Tokyo: Takshimaya. Paper. First Edition. Unpaginated, 16 pp. Subtitle, "." Covers, of faded pinkish paper tied at the spine with an aged brown ribbon, are aged, soiled, and creased. This volume is folded vertically down the center which has caused pages to be creased. The front cover has some chipping and a closed tear at the bottom of this crease. Format is as follows: brief descriptive text, in English, on left-hand page. Full-color, tipped-in plate of each of the 8 brocades on right-hand page with the title and dimensions of the pattern. The fold down the center has left a crease down the middle of the first two plates; these are larger than the following six, which are not creased. Interior is aged and soiled. Plates are exquisite. Extremely rare! Internally Good.
Excerpts from the introduction: "Mr. Tatsumura exemplified in his own creative works a spirit of classic nobility and serentiy, possessing the temperament to understand the classic spirit of the Ancient Period in Japan. He was also possessed of a rare technical ability and accordingly was given the opportunity to study and analyze the most precious of antiques, even those revered heirlooms of the Imperial Repository. ...Deeply desirous of reviving and popularizing apprecation of the great works of Japan's early period of textile art, he has designed and completed a collection of eight brocades for mass production. ...Several of these brocades are faithful reproductions of the famous brocades of the 8th century, now preserved in the Imperial Repository. Others are Mr. Tatsumura's improvisations on the motives found there and two represent his own contributions to the art of brocade. In one of these two, he has created the effect of carved red and black lacquer, and in the other he has produced an impression of raised and painted leather which was made possible by means of a special weave of his own invention."