Hardcover. New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1st, 1998, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 480 pages. Oversize hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket edges. This lavishly produced catalog accompanies an exhibition of Edo-era art at the National Gallery in Washington. Edo, as Tokyo was known before 1868, was the cradle of a bold aesthetic that blurred the boundaries between traditional artistic disciplines and flourished in the centuries of national isolation enforced by the Tokugawa shogunate. Led by Robert T. Singer, curator of Japanese art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a team of scholars has assembled an impressive array of painting, ceramics, lacquer, textiles, woodblock prints, armor, and sculpture; many pieces have never been seen outside Japan. Rather than displaying the works by medium, the curators have chosen to divide them thematically into six groups: Ornament; Samurai; Work; Religion and Festivals; Travel, Landscape, and Nature; and Entertainment. Each section is introduced with an essay and packed with color plates, more than 300 in all.