Tokyo: Kodansha, (circa 1980). "Pictorial record of all about Japan's unique puppet theater ... (with pictures by) the one camera artist devoted to the theater for years long enough to know minds and emotions of these 'living' puppet individuals" (English insert). Includes over 700 plates with 19 in color. Also includes an 8 page laid-in English language introduction by Dr. Roy Andrew Miller. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title in Japanese to spine and black title (also in Japanese) to front cover. Clean and bright with many tipped-in photographs. Text in Japanese ONLY (with small English language insert). Laid in print of faces. Housed in a black paper covered box with illustration of a lady to front panel. Bottom panel of box is detached along one edge. Wear and rubbing to edges, corners, and panels of box. Size: Quarto. 263 pages.
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Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2017. Hardcover. Signed by the book artist. Emil Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or poymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. This charming miniature book is illustrated with the book artist's representations of Hamlet's famous soliloquy. Each double-spread illustration has a triangular fold on the right hand page that opens to reveal part of the text. Bound in dark green felt with lighter green cloth spine, with a small bronze colored relief ornament on the front cover. In near fine condition. Measures 2.25 x 1.75 inches. Unpaginated [16 pages]. MINIATURE/082119. Near Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2016. Number 1 of 12 copies signed by the book artist. Emil Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or poymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. His Hamlet's Soliloquy is a wonderful example of Emil's work. It is a dos-a dos book with one side with the text in English and the other in Russian. Each side has a pop-up or fleur de papier design structure that reveal the artist's mysterious beautiful illustrations that are done in shades of brown. The covers are brown felt with a polymer clay artistic design on front cover of Russian translation side and attached grey twine straps with a metal clasp to close the book. A wonderful and imaginative interpretation of this famous soliloquy. In fine condition. Measures 2.25 x 3 inches. Fine.
Tokyo: The Nippon Gakujutsu Shinokai, 1955. Hardcover. First Edition. 2 volume set in dust jackets. Small quarto. Brown silk covered boards with silver titles to covers and spines. Boards show little to no wear, save for a small smudge mark to the rear board of volume 2. Front pastedowns of both volumes have a previous ownership inscription. Some off-setting from front free endpaper to both half-title pages, otherwise text and illustrations are clean and bright. Frontispiece of volume 1 is a fold-out black and white illustration of a traditional japanese scene; that of volume 2 is a color photograph reproduction of a kimono. Each volume also contains a map of "Japan in Provinces." Cream dust jackets with black titles to spines and front panels. Jackets show only very light edgewear, with some browning along edges and spines. Volume 1: 192 pages; volume 2: 190 pages. DRA/082919. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Garden City Publishing Co., Inc., 1939. Hardcover. Small quartos. Special De Luxe Editions, with a total of 48 striking color illustrations by Arthur Rackham, in dust jackets. Both volumes have tan cloth boards with an embossed device on the front and gilt titles and decorations along the spine. Boards show minor marks and are otherwise very good. Interior pages are clean and sharp, except for a narrow strip of browning along the inside edges of the pastedowns. Illustrated dust jackets are in good condition but have some small areas of edge chipping and small open tears along the edges and along hinges. Flap of one jacket is nearly detached. Minor rubbing and scuffing to jackets. Both jackets are protected from further damage with removable plastic covers. Volumes are unpaginated. DRA/083019. Very Good / Good.