DER SAMMLUNG MOSLE
Sold Only As A Complete Set Of Eleven Books
|Alexander G. Mosle was a German business man who spent years in Japan in the late 19th century. He developed a strong interest in kodogu, met and studied with the greatest authorities on the subject of the time, and amassed one of the most important collections of the finest kodogu in the world.|
|A historically significant group of books about the Alexander G. Mosle collection consisting of swords and sword furniture, armor, textiles, paintings, ceramics, and more. Alexander Mosle acquired the friendship and assistance of some of the top authorities of the day; his collection of kodogu was especially impressive due in part to the help of Akiyama Kyusaku and other scholars of the art.|
|The Mosle Collection: Catalog Vol. 1 by Alexander Mosle and Robert Rucker. 1932. Clothbound, 7 1/2" x 10 1/2", 1 to 576 pages in English.|
This book contains brief descriptions of armor, swords, and fittings, and in many instances there is a picture of the items signature. Hundreds of signatures are shown.
|The Mosle Collection: Supplement to Vol. 1 by Orikami & Soejo. 1932. Clothbound, 7 1/2" x 10 1/2", 577 to 609 pages in English.|
|The Mosle Collection: Corrigenda Et Addenda Vol. 1. 1933. 7 1/2" x 10 1/2", 47 pages in English.|
THE MOSLE COLLECTION Volume II
by Alexander Mosle. 1933.
Clothbound, 7 1/2" x 10 1/2", 243 pages in English.
Covers lacquer, okimono & netsuke, pottery, paintings, and textiles. Signatures are shown, also documents and samples of textiles.
Inscribed inside the front: Seinem lieben Freund und Mitarbeiter Hern Fritz Rumpf (?) zur freundlichen Erinnerung an den Verfasser Leipzig, 22 September 1934. (To my dear friend and collaborator Mr. Fritz Rumpf with fond memories of the publisher Leipzig, 22 September 1934)
AUSSTELLUNG JAPAN. KUNSTWERKE WAFFEN. SCHWERTZIE RATEN. LACKE. GEWEBE HOLZSCHNITTE
by Alexander Mosle. Berlin 1909. Konigliches Kunstgewerbe Museum.
Other than a picture of Kano Natsuo at the front, this book is descriptions of 2,249 items in the collection.
The book is inscribed by Alexander Mosle to Robert Rucker, February 16, 1929. This is a catalog of the collection to go with a showing at the museum in Berlin. Robert Rucker was an American scholar and collector of Japanese art who helped write the above books. This book is heavily annotated by Robert Rucker, with notes, prices, cross references to other works, and more. Quoting a note left in the book from a previous book seller, "As a "key" to Mosle's collection by one who knew it intimately, this volume is likely invaluable."
This is a very rare and hard to find volume. Hardbound, 6" x 9", 385 pages in German.
JAPANESE ART: Paintings, Lacquer, Sculpture and Metal Work, Pottery and Ceramics, Textiles, Musical Instruments
by Alexander Mosle and The Smithsonian Museum. 1938.
This catalog was prepared for an exhibition of 56 pieces Alexander Mosle had decided to keep, to and for himself, to be presented at the Smithsonian, and which never happened. Because the exhibition never happened, copies of this book are very difficult to find. Only those given by Alexander Mosle to friends and associates still exist.
This copy is inscribed, "Gift from Mr. Mosle on his visit to me at the office 6/7/41 at which time I purchased a 'Natsuo' kozuka from him. HG".
There is an Ex Libris stamp inside the fron t with the name Harry C. Goebel. Corrected text has been glued into the book at 2 places and a 2 page supplement is glued inside the back.
Softbound, 6" x 8 1/2", 32 pages in English.
Japanese Art: Part One of the Collection of Alexander G. Mosle & Near and Far Eastern Art from the Collections of Alexander G. Mosle, The Late Mrs. Henry Riker and Other Sources. The two sale catalogs of the Mosle Collection, April 22 and May 12-13, 1948, Parke-Bernet Galleries New York.
Softbound, 6 1/4" x 9 1/2", 53 & 78 pages in English. Both catalogs have the prices realized written in. Very good condition.
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