Hardcover. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1st, 1992, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover. Accordion-fold folio. Wrap-around band torn and wrinkled but present. Minor rubbing to edges. Clean, tight copy. Foreword and Interview By Masahiko Yanagi. Photographs By Wolfgang Volz.
Hardcover. Berkeley CA, University of California Press, 1st, 1980, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 288 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Light soil on dust jacket covers. Clean, tight copy. Pictures throughout.
Hardcover. North Clarendon, VT, Tuttle Publishing, 1st, 2019, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 176 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket edges. A tight copy. Color photographs throughout.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Kodansha, 1st, 1967, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 187 pages. Large format. Illustrated with full color and black & white examples of of fine contemporary prints from Japan. Dust