Sesshu's Long Scroll: A Zen Landscape Journey, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1959, Fine

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Sesshu's Long Scroll: A Zen Landscape Journey
Charles E. Tuttle Company
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Notes: Fine, First Edition, First Printing, 5 1/2" x 4 1/4." Brown wood boards with leaves of paper that are tipped in between the boards and folded accordion-style. Protected in a clear plastic sleeve. Original black and red paper band on front board with title and book summary. Additional black and red text also printed directly on front board. Boards clean and intact except for a scant amount of rubbing and edge wear. Pages have slight age toning, else pristine and intact. Pages comprise leaves of paper that are adhered together to appear like one leaf. Leaves are folded into 38 panels which depict Sesshu's acclaimed artwork as one black-and-white illustration. The illustration spans almost the entire length of this book. Accompanying text in the bottom margin describes the content of the painting as viewers progress through the scroll. 38 pp. (38 panels), including one illustration. Sesshu Toyo (1420-1506) was a Japanese artist, poet, entrepreneur, landscape gardener, and master of ink and wash painting during the Muromachi period. He was born into the samurai Oda family and eventually became a Rinzai Zen Buddhist priest. Sesshu studied painting under another master painter, Tensho Shubun, and was also inspired by Chinese landscape paintings of the Song Dynasty. Sesshu is best-known for his artwork called the _Long Landscape Scroll_, which he completed in 1486 at the age of 67. _Long Landscape Scroll_ is depicted here in this unique book which simulates the scroll effect with its accordion folds. Excerpt from front paper band: "... Sesshu found inspiration for his wonderful landscapes in China and Japan. This magnificent scroll, which pictures the procession of the seasons, is essentially a religious painting with a strong atmosphere of Zen Buddhism. Nature, rather than man, is dominant, although the human touch is charmingly evident from time to time."

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