THE PICTURE BOOK OF PEONIES.
(Niigata): Niigata Prefecture, Japan, (ca. 1936). An oblong portfolio of 27 striking color printed plates measuring 25.2 x 38 centimeters, with each plate portraying 2 peonies (each flower approximately 11 x 12 centimeters). A brief text on the culture of Japanese tree peonies accompanies the plates, and there is an overslip with letterpress describing each flower. Niigata was a center for peonie cultivation and this book was undoubtedly issued to promote export trade to the west. Possibly Dorothy Graham's copy? ( author of CHINESE GARDENS). Oblong 4to, stabbed and tied (25.2 x 38 cm); (ii) + (ii) + 2 + (ii) pp. + 27 color plates with accompanying letterpress on overslips.
Original printed cloth, stabbed and tied, boards slightly bumped and worn at corners; some splitting of cloth along spine edges; plates clean and bright. A very good copy.
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