Title: Kokon Meibutsu Ruiju, 1791. Volume 1
Author: Matsudaira Harusato
Condition: Very Good
A first edition of the first volume of Matsudaira Harusato’s Kokon Meibutsu Ruiju, otherwise known as Classified Collection of Famous Utensils of Ancient and Modern Times. While the work mainly focuses on the various tea utensils Harusato collection or witnessed in his lifetime, this volume provides highly detailed designs of various silk fabrics which would be used in decoration for different tea ceremonies.
Of Harusato, he was a Japanese daimyo of the mid-Edo period, ruling the Matsue Domain. He was well known as a tea master, under the name Matsudaira Fumai, and collected a vast collection of tea utensils number of rare tea utensils.
This is the first volume of 18, and one of the few volumes to feature illustrations of various silk fabrics.
There are 120 illustrations of silk fabrics of varying shapes and sizes.
One volume in octavo, 39 leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the binding, and curling to the front cover. There is minor staining and some wear to the lower margin, though not affecting any of the illustrations.