NOT the abridged edition; complete in two volumes. A bilingual edition, with primary text in English and with abundant ancillary text in Japanese. Presumed first printing, 2003. Produced and designed in the Netherlands. 11.75 x 10 inches. Medium blue fabric binding with crisp blind-stamped lettering to the front boards and spines. Unbumped spine heads and tails, with sharp corners. Gorgeous and unblemished bindings. Text blocks firmly bound in. With 271 and 278-600 numbered pages, including essays, appendixes and bibliographical references. Also with 613 color plates, several of which are full-page, of Hasui's ukiyo-e prints. Exceptionally clean inside and out. Scarcely a hint of shelf life to the book. Lovely full-pictorial unclipped DJs. In the original medium-duty slipcase, the case in matching blue fabric and red devices and lettering. A Fine set of two volumes in Near Fine DJs in a Near Fine slipcase. Absolutely indispensable for the serious student of Kawase Hasui or for the dedicated collector of his works. Kawase Hasui [1883-1957] is among the foremost Japanese landscape print artists of the 20th century. His work is characterized by a fascination with light, climatic conditions and tranquility. His oeuvre consists of over 600 designs, of which the largest proportion was produced for the initiator of the Shin hanga ('new print') movement, Watanabe Shozaburo. Hasui's lifelong contribution to the woodblock print medium was acknowledged by the Japanese government in 1956 with his being honored as a "living national treasure."