Zhi Si Jing Quan Tu = Picture Story of Silk Cultivation. The Story of Silk. (Early 20th Chinese Concertina-Style 'fold-Out' Book with Wood Covers and Hand-Painted Illustrations)

By: Chinese - Youting Shi Hui

Price: £95.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket

No date, but this is an early 20th Century Chinese book with 12 hand-painted illustrations depicting the tale of the the cultivation of Silk, starting with Silkworm Eggs. The book has a 'fold-out accordion binding' which when folded out to the full extent, cover to cover, measures c. 3. 5 Metres (c. 11' 5" or c. 350cms) with a wood cover front and back. A Chinese "Foo" character is carved into front board and attractively infilled with a green chalky substance. See Images. The History of the cover design (The "Foo" (Fu) character = Happiness) is given in English on the first page. The Left Hand pages consist of 12 beautiful bright, full colour, hand-painted pictures on silk, showing the cultivation of silkworms, through all the stages in the creation of silk, ending with 'The Tailor'. Opposite the illustrations on the right hand side are descriptions of the activities in both English and Chinese. No publisher noted, but evidently part of a series produced circa 1916/1930 - possibly earlier or possibly later? Text in English & Chinese. Both boards are slightly curved and there is some light damp-staining to the creases where the pages are concertina'd/folded, but none of this affects the text or paintings on the reverse, just some to the inner creases/page edges. A few 'closed' tears (a couple with old repairs) all of which are now neatly repaired to the reverse with clear archive tape - not really noticable. Deeper staining affects some parts of the plain endpapers. A light patch ( probably old tanning sellotape traces) is on the blank top of the page about 'Skeins'. An 'eye-shaped' seller's label on the pastedown of the rear board = Ling Yu Sing, Gift Shop, 9 Doi Hu Road, Foochow, China. The top and bottom edges of the pages are bordered with metallic paper (possibly tarnished gilt? ). Overall a lovely period peice with delightful Chinese Artwork - presumably produced as Souvenirs for Foreign visitors? At the time of listing I also have another book in this series for sale - 'The Story of Rice...' . See Images. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall

Title: Zhi Si Jing Quan Tu = Picture Story of Silk Cultivation. The Story of Silk. (Early 20th Chinese Concertina-Style 'fold-Out' Book with Wood Covers and Hand-Painted Illustrations)

Author Name: Chinese - Youting Shi Hui

Categories: Illustrated, Bindings, Animals. Birds. Fish. Fishing, Natural History, Architecture. Art. Crafts, India/Burma/Asia, Agriculture. Farming. Forestry, Clothes. Sewing. Needlework. Fashion, Private Presses. Printing. Typography,

Edition: Presumed First Edition

Publisher: Foochow, China, Youtingshi - Sold By Ling Yu Sing: 1916

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 114061

Keywords: The Story Of Silk (early 20th Chinese Concertina-style 'fold-out' Book With Wood Covers And Hand-painted Illustrations) Sold By - Ling Yu Sing Gift Shop 9 Doi Hu Road, Foochow, China. An Early 20th Century Chinese Book With Hand-painted Illustrations That Depicts The Tale Of The The Cultivation Of Rice, Starting With How Water Buffalo Are Used To Prepare The Soil. The Book Has A 'fold-out Accordion Binding' With Wood Covers. A Chinese "foo" Character Is Carved Into Front Board And Attractively Infilled With A Green Chalky Substance. the History Of The Cover Design (the "foo" Character = Happiness) Is Given In English On The First Page. The Left Hand Pages Consist Of 12 Beautiful Bright, Full Colour, Hand-paintings On Silk, Showing The Cultivation Of Silk.