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.
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Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2013. Hardcover. Number 189 of 400 copies. This handsome deluxe limited edition from the Easton Press is a facsimile of the original edition first published by order of Congress in 1856, with all of the original illustrations. The Perry Expedition led directly to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the western Great Powers, and eventually to the collapse of the ruling Tokugawa shogunate and the restoration of the Emperor [Wikipedia]. In a custom binding or brown cowhide leather imported from Italy. The covers have a decorative black and gilt border with a gilt illustration of ships at harbor on front. All edges gilt. Printed on Mohawk Superfine text and illustration paper. Housed in a custom slipcase of brown cloth with repeat of the design of the book's cover. Accompanied by certificate of limitation. In original shipping box. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 11.5 inches. 537 pages including index. PRI/012324. Fine.
Portland, OR: Image Gallery, 1977. Hardcover. Number 77 of 250 copies. Signed by Elliott, Brannen, McClarty, and Van Cleve. A beautiful collaborative limited edition with translations of 21 Japanese Fudoki poems dating from the 8th century. John McClarty's subtle and lovely woodcuts and Clyde Van Cleve's printing arts serve to honor these ancient poems, say the translators. Inserted in the book is an original woodcut titled and signed by McClarty. Bound in cream cloth with stabbed sewn binding and paper title label to cover. Book is in near fine condition save for a couple of small spots on the top page edges, but unfortunately the dust jacket is dampstained on both the front and back covers. Measures 8 x 10 inches. Unpaginated [about 45 bi-fold pages]. PRI/072022. Very Good.
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.
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.
Rutland, VT: Carolyn Shattuck, n.d. Open edition of this beautifully crafted open edition origami-designed book. This collaborative book was made to commemorate Carolyn's experience living in Okinawa for three years. The folds of the book reflect traditional patterns from Edo craftsmen. These fine patterns represent the distinguishing tastes of Edo including stylishness, sophistication and refinement. The haiku created by Victoria describe their reverence for our home and harbour, Earth (from colophon). Digitally printed on Epson Matte and Japanese Washi paper. The boards are covered in lovely Genji cloth with paper title label, with black ribbons to close the book or to hold the pages open. 4.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTS/082123. Fine.
Tokyo: Doi Hangaten Co., Ltd, circa 1950. Hardcover. No date - may have been printed 1938 - 1960 based on other books in this series by the same printer. An accordion book printed to show the process of how a color wood-cut is printed. According to the last panel (the only panel with text) this is a "Ukiyoe" which is a "genre picture developed in close connection with wood-cut printing. They were very popular among the common people in the Tokugawa era (1618 - 1863). They are worked out through the joint efforts of a painter, an engraver and a printer. This album represents the process of printing." The print shown (in different stages of color) throughout the book is by Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870 - 1949) from 1936. He was the "best" pupil of Kiyochika Kobayashi (1846 - 1915), called Hiroshige (1796 - 1858) in Meiji era. The boards are covered in Japanese paper with a floral design. When compared to other copies, it is apparent that there was once a paper title label on the front board. This is no longer present. The woodcuts are tipped in - 19 in total. The paper on which the woodcuts are mounted is a fairly brittle and two hinges have been repaired along the back side using Japanese tissue. Offsetting to first and last pages and minor browning to interior, but clean and bright overall. An interesting documentation of this involved printing process. This example shows 10 print runs for a single color woodcut. Housed in an orange patterned paper covered box with title label to front cover. Splits to edges of both box lids. [22 pages.] ART/061023. 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.