Title: Kire Mihon, Set of 5 Japanese Fabric Sample Books, 19th Century
Condition: Good to Poor
A substantial collection of Japanese fabric samples, bound in five books, all dating from the 19th century. These sample books collect samples from the Edo and Meiji periods, with a wide variety of different textiles and dye techniques, with colorful kimono fragments, brocade samples, other clothing samples, and much more. The sizes of these samples range from small fragments to samples that take up entire pages.
Each volume is specifically gendered, with volumes 1, 2, and 4 for men, and 3 and 5 for women.
There are fabric samples of varying shapes and size present, with 916, 616, 885, 873, and 674 samples to each sample book, making for a significant collection of 3964 samples.
Five fabric books in octavo, 50, 50, 49, 49, 50 leaves
On note of condition, these fabric books are in a range of condition from good to poor, with varying degrees of rubbing and wear to the bindings, with staining heaviest to the third volume. The third volume is also heavily gnawed at the bottom, with several samples at the beginning of the book marginally affected. The rear board of the fourth volume is also cracked, though still holding. Several samples have come loose and several others have been crumpled. There is foxing and staining throughout, but the samples themselves are primarily in excellent shape and well preserved, with a few frayed at the edges.