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TAMABAYASHI Haruo. Bunshin Hyakushi / Japanese Tattoo (1936)

TAMABAYASHI Haruo. Irezumi Hyakushi / Bunshin Hyakushi (Tattoos of a Hundred Shapes / Tatouages aux cent formes). Tokyo: Bunkawadoshobo, Showa 16 (1941).— AVAILABLE: see STOCKLIST for pricing.

Description — 12mo (18,5 x 14 x 2,5 cm), (18)-360 p., 450 g.
Pic. paper-bound hardcover, matching slipcase, b&w photographs & illustrations, 28 plates (incl. 8 fold-outs). Text in Japanese.
Reliure bradel papier ill. coul., étui, photographies & illustrations n&b, 1 triple et 5 doubles pages dépliantes. Texte en japonais.

État / Condition — Fine (case: formerly damaged, carefully repaired; book: lightly browned spine, light wear to cover).

Remarques & avis / Review — A classic and an outstanding research on Japanese tattoo, its culture and tradition, significations and techniques, from its origins to the 1930s (Yedo, Tokyo, the Edokko, Me-gumi, Yakuza, prostitutes, tatoo as a punishment mark, at the theater, the secret of tools and erasing, renowned tatoo-masters...), profusely illustrated with b&w photographs of tatooed bodies, ukiyoe reproductions, drawings and schemes (tools, etc.). The last part is dedicated to tattoo around the world: among the Ainus and in Okinawa-Ryuku (where only women are tattooed), in Asia (Polynesia, Maori, Papua, Laos...), in the West (England, Europe, mariners, the USA...). In a pretty binding. First published in 1936.

Un excellent ouvrage de référence sur le tatouage japonais, ses cultures et traditions, ses significations et techniques, de ses origines aux années 1930 (Edo, Tokyo, les Edokko, Me-gumi, Yakuza, prostituées, tatouage-punition, au théâtre, le secret des outils et techniques d'effacement, les maîtres-tatoueurs célèbres...), abondamment illustré de clichés en noir de corps tatoués, de reproductions d'ukiyoe, de dessins et schémas (outils, etc.). La dernière partie est consacré au tatouage à travers le monde : chez les Aïnus et à Okinawa-Ryukyu (où seules les femmes sont tatouées), en Asie (Polynésie, Maori, Papouasie, Laos...), dans le monde occidental (Angleterre, Europe, marins, USA...). Sous une jolie reliure. Edition originale en 1936.

Divers / Misc. — Printings: 1936, 1941 (twice), 1956, 1987, 1995.. Paper and printing quality drops drastically in the later editions (1980s-), the most recent are paperbacks without case.

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