Need help finding book information: Antique?

Reply Mon 17 May, 2010 01:26 pm
Alright I don't know what else to do; I've searched everywhere and have not been able to find a thing. I don't want to post here but it was my last idea, and now I'm down to that. I've searched everywhere and everything. I'll email some people when I get better pictures, and post them on here then.

Would someone, anyone, be willing to help me figure out what book this is:


- There are no words, numbers, or writing in the book at ALL
- The pictures repeat, so I only took so many of the inside.
- The covers are gold-inlay, or at least seem like gold. I'm not sure.
- The colors and detail on the covers are beautiful, amazing really. One cover, the side I don't have, the circle in the middle of the cover was painted. Watercolors, beautiful.
- There are sheets in-between each page that is either Hemp or --It is Rice paper-- Rice paper, which is thin. A couple of those are missing, but only like one.
- It is bound by a type of rope which feels and seems like Hemp, but I can't be sure at all. I don't know much.

Other Cover:

Close up of first cover:

Insert pages:

Corner Designs:




Sorry, could be better. Can't find the charger to my camera so I can't get any better, this is what you get from what my phone can take. Sorry.

Little more information:

So it is a gold plating on it, it's under the entire cover, a thin layer of it with the decoration over top, beautiful effect. I can tell because of where it is messed up and leads down into the golden layer. Underneath this is a wood backing, which is cool. Never noticed before but I found a spot where the paper was messed up on the inside cover, so I could see.

I know this has been posed before by a friend of mine - but I think that I could reply more information to people that might need it. Contact me please, if any more information is needed. I will try my best, but there isn't much to give.
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2010 01:55 pm
You are going to have to give a better description if you want any help

Size of the book?? Take a picture of it with a Pepsi can next to it so we can get a sense of its size. Front and back.

You say the hand painted pictures repeat themselves and are separated with rice paper., right? How many pages? What is the binding?

You have been told to take it to an Asian art dealer or a book store that can give you an idea what it is. It may be a one of a kind artist book.
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2010 04:14 pm
You dont say where you live, but you might try www.abebooks.com

Go to the section marked "rare books" and contact the book appraisers listed, or send them the same pictures you posted here.
They should be able to tell you more, and they might be able to tell you if its worth anything.
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Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 09:16 am



18 Pages all-together, not counting the covers.
I think it's a leather/wood binding, though I don't know for sure.
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