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.