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Altjapanische Porzellane aus der Porzellansammlung Dresden; the Catalogue of the Exhibition of the Ko-Imari Collection of the Dresden Museum, DDR
1 Altjapanische Porzellane aus der Porzellansammlung Dresden; the Catalogue of the Exhibition of the Ko-Imari Collection of the Dresden Museum, DDR
1975 First Paperback Edition Paperback Very Good 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Exhibition at Expo 1975 in five cities in Japan, and apparently sponsored by the Takashimaya department store. This is a paperback edition, not hardback. Presumed first paperback printing. Believed printed and bound in Japan. This is a bilingual edition in Japanese and in German. Full-pictorial wrappers. 9.75 x 8 inches. 100 numbered pages. Heavy coated stock with numerous color plates, some full-page. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners, except for a semi-bump to the uppercorners, quite minor. A lovely copy, clean and tight. Respectfully read and with the occasional English word in pencil appearing at footnotes. A Very Good copy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Between Ground and Underground
2 Between Ground and Underground
Kyoto, Japan Kyoto Shoin Co. 1991 4763610902 / 9784763610904 First Edition Unbound Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Choi, Jae-Eun Signed by Illustrator
Printed and bound in Kyoto, Japan by Shashin Kagaku. Text in Engl;ish, Japanese and Korean. Consists of 39 square-shaped loose sheets of heavy-duty paper, almost all with color design. Sheets measure 11.75 x 11.75 inches. All sheets immensely clean. The sheets contained in a folding envelope of the same heavy-duty paper. The folding envelope with a brief inscription signed in silver ink, probably by the artist. Also included is a slipped-in prospectus in pristine condition. Note that neatly pasted on to the prospectus is the handsome ex libris plate of the original owner. Housed in a medium-duty plain cardboard box with black-stamped lettering. Moderately rubbing and wear to the box, especially along the edges. A Fine set of prints in a Very Good box. Scarce in any condition. Thus rated Near Fine overall. "Ground and underground are separated by an infinitisimally thin layer of a mental construct called 'surface.' Just as there are opposites in everything conceivable, ground and underground are opposites of this surface." The prospectus includes a biography of the artist and a list of his exhibitions. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Courtly Millenniium, Art Treasures from the Konoe Family Collection
3 Courtly Millenniium, Art Treasures from the Konoe Family Collection
Tokyo, Japan Tokyo National Museum 2008 First Paperback Edition Paperback Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
This is the paperback edition, not the hardback. Presumed first paperback printing. Printed and bound in Japan. Primary text in Japanese, secondary text in English. Gorgeous illustrated wrappers. 11.75 x 8.75 inches. xxi and 313 numbered pages. Heavy coated stock with numerous color illustrations. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. An exceptional copy, very clean and tight. Either unread or very gently read. A Near Fine copy. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Iki
4 Iki
Tokyo, Japan Shiseido Co., Ltd. 1987 Presumed First Edition Decorative Boards Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Printed and bound in Japan. With text in Japanese, NOT in English. Pink cloth spine with silver paper hardboard binding. 11.75 x 9 inches. With 175 numbered pages and with numerous plates, all in vivid color, some full page, all on heavy glossy stock. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. An immaculate copy, and very tight, with scarcely a hint of shelf life. Almost certainly unread. No remainder marks. In a heavy-duty slipcase of matching pink cloth and silver paper. The slipcase with minor soiling to the underside. A Fine copy in a Near Fine slipcase. Iki translates loosely as chic or style. Sections on bijin-ga, theatre, hair ornaments, combs, purses, accessories, tea houses, lanterns, food, and clothing, costumes and fabrics. Interspersed are charming ukiyo-e illustrations. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Japanese Art, Heian Period, 794 - 1192
5 Japanese Art, Heian Period, 794 - 1192
