Tokyo: The Hokuseido Press, 1933. Hardcover. First Edition. xi, 141 pp, 8vo. Royal purple cloth covered boards with a red paper title label with gold flecks mounted in inset space on front board, Japanese style binding with yellow braided tassels for ties. Color frontispiece illustration of a boy and a girl doll, 2 fold out plates in color, 1 single color plates tipped in, 81 black & white photographs illustrating various doll vignettes. Rare clamshell box that came with this edition with blue and white design representing clouds in a blue sky, boy and girl doll caricatures printed in brown ink, white paper label with red titling pasted to cover; orners bumped and beginning to split but still tight and useful in housing the book.....
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New York: The Japan Society, 1913. First Edition. Limited Edition. 52 pp. Folio. Gray paper covered boards with brown cloth covered spine with gold embossed titling. Minor scuffing to cover boards and bumping to corners from shelf wear. Light age toning to endpapers, minor staining from glue quality at hinge of front and rear pastedown.
Printed on beautiful laid paper, with 24 color prints tipped in to illustrate the text, by the De Vinne Press in an edition of 1,000 copies, of which this is #255. Artists represented in plates: Harunobu, Moronobu, Kiyomasu, Masanobu. Toyonobu, Kiyomitsu, Koryusai, Shunsho, Buncho, Kiyonaga, Shuncho, Eishi, Sharaku, Utamaro, Toyokuni, Hokusai, and Hiroshige.
Levine, Jack. New York: Maecenas Press/Random House, 1970. Folio. First Edition. Stunning folio set of drawings with text by James A. Michener and lithographs and woodcuts by Jack Levine enclosed in a silk covered clamshell box with a large belt-like closure on the front cover. Box has light age toning that is not evident until the belt closure is unclasped and the slightyl lighter original cover underneath is revealed. Michener's text and the four individual lithographs on Rives paper are encased in a folio matching the clamshell box with the same belted closure. The fifty-four watercolors, gouaches and drawings from Levine's sketchbook are printed on Ingres paper and are encased in a black leather folio. The Prospectus for this edition laid in the clamshell box.....
Tokyo: Imperial Hotel, 1970. Soft Cover. Revised Edition. 80 pp. Light pink heavy paper covers, Japanese bound with thread at spine.
This revised edition was published on the occasion of the opening of the New Main Building of the Imperial Hotel. The building it was replaced was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at the beginning of the 20th century and was one of the few building to survive the 1923 earthquake that leveled much of Tokyo. (Sweeney 1814). Fine.