Kobe, Japan. The Kobe Export Silk Goods Guild. 1931.
First Edition. Black and white and color illustrations throughout; 151 pp., upper and lower edges gilt, 11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches; textured cloth-covered boards with embossed decorative and title. Tipped-in color frontispiece: facsimile of woodblock print by Eishi Hosokawa "The Beauty in the Snow." Front cover very lightly bowed. Binding is cracked at pages 18-19, but the text block is still attached. Contents in very good clean condition. An uncommon volume. Four WorldCat listings in the US, and one in Australia. Partial listing of the volume's table of contents includes the following: Kobe as Center Market in Japan for Export of Silks and Rayons; The Silk Textiles Industry in Japan; Silk Textiles (Spun silks; Silk Crepe; Habutae Silks; Sakusan Silk; Silk Fabrics Woven with Degummed Yarns; Fancy Silk; Rayon Textiles; Boiling, Dyeing, Bleaching, Printing & Finishing; Inspection of Silk Export Fabrics; Silk Made-Up Articles; List of Exporters. Color map of Japan shows silk producing districts with explanatory text following. Volume features copious advertising from manufacturers; some with tipped-in silk samples. The Foreword to the book offers the following commentary on silk: "When the people of the outside world come to understand fully the conditions of silk production and consumption in Japan, they will soon realize that it is not proper to treat Japanese silks as articles of luxury, and that they should be placed on the same footing as cotton or hemp goods among the articles of daily necessaries of life. In fact no cheaper and more durable fabrics for common wear can be found than Japanese silks." Item #53175