Tokyo, Japan Dainippon Ink and Chemicals, Inc. 1989 First Edition Cloth Near Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Japanese text by Inoue Tadashi and others. English résumé by Kaneko Shigetaka. Published by Dainippon Ink and Chemicals on the occasion of their 80th anniversary. Presumed first and only printing. Published 1989. Printed and bound in Japan. This book has primary text in Japanese and secondary text in English. Brick red silk [or silk-like] binding, with crisp black-stamped lettering to the spine and a crisp gilt-stamped image to front board depicting five birds in flight. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Exceptionally clean binding. 11.5 x 9 inches. Handsome pictorial pastedowns. As to the text in Japanese, with 304 numbered pages in Japanese, interspersed with 89 stunning full-color, full-page plates, some of which are fold-out. Identification and commentary appear in Japanese opposite each plate page. All plates specially printed on coated stock and tipped in. As to the text in English, with LXVII numbered pages in English including Introduction: The Characteristics of the Art of the Heian Period and Notes on the Plates. An immensely clean copy, and very tight. Either unread or very gently read. Fairly trivial semi-crease to the blank sheet opposite folding plate no. 45. With the original, soft plastic, clear dust jacket. Also present is the slipcase of brown paper hardboards with gilt-stamped Japanese characters to the spine and rubbing front and back. Slipcase with a 3-inch split starting along ther bottom but holding fast. A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine DJ in a Very Good slipcase. 
Price: 180.00 USD
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Joy Under the Blossoms: Lacquered Picnic Sets from the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art
6 Joy Under the Blossoms: Lacquered Picnic Sets from the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art
Osaka, Japan Osaka Municipal Museum of Art 1997 Pamphlet Very Good Minus 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
A catalog issued for an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 17 April to 18 May 1997. A bilingual publication in English and Japanese. Stapled pamphlet format. Printed and bound in Japan. Handsome color pictorial wrappers, with some age fading along spine. 11.75 x 8.25 inches. With 21 numbered pages and with color illustrations on semi-glossy paper. Slight fanning at the corners, minor. A very clean copy. Rated a Very Good Minus copy. Hard to find in any condition. 
Price: 29.50 USD
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Kinrei-zuka, Old Tomb at Kisarazu in the Province of Kazusa (Chiba Prefecture)
7 Kinrei-zuka, Old Tomb at Kisarazu in the Province of Kazusa (Chiba Prefecture)
Chiba, Japan The Chiba Prefectural Board of Education 1951 Presumed First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Minus No Jacket 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
This is a bilingual edition in English and in Japanese, the principal text being in Japanese. Printed in Japan. medium gray cloth spine, with crisp, black-stamped lettering to the spine Ivory-colored paper hardboards, with black-stamped lettering front and back. The binding is generally clean. 10.25 x 7.25 inches. Moderately bumped spine tail, and with sharp corners. Text block firmly bound in. With color frontispiece,162 numbered pages, XXXV full-page plates (Plates I, II & III are in color), plus iv and v pages. All color plates are full-page and on medium-weight, semi-glossy stock. No remainder marks. The text pages are somewhat age-darkened. Else a clean copy. No DJ, [as issued?]. A Very Good Minus copy. This book is a study of an early Eighth Century tomb. "Generally speaking, the ancient tombs found in Japan are said to have been built during the period between the Third and Eighth Centuries... The cultural center in the ancient-tomb age was in Yamato and the present Tokyo district was remote from the center of cultural activity... The practices of burying valuable things in the tomb still persisted in the provinces for some time, even after they had been abandoned in the Yamato district following the advent of Buddhism." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Selected Masterpieces from the Collection of the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts
8 Selected Masterpieces from the Collection of the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts
Tokyo, Japan 1978 First Paperback Edition Paperback Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
This is a paperback edition, not hardback. This edition with primary text in Japanese and secondary text in English. Presumed first paperback printing. Printed and bound in Japan. Gorgeous illustrated wrappers. 10 x 7 inches. 296 numbered pages in Japanese, 19 numbered pages in English, including several full color plates on heavy stock and numerous B&W illus. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Wraps fan slightly. An exceptionally clean and tight copy. Either unread or very gently read. A Near Fine copy. Painting, calligraphy, writing, sculpture, ceramics, lacquer art, metalwork, textiles. 
