Kyoto City, Tokyo National Museum, 1968. Illustrated. First Edition. An 80-page booklet published in 1968 to mark the “Rebirth of the Wall-paintings in the Main Hall of Horyu-ji.” Horyu-ji is a Japanese Buddhist temple and the Main Hall is the oldest extant wooden structure in the world, about 1,300 years old. Indoor paintings on 12 walls in the Main Hall were destroyed in a 1949 fire and this booklet celebrates their laborious restoration based on original color photographs taken before the fire. The heavily-illustrated booklet (in Japanese) comes with a four-page leaflet in English describing the Temple and the restoration project. Uncommon! 8vo., gray wraps in colorful pictorial dust jacket; 80 pages. Item #57083
Near fine condition.