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. 137 numbered pages. Heavy coated stock with 83 stunning colorplates, some full-page, numerous B&W illustrations, and pull-out map indicating kiln sites and pottery markings. 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. "From the end of the Heian period into the late 11th and 12th centuries, the production of yakishime (high-fired) unglazed stoneware such as jars and mortars began in locations from the Tokai region to the Hokuriku region, the Tohoku region and in western Japan. Notable kilns firing yakishime stoneware were located in Tokoname, Atsumi (Aichi Prefecture), Echizen (Fukui Prefecture), Shigaraki (Shiga Prefecture), Tamba (Hyogo Prefecture) and Kaga (Ishikawa Prefecture). While the techniques followed in the path of early ash-glazed ware, stoneware was fired at high temperatures in oxidation. Although the works were unglazed, they were covered with deposits of natural ash from the wood firing, an effect which became one of the attractions of these pots. We can observe that at the time, glaze was already recognized for its decorative effects."