SEKAI TOJI ZENSHU: CATALOGUE OF WORLD'S CERAMICS ***14 VOLUME SET*** with 1800+ PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES 1955-1958
ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PUBLISHED WORKS ON EAST-ASIAN CERAMICS.
SEKAI TOJI ZENSHU - CATALOGUE OF WORLD'S CERAMICS. Edited by Fujio Koyama, Sakutaro Tanaka, Ryoichi Fujioka, Tadanari Mitsuoka, and Seiichi Mizuno.
FOURTEEN VOLUMES, No. 1 - No. 14.
Published by The Zauho Press & The Kawade Shobo, [Tokyo, Japan], 1955 - 1958.
Fourteen Hardcover Books, cloth covered boards, front covers blind embossed with a floral design, 8.5x12 inches, approximately 280 pages per book. No slipcases.
Each volume is ILLUSTRATED with approximately 140 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES in b&w and color, plus approximately 140 pages of text RICHLY ILLUSTRATED with numerous in-text b&w photographs and drawings.
Text in Japanese. However, an English language pamphlet is laid-into each Volume except Volumes 4 and 13, that provides a Table-of-Contents, Introduction, Descriptions of the Colour Plates, and Descriptions of the Monochrome Plates.
ASSOCIATION COPY: This set was previously owned by WINFIELD SCOTT WELLINGTON, b.1897 d.1979, with his bold and florid signature on the front pastedown of volumes 2-9. Wellington was a noted San Francisco Bay Area Architect, Museum Director, Artist, and Professor of Decorative Arts at UC Berkeley. He was also a noted collector of ceramics.
Each volume covers a different period in East-Asian Ceramic History:
(1) Japan: Pre-Historic, Proto-Historic and Early Historic Periods. (2) Japan: Ceramics in the Nara to Muromachi Periods. (3) Japan: Ceramics in the Momoyama period. (4) Japan Ceramics in the Edo Period (part I).
(5) Japan: Ceramics in the Edo period (part II). (6) The Edo period (part III). (7) Tea Ceremony Implements. (8) From Ancient China to Six Dynasties. (9) China: Sui and Tang Dynasties. (10) China: Sung and Liao Dynasties. (11) China: Yuan and Ming Dynasties. (12) China: Ch'ing Dynasty and Annamese and Thai Ceramics. (13) Korea: Pre-Koryo and Koryo Periods. (14) Korean Ceramics in the Li Dynasty.
Volumes 15 and 16 which ARE NOT part of this set, were the only volumes not related to East-Asian ceramics. Volume 15 is on the ceramics of "Europe & Others" and. Volume 16 is on Contemporary Ceramics (mainly non-Asian). As a collector of indigenous East-Asian ceramics perhaps this is why Professor Winfield Scott Wellington was not interested in those last two works.
CONDITION: Volume 1 is in GOOD condition: The back cover of has the ghost of a large sticker that was removed, the front and rear covers have some small stains, and there is a bump to the top of the spine; internally, there is some waviness to the bottom margin of the first few pages, and there are small rust stains and light offsetting to the rear endpapers from the laid-in English language booklet, otherwise the book is tight, bright, clean and unmarked.
VOLUMES 2-14 are in VERY GOOD condition, just a bit of soiling to some of the covers; tissue guards have been removed from most of the frontispieces, else tight, bright, clear, clean and unmarked.
ALL THE PLATES (1800+ in the 14 volume set) are brilliant.
A couple of the laid-in booklets are wavy, and a couple have pulled from their staples but are complete.
Considered to be one of the most extensive published works on East-Asian ceramics.
About WINFIELD SCOTT WELLINGTON (from the University of California "In Memoriam" website):
******Winfield Scott Wellington, b.1897 d.1979, was an architect, collector, and esteemed Professor of Design at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at Berkeley from 1937 until his retirement in 1965. He had a "hands on" approach in his teaching, his popular classes in materials required students to examine and handle the beautiful objects from his ever expanding personal collection. He was chairman of the U.C. Berkeley Art Gallery from 1946 to 1962.******
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: This 14 Volume set is very heavy and will require substantial additional shipping charges.