Catalogue of Illustrations in Japanese Architectural History (Nippon Kenchikushi Zuroku); Asuka, Nara, and Heian
Kyoto: Hoshino Publishing, 1933. First edition. Hardcover. 332p, ca. 300 black-and-white photos + 2 color plates of decorative patterns. Slightly shaken, first gathering detached, guardsheets over color plates torn, pencil scribbling on endpapers and in some margins, ink stamp of former owner. Covers rubbed. No jacket, if issued. Fair to good. Item #31139
Photographic survey of Japanese buildings and monuments of the 6th through 12th centuries, with a focus on wooden construction. Also screens, tile work, stone monuments, and other structures. The author was a professor of architecture at the University of Kyoto. He writes that he had always wanted to include as many illustrations as possible in his books, without success. When Hoshino Publishing approached him about publishing a collection of photographs, he jumped at the chance. He prepared five more volumes under the same overall title, treating the later periods. The text is chiefly captions, all in Japanese. As is; priced accordingly.