Artistic Japan Le Japon Artistique c. 1889 S Bing leather book many color platesBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Japan).
Le Japon Artistique: Documents d'Art et d'Indistries, by S. Bing.
Published c. 1880's, Paris by Marpon et Flammarion.
c. 150 pages. Text in English. Run of twelve issues (with all twelve splendid color covers), comprising the second year of this influential and widely admired three year long journal. An endless profusion of hundreds of plates, many/ most colored.
S. Bing was almost single handedly responsible for popularizing Japanese culture, art and aesthetics in Europe and America late in the 19th century. Wiki has an excellent brief overview of Bing and this journal worth reading.
Period publishers 1/2 leather binding, smooth spine, gilt pictorial spine decorations & title lettering,
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Book is not new or in "new" condition.
Binding gently age worn, leather rubbed but still supple, joints slightly scuffed, remains overall attractive as an object.
Text block paper is uniformly well age toned, some edges slightly brittle, internally still well preserved, tight, sound.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this lovely and uncommon antique book survives. Very scarce in the publishers leather binding for the entire year.
Book Measures c. 13 1/4" H x 10" W.