Price: 28.00 USD
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Sixty Years Devoted to Makie
9 Sixty Years Devoted to Makie
Tokyo, Japan Kei Mino 1993 First Edition Near Fine No Jacket 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
This is a bilingual edition in English and Japanese. Printed and presumed bound in Japan. Blue paper binding over hardboards, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the front board and to the spine. Unbumped spine head and tail and with fairly sharp corners. 10 x 8.5 inches. 71 numbered pages, and with 159 full-color plates on coated stock. An exceptionally clean copy, and rather tight. Appears unread. A Near Fine copy. 
Price: 24.00 USD
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The Beauty of Tsutsumi Ningyo
10 The Beauty of Tsutsumi Ningyo
Sendai, Japan Sendai City Museum 1989 First Paperback Edition Paperback Very Good Minus 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Printed and bound in Japan. A bilingual edition with the principal text in Japanese and the auxiliary text in English. Full-pictorial glossy paper wrappers, with scuffing/rubbing. Major bump to spine head and major bump to lower corner. 10 x 7 inches. With 157 numbered pages and with 109 full-page, full color plates, and also with numerous B&W illus. Internally quite a clean copy. No remainder marks. Downgraded to Very Good Minus on account of the bumping. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art, Part VI, 10 November 2015
11 The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art, Part VI, 10 November 2015
London, England Bonhams 2015 First Edition Decorative Boards Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
This is Auction No. 22338. Bilingual publication in English and in Japanese. Hardback edition with paper-covered hardboards, with color illustration front and back and with crisp white-stamped lettering. Unbumped and immaculate. 10.5 x 8.5 inches. Text block firmly bound in. 127 numbered pages, plus several unnumbered pages, with color plates throughout, many full page, all on heavy-weight semi-glossy paper. No remainder marks. An immensely clean and tight copy. Unread. A Fine copy. Offered for sale in this auction were 166 lots, including sword fittings, netsuke, inro and lacquare ware. 
Price: 32.50 USD
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Tokubetsuten Beikoku nidai bijutsukan shozo Chugoku no Kaiga; Special Exhibition Chinese Painting from two American Museums
12 Tokubetsuten Beikoku nidai bijutsukan shozo Chugoku no Kaiga; Special Exhibition Chinese Painting from two American Museums
Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan 1982 First Edition Paperback Very Good 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
This is a bilingual publilcation in Japanese and in English. It is the catalogue for Special Exhibition Chinese Painting from two American Museums, held at the Tokyo National Museum from 5 October to 17 November 1982. Published in 1982 [Showa 57]. Red-on-red plain paper wrappers with crisp black-stamped lettering in English and in Japanese. 10 x 7.25 inches. With 388 numbered pages, including numerous appendices and index pages. With many dozens of painting reproductions, including several in color, all on semi-glossy stock. A very clean book. Gently read and still rather tight. Rated a Very Good copy. Very scarce in any condition. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Japanese Marks and Seals, Bowes, James Lord
13 Bowes, James Lord Japanese Marks and Seals
Ann Arbor, MI Ars Ceramica 1976 0893440027 / 9780893440022 First Edition Thus Decorative Cloth Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Presumed first printing of the facsimile edition, 1976. Based on the 1882 edition published by H. Sotheran, London, and with a new Introduction. Primary text in English; secondary text in Japanese. Light orange buckram binding, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering and design to the front board and to the spine. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Immensely clean and attractive binding. 9.25 x 6.75 inches. 379 numbered pages. With numerous B&W illustrations throughout, including 553 marks. A few mildly dog-eared pages, lower corner of pp. 230-246. Else an exceptionally clean copy, and very tight. Very gently read. Lovely pictorial DJ, unclipped. Just a hint of rubbing to the DJ. DJ in a clear Mylar DJ protector. A Near Fine copy in a Fine DJ. The Bowes book is one of very few books written in English and devoted to the subject of marks and seals exclusively. This volume is an essential reference work to aid in the study of Japanese ceramics and decorative arts. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Ukiyo-e hanga zenshu (Descriptive and Historical Album of Old Japanese Prints of the Ukiyo-ye School), Happer, John Stewart
