THE PICTURE BOOK OF PEONIES.
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).
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.
Other items of possible interest…