Japan: The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1983. Wraps. Presumed First. 48 pp. Front cover is a full-color reproduction of a portion of Kozuru's plate, "Fall Mood of New England Mountains." Covers and spine are slightly aged and shelf-worn. Rear cover is scratched. Front cover has several creases near edge and is slightly "buckled" along vertical edge. Interior has little text and is almost exclusively devoted to full-color, full-page photos of Kozuru's incredibly beautiful ceramics pieces. From the preface, "Japan is the only country in the world where ceramics are considered a fine art, as important as painting and sculpture. The work of a great potter is considered as significant as the work of a great painter. An artist is a craftsman and a....
Nihon University. Hard Cover. First Edition. Unpag. Covers are soiled. Spine is badly dented at bottom. Corners are bent. Eps depict aerial views of various university buildings. Brief biographical sketches and pictorial tour of campus w/captions in Japanese and English. Includes program? in Japanese and red-and-white felt Nihon Univ. banner. Good.
Osaka, Japan: The Shrine of the Universe Art Institution, 1962. Paper. First Edition. 74 pp. Subtitle, "Special Volume for the New York Art Exhibition." Front and rear covers are full-color, bi-fold reproductions of portions of Murayama Okyo's "Wild Geese in the Moonlight." Covers and gilt spine are slightly aged and edge-worn. Interior consists of numerous, mostly b/w, reproductions of items in the exhibition, with brief accompanying text. Interior is very slightly aged, but clean and crisp. Volume is encased in a tri-fold wrapper of hand-made orange paper with embedded fibers accented with gilt. Wrapper is slightly worn and/or frayed at corners and spine ends. Blind stamped, bright gilt title on front cover. Traditional bone, or ivory, closure. Interior of wrapper is somewhat discolored. Extremely rare...
New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1934. Hardcover. Fourth Edition. xvi, 302,  ads pp. 4to. Light gray cloth-covered boards with black tilting and decoration to front board and spine, beveled edge. Two black markers spots on front pastedown and first free endpaper where name has been blacked out. Top edge gilt, deckled foredge and foot of text block. Clean within. 42 illustrated plates with labeled tissue guard. Very Good.
Japan: The Hokuseido Press, 1949. Hard Cover. First Edition. 176 pp. 12mo. Front cover has bright, blind-stamped gilt lettering and blind-stamped rules and lettering. Publisher's logo is blind-stamped at center of rear cover. Gilt lettering on spine is faded. Front cover is somewhat rippled from water damage. Edges are slightly soiled. Publisher's logo appears again, in pale blue, on rear DJ cover. DJ spine is quite sun struck. Small water stains to title block and lower edge of front cover of dust jacket. Overall, dust jacket is somewhat aged, soiled, and occasionally crumpled and/or chipped along edges, now in mylar cover.. Pale gray endpapers have age toning. Black and white frontispiece photograph of Edmund Blunden. Also a black and white reproduction of "The opening page...
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. Fine.
Tokyo: Rokakuho Uchida, 1936. Hardcover. First Edition. vii, , 102,  pp. 12mo. Black and white illustrations. Black cover is ruled; has title in both English and Japanese in red, with a gilt design on urn on front. Spine lettered in red in English. Slipcase of tan cardboard repeats design of book cover in brown. Lightly worn at ends of spine, one mark on rear. Some pages unopened. Pages 66 & 76 have light foxing on margin. Many black and white illustrations, color illustration of Sun Po prior to translator's note.
Inscribed to Dr. T. H. McGrail from the translator on the first free endpaper. Fine.
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1905. Hard Cover. First Edition. 541 pp. Black cloth covere boards with blind embossed designs to boards, faded gold titling to spine. Previous owner's bookplate on first free endpapers, clean within. One entire section on the seaweed industries of Japan. 12 color plates that are sharp and crisp depicting turtles, jellyfish, etc. Wonderful reference. Very Good.
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.
Palisades, NY: Judith Setsuko Hata, 1993. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 95 pp. 4to. Dust jacket crisp and in mylar cover. A book of photographs of Ikebana flower arrangements by the author placed in urban and modernist settings in the United States and Japan. Printed in both English and Japanese. Wonderful arrangements, truly a labor of love for the author.
Inscribed by author on title page, signing her name in both Japanese and English. Fine / fine.
Tokyo: Shimbi Shoin, Ltd., 1932. Silk Brocade. Limited Edition. 238 pp. Color ills., 5 monotones and 14 b/w ills. From an edition of 1500 printed for the Limited Edition Club, this is # 716. A beautiful book in gold silk brocade, bound Japanese style with pale blue silk cord. Lovely pictorial eps, with light sun to ffep. Intro by Oscar Lewis. In a darker silk case with paper labels front and back, closed with ivory tabs. Case is chipped along back of spine edge and about 1/2" at top of spine. Hinges are very delicate; back fold-over board completely detached. Frontis drawing hand-colored. Signed by artist on colophon. Contains 17 Kwaidan, or weird stories," and three insect studies. A special treasure. Very Good / Very Good.
Boston, MA: 1900. Hardcover. As. Originally published in 1895. 341 + 2 pp ads. Rust cloth covered boards with a gold embossed design that resembles a Japanse binding with exposed stitching tt the spine. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown and first free endpaper. Clean and crisp within. Very good.
Smyth, Montague. London: J. M. Dent, 1907. Hardcover. First Edition. ix, 292 pp. 8vo. Beige cloth covered boards with a Japanesque floral illustration on the cover boards in green and light turquoise, gold embossed titling to cover board and spine, which has minor sunning. Some scuffing overall, top edge gilt, deckled foredge and foot. Age toning to endpapers, previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown which has transferred a lighter mirror imate to the first free endpaper. Clean within, illustrated with fifty color plates by Montague Smyth. Very Good.
Rutland, VT and Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1971. Hardcover. First Edition. Second Printing, 1981. 488 pp. Color & b/w photos & ills. Exquisite black slik covers are embossed on front with Asian design of peacocks. Lettered on spine in bright gilt and red. White eps have metallic sprinkles in gold. Pictorial dj is priced and unclipped. All of this, in new condition, is cased in a custom slipcase of brown cardboard with decorative label in black and gilt. A small area of back of slipcase has been "snagged"- an area less than two inches. This is a beautiful, beautiful book, with 76 full-color plates and 180 more in b/w. The book is "an invitation to enter a fascinating world of color, design, and...
Kyoto, Japan: Kyoto Shoin, Sh wa 39 . Hardcover. As. First published by Kyoto Shoin in 1958 with subsequent publishing in 1959, 1964, and 1974, this is the 1964 edition. Vol. 1: 21, 40; Vol. 2: 50; Vol. 3: 51-100; Vol. 4: 101-150; Vol. 5: 151-200 pp. Folio. Bound in deep blue and white cloth featuring a floral and bird pattern; paper title labels in Japanese characters pasted to front cover of each volume, gold embossed title and publisher name on spines. The first volume is entitled "Research into Ancient Ry ky Textile Patterns," featuring text and both color plates and black and white photographs of kimonos and various cloth patterns as well as photographs of paintings and scrolls and one drawing. The next four...
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...