14 Happer, John Stewart Ukiyo-e hanga zenshu (Descriptive and Historical Album of Old Japanese Prints of the Ukiyo-ye School)
Tokyo, Japan Yoshizawa Shoten 1919 First Edition Japanese Cord-sewn Very Good Plus Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall 
This is a bilingual edition with principal text in Japanese and an author's preface in English. Author's preface dated May 1918 [Taisho 7]. Album of Old Japanese Prints of the Ukiyo-ye School, reproduced from the Collection of Ken-Ichi Kawaura. Believed to be from a limited edition of 150 copies. 15.5 x 10.5 inches. Consists of two cord-sewn volumes and a folder. The first volume contains text and six full page reproductions of ukiyo-e prints, five of which are in color. The second and larger volume contains text and approximately 120 pages with single or multiple B&W images of ukiyo-e prints. Original silk-covered boards of gold brocade to the larger volume, purple cords, paper label on front cover. The pages and covers of both volumes are immensely clean, with scarcely a fingering mark to be found. Original patterned cloth folder, with bone [?] toggles. Very moderate wear and slight fading to the folder. A Very Good Plus set of books in a Very Good Plus folder. Scarce in any condition and perhaps the rarest title by John Stewart Happer. From the author's preface: "The collection belonging to Mr. K. Kawaura has long been known to collectors of Nishiki-ye... here one may study prints which are rarely offered for sale. Besides the many fine examples of famous prints, there are many which have never previously come under my observation -- a fact which in a measure attests to their rarity." 
Price: 950.00 USD
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The Iba Sites, A Report on the Archaeological Excavation, 1949-1950 [Ibaiseki], Higuchi, Kiyoyuki; Nakagawa, Tokuji; Kaneko, Kazushige; Takayanagi, Satoru
15 Higuchi, Kiyoyuki; Nakagawa, Tokuji; Kaneko, Kazushige; Takayanagi, Satoru The Iba Sites, A Report on the Archaeological Excavation, 1949-1950 [Ibaiseki]
Tokyo, Japan Kokugakuin University 1953 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Presumed first and only edition, 1953 [Showa 28]. Published by the Archaeological Investigation Group of Kokugakuin University. This edition with primary text in Japanese, and with secondary text in English. Printed and bound in Japan. NOT ex-library. Plain paper-covered hardboards in burnt orange and gray. With mostly black-stamped lettering. Very clean binding, somewhat age-faded and with light edge-wear. Unbumped spine head and tail, and with fairly sharp corners. Text block firmly bound in. 10.25 x 7.25 inches. 116 text pages followed by 23 pages of plates followed by 4 pages of explanatory text in English. With XXIII full-page B&W plates, highlighting pottery, wooden objects and other relics unearthed at the site. Also with dozens of B&W line drawings throughout the text section. On the front FEP a gift inscription in English in a neat ink hand, " To: Mr. Heron from Kazushige Kaneko, at American Embassy Library, Sept. 18, '53." Else very clean, inside and out. A Very Good Minus. Rare in any condition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Suzuki Harunobu: An Exhibition of his Colour-prints and Illustrated Books on the Occasion of the Bicentenary of his Death in 1770, Hillier, Jack
16 Hillier, Jack Suzuki Harunobu: An Exhibition of his Colour-prints and Illustrated Books on the Occasion of the Bicentenary of his Death in 1770
U.S.A. Boston Book and Art Shop 1970 0843520051 / 9780843520057 First Edition Buckram Near Fine Very Good Minus Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Harunobu 
Primary text in English and secondary text in Japanese. Printed and presumed bound in Great Britain. Black buckram binding, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. 12.25 x 9.25 inches. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Text block firmly bound in. With 239 numbered pages interspersed with 10 color and 125 B&W plates The color plates are full-page and on semi-glossy stock. An very clean copy, and rather tight. Full-pictorial DJ, not price-clipped. The dust jacket with age yellowing and with wrinkling/wear along vertical edges as well as along the top of the front. A Near Fine copy in a Very Good Minus DJ. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Tomb of Painted Basket of Lo-Lang, Detailed Report of Acrhaeological Research, Volume I, Koizumi, Akio; Hamada, Kosaku
