial paper dust jacket. Gilt decoration on front cover and gilt lettering on book spine. Wrap-around color illustration on front and back panels and dust jacket spine. Black lettering on multicolored dust jacket spine. Covers pristine and intact, binding tight, sharp tips. Dust jacket has minuscule wear to extremities and light rubbing, else pristine and intact, not price-clipped. Dust jacket protected in a paper-backed mylar sleeve. Pages pristine and intact. Replete with color illustrations. 234 pp., including illustrations, Appendices, Footnotes, Glossary, Bibliography, and Index. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the Nomura Collection at the Japan Society's Japan House Gallery in New York. Nomura Shojiro (1879-1943) was a Japanese art merchant and textile collector. He specialized in collecting kosode, the subject of this book and the exhibition. The kosode was the direct predecessor of the kimono. Its origins can be traced back to the Heian period, when it was worn as an undergarment, but it did not become outerwear until the Kamakura period. The kosode reached peak popularity during the Momoyama period but became less popular during the late Edo period. The front flap describes the contents of this catalog: "Thirty-four kosode screens and eighteen whole kosode are illustrated in full color and accompanied by descriptive captions. The authoritative text includes an essay on the life and work of Nomura Shojiro; a history of the evolution of the kosode as the principal form of clothing in Japan since the 16th century and a major artistic medium of the period; and a study of color and dyes in Japanese textiles. Appendices offer research on the provenance of vcrtain robes; weave structures; the kosode cut and format; and a chart of major dye formulas and color symbolism." Authored by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum with essays by Monica Bethe and Margot Paul. Edited by Naomi Noble Richard and Margot Paul. Heavy and oversized items may require additional shipping.