Ichikawa City, Japan: Kotosubo, 2014. Softcover. 1 of 60 copies. An exquisite handmade notebook with a silk binding and Japanese paper created by Japanese miniature book artist Miyako Akai. Miyako delights in the miniature book form and has won awards for her work from the Miniature Book Society. The 60 books in the edition have covers done with various Japanese silk patterns. This copy has a brown and cream repetitive design. The binding is stitched together with thin color ribbons. The book's pages have no text but most are printed with delicate designs, ornaments, or illustrations in different colors. The front pastedown has the name of the press and the date, while the rear pastedown has text in Japanese. In fine condition. Measures 3 x 4.25 inches. Unpaginated [62 pages] PRI/080117. Fine.
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Japan Tourist Bureau. Hardcover. 8vo. 3rd edition. Includes 3 woodcuts, many illustrations, and a large fold-out map. Green cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and faded gilt illustration to front board. Minor wear to edges and spine ends. Rubbing to boards. Interior is very clean with bright text. Stamp from previous owner to front pastedown and to first page of text; stamp does not effect text. There is also a small slip of paper pasted down to front pastedown. Book is side-stapled, then bound into boards. Crack to front hinge just after title page. Binding remains secure. Full color woodcuts are pasted down. In English. 149 pp. JAP/020205. Very Good.
London: Henry Sotheran and Co., 1881. Hardcover. 4to. This is the second edition of an important work first published by Audsley and Bowes in 1875. George Audsley and his brother William were noted architects and decorative arts experts. Audsley was also an early British authority on Japanese art publishing. The second edition incorporates information from relevant reports published after the first edition. The first section is an introductory essay of 111 pages, followed by chapters discussing different Keramic manufactures and provinces. The text is accompanied by 32 beautiful black and white and chromolithographic plates. Bound in a lovely signed binding by Root and Son in full green morocco with five raised bands and six compartments with elaborate floral devices and title to the spine, and with gilt lines and decoration to boards along interior and exterior edges. There is browning to spine and to top edge of front board, though gilt remains bright. Marbled end pages and full gilt edges. The interior is very clean with some browning to margins of pages not affecting the text and illustrations. Includes a detailed index and a glossary of marks and monograms. 304 pages. ART/071907. Near Fine.
London: Ernest Benn Ltd., 1928. Hardcover. Fifth impression of Ficke's well known book on Japanese prints. Tipped in are a Japanese woodcut print and a one page handwritten letter from Ficke to "Helene." Arthur Davison Ficke (1883-1945) was a poet and lawyer who was from a wealthy family in Iowa. His father imported Japanese prints, and Ficke had a lifelong interest in this art. His poetry has lost its signicance, and he is best known today for his extremely close relationship with Edna St. Vincent Millay and his expertise on Japanese art. The woodcut is 7.25 x 5 inches. In color, depicting a scribe pondering over a long sheet of paper with his pen in the air. There are several lines of Japanese writing. Soiled but otherwise in very good condition. The letter, dated May 28, 1937, is about the authenticity of a print and factors considered in determining this. He closes by saying if the print were genuine, it would be a great treasure and would command a price of many hundreds if dollars. He signs it, "Arthur." The interior pages are clean and bright with title, author and publisher in black to spine and front board. Bound in black cloth with slight bumping and rubbing, and a dark outline of a circle on the front cover as though a glass had been set upon it. In a brown dustjacket with author, title, and publisher in black on spine and front cover. It also states that the book is part of a series of handbooks for collectors. Some chipping and nicks to corners and top and bottom of spine but still very good. Bookplate of Inez and Carl Kinney. 456 pages including index. ASIANART/120211. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Garden City: Doubleday & Company. Hardcover. 4to. Black cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor foxing to end pages. Else is clean and bright with 158 photographic illustrations, including 21 in full color. Illustrated dust jacket wiht black tilte to front panel and to faded yellow spine panel. Minor chipping and creasing to edges of dust jacket. Index, 224 pages. JAP/061412. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Japan: The Hokuseido Press, (1940). Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. In dark blue cloth covered boards with silver title to spine and front board. Minor overall wear to cloth and slight bowing to boards. Rear hinge starting. Previous owner's stamp to front paste down and to title page. Else very clean and sound with many black and white as well as color illustrations. Original receipt archivally attached to rear free end page. 225 pages. JAP/091405. Very Good.
Tokyo: Japan Travel Bureau, (1964). Hardcover. 12mo. Near fine in very good illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to front panel and black title to blue spine. Minor edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket. Original japanese receipt laid in. Illustrated. Index, 157 pages. Japanese History. JAP/061512. Near Fine in Very Good DJ.
Tokyo: Tokyo News Service, Ltd., 1958. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. Bright blue cloth boards with gold lettering on spine and front board. Hinges tight and interior clean. Slight browning to front free end page. Ribbon bookmarks bound in. Includes directories of government agencies, summaries of political parties and events, journalists, and other aspects of Japanese government and politics at that time. 133 pages. JAPAN/112105. Very Good.
New York and Tokyo: John Weatherhill Inc, 1972. STATED FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Very clean interior with tight binding. Signed by previous owner on ffep. Cock to spine. Grey dj with red spine panel and black title to spine. Very minor wear to edges of dj. A useful reference for any student of Japanese. Preface and notes are in English; Index with characters and translation are in Japanese. 359 pp. JAP/071705. Near Fine in Near Fine dj.
Japan: Japan Travel Bureau, (1953). Hardcover. Very good in flexible red cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine. Multiple fold-out maps; endpapers are also maps. Minor browning to end pages. Previous owner's name to front free end page. Else is clean and bright. Index, 1015 pages. Japan. JAP1/6120. Very Good.
Paper Covered Boards. Folio. In Japanese. Date unknown. Brown paper covered boards with black and white title pastedown to rear board. Scuffing to boards and wear to corners and edges. Exterior of hinges are partially cracked. Stab binding with two yellow ribbons. Pages remain securely bound. Includes five beautiful fold-out Japanese woodcuts tipped onto cardstock paper. One is in black and white and the rest are in color. The pages with text have some foxing and browning. These pages are separated from the prints by the cardstock paper, which has protected the prints from foxing. Bubbling to endpages. Illustrations are suitable for framing. A nice copy. ASART/082504. Very Good.
Paper Covered Boards. Folio. In Japanese. Date unknown. Brown paper covered boards with black and white title pastedown to rear board. Scuffing to boards and wear to corners and edges. Exterior of rear hinge has a two inch closed tear in paper covering; binding remains secure. Stab binding with two yellow ribbons. Pages remain securely bound. Includes five beautiful Japanese woodcuts tipped onto cardstock paper. Two of the woodcuts are fold-outs (one having 3 panels). All prints are in color. The pages with text have some foxing and browning, but prints are very clean. Bubbling to endpages. Illustrations are suitable for framing. A nice copy. ASART/082604. Very Good.