17 Koizumi, Akio; Hamada, Kosaku The Tomb of Painted Basket of Lo-Lang, Detailed Report of Acrhaeological Research, Volume I
Keijo (Seoul), Korea Chosen Koseki Kenkyu Kwai 1934 First Edition Buckram Very Good Plus Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
Subtitle is: The Tomb of Painted Basket and Other Two Tombs of Lo-Lang, being a Report of the Excavations in the Season of 1931 Carried out by the Society of the Study of Korean Antiquities. Japanese text by Akio Koizumi and English résumé by Kosaku Hamada. Published by Chosen Koseki Kenkyu Kwai (The Society of the Study of Korean Antiquities). Presumed first and only printing. Published 1934. Printed and bound in Tokyo. All plates printed in Kyoto. This book has primary text in Japanese and secondary text in English. Charcoal-colored buckram binding, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine and a crisp orange-stamped image to front board depicting a seated figure in robes. Generally unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Immensely clean binding. 12.5 x 10 inches. As to the text in Japanese, with 23 and 111 and 8 numbered pages. Plates section of unnumbered pages, including CXXXI (131) numbered, full-page plates and 50 illustrations (mostly line drawings and a few rubbings). Plate I is a general map, in color, of the ancient cemeteries of Lo-Lang. Plate XXXII is a tipped-in color plate of tomb-chambers. Additionally there are nine full-color plates, especially emphasizing the painted basket itself. All other plates are collotype in sepia-tone or B&W. Additionally there are two color frontispiece plates present. Most color plates with tissue guards. Identification and brief commentary appears in Japanese and in English on each plate page. As to the text in English, with xi and 28 numbered pages. An exceptionally clean copy, and very tight. Either unread or very gently read. Probably originally issued with a glassine dust jacket; no dust jacket is present. Overall a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy. Extremely scarce in any condition. Early in the 20th century a great number of the ancient tombs of the T'ang Dynasty were excavated at Lo-Lang (also known as Lo-Yang) in present-day North Korea. During that ancient dynasty Lo-Lang was under Chinese control. In 1931 Tomb No. 116 of Nanseiri, among other Han Dynasty tombs, was selected for research, and this unexpectedly revealed the most wonderful remains, including a painted basket in the tomb's perfectly preserved wooden chambers. 
Price: 4950.00 USD
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Oriental Ceramics: the World's Great Collections, Vol. 12. the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Koyama, Fujio; Pope, John
18 Koyama, Fujio; Pope, John Oriental Ceramics: the World's Great Collections, Vol. 12. the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Tokyo, Japan Kodansha International 1977 First Edition Decorative Cloth Near Fine Limited Edition Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
This is a bilingual edition in English and in Japanese. This is Volume 12 from the deluxe first edition of the series. When the series was reissued this became Volume 11. Thus the present volume is the limited edition, not the standard edition. This is copy no. 260 of 300 copies only. Printed in Japan. Bound by Toppan Binding Company, Tokyo, with a gold-stamped stylized flower pattern motif from a Chinese celadon vase of the Sung Dynasty, on cloth specially woven for this edition. The cloth is a striated light ecru fabric. Also with crisp, gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. The binding is immensely clean. 14.5 x 10.5 inches. