Title: Kaishien Gaden, Gafu Taizen Shoshu, 1888
Artist: O gai, Wang Gai
A Japanese Meiji era edition of a set from the influential Chinese painting handbook Jieziyuan Huazhuan, also known as The Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual. This work is illustrated throughout with woodblock print illustrations, with various illustrations of plants, landscapes, figures, and furniture. There are illustrations on the majority of pages in volumes 2-4 excepting the title pages. A little over half of volume 1 is illustrated.
This set comes in its original slipcase, with faux bone fittings.
Four volumes in octavo, 59, 45, 39, 60 leaves
On note of condition, these volumes are in good shape, with wear and cracking to the binding, with parts of the covers splitting. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.