The art of the Japanese stencil-cutter 1893

A.W. Tuer (introd.), The Book of Delightful and Strange Designs, being facsimile illustrations of the art of the Japanese stencil-cutter to which the gentle reader is introduced by one Andrew W. Tuer, F.S.A. who knows nothing at all about it.London: The Leadenhall Press, Liberty & Co., Simpkin, Marshal, Hamilton, Kent & Co., New York: Charles Scribner’s Son, Paris: Baudry et Cie., and Leipzig: Brockhaus n.d. (1893. Large 8vo, oblong, cloth spine, hb, title page label on spine and front board, 104 sepia printed examples of Japanese stencil patterns, with one original stencil as frontispiece, introductions in English, French and German (77 p. in total), first edition (with inserted slip: “the issue of this - the first- edition, containing a real Japanese stencil-plate as frontispiece is limited in number”). A rare and extraordinary book on a section of Japanese decorative art of the later 19th century.Hinges inside strengthened, cover has some wear but still acceptable, inside in good condition. See images.