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Text block firmly bound in. With 315 numbered pages. (The reissue has 179 numbered pages.) With 95 color plates and 278 B&W plates, plus 34 B&W reference illustrations. (The reissue has 90 color plates and numerous monochrome plates.) Color plates printed in four-color letterpress. All color plates are full-page and tipped-in, and all are on heavy-weight, semi-glossy stock. No remainder marks. Very subtle vertical page ripple to the first 23 pages of text, hard to notice. An exceptionally clean copy. Either unread or very gently read. No DJ, as issued. Housed in a fabric-covered, heavy-duty clamshell box. The box in a turquoise and brown heather-like fabric. Crisp black-stamped lettering to the box with medium blue flower pattern motif. The distinctive hand-made box was made by Chobido Company, Tokyo. The clamshell box is exceptionally clean and sturdy, with very subtle fading near the edges. A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine clamshell box. Scarce in any condition. Principally featured in this work are Chinese and Japanese ceramics but also represented are some Korean and Islamic ceramics. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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Representative Flower Arrangements of Present-Day Japan, Vol. IIII, Maeda, Koyo
19 Maeda, Koyo Representative Flower Arrangements of Present-Day Japan, Vol. IIII
Hiraoka, Osaka, Japan Hanano-Shiori-Sha 1940 Presumed First Edition Cloth Very Good Plus Very Good Minus 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Kawahara, Etsujin 
Vol. IIII (IV) of a series. This publication is bilingual in English and Japanese. Preface dated Autumn, Showa 15. Printed and bound in Japan. Golden-beige silk [or silk-like] fabric boards with purple ribbon ties. Presumed stab-sewn under-binding, with some attractive brocade work at the spine head and tail. With handsome paper title label to the front board. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Exceptionally attractive and unsoiled binding. Oblong, 8.75 x 12 inches. Text block firmly bound in. Handmade paper pastedowns/FEPs. With dozens of full-page color paintings of flower arrangements, each with corresponding notes. With the small sticker of the original bookseller, T. Z. Shiota, to the rear pastedown. No foxing or other demerits observed. An exceptionally clean volume, with evidence of moderate shelf life. Very gently read. No remainder marks. In the original medium-duty, plain manila paper slipcase with black-stamped lettering. A Very Good Plus copy in a Very Good Minus slipcase. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Nihon [Nippon] Toji Taikei, Vol. 10; Japanese Bizen Ware Ceramics, Matasaburo, Katsuro
20 Matasaburo, Katsuro Nihon [Nippon] Toji Taikei, Vol. 10; Japanese Bizen Ware Ceramics
Tokyo, Japan Heibonsha 1989 4582235107 / 9784582235104 Presumed First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Primary text in Japanese with ancillary text in English. Presumed printed and bound in Japan. Paper hardboard binding, with crisp green-stamped lettering to the front board and to the spine. 10.25 x 7.25 inches. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Text block firmly bound in. 129 numbered pages. Heavy coated stock with 90 stunning colorplates, some full-page, numerous B&W illustrations, and small map indicating kiln sites. An immaculate copy, and very tight. Either unread or very gently read. Lovely full-pictorial DJ, unclipped. Just a hint of rubbing to the DJ. DJ in a clear Mylar DJ protector. A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine DJ. "Unglazed yakishime ware, which had centered on the production of jars and mortars since medieval times, began to receive more attention as the rustic wabi-cha style of tea became more popular. Shigaraki and Bizen ware were introduced to the tea ceremony from early on among the Japanese-style ware, and there are references to a Shigaraki Mizusashi (shigaraki water jar) and Mizusashi Hisen-mono (water jar of Bizen ware) in records of tea gatherings. In many cases, utensils made for everyday use were adopted in the tea ceremony, such as a domestic vessel known as an onioke (cylindrical jar) which was used as a water jar in the tea ceremony. There are many fine examples of water jars and flower vases of Bizen ware, which has been prized for a reddish tinge in the body color, earthy texture of the surface and the solid, dynamic form. Water jars and flower vases of lga ware, made in the area around Ueno and Ayama in Mie Prefecture, also drew people’s attention. They were valued for their bold style, the exact opposite of uniformity, and were one representative of the preference for the 'beauty of irregularity.' The natural ash glaze known as biidoro (derived from the Portuguese term vidro for glass) and burnt reddish black color of fired Iga clay is especially appealing." 
Price: 150.00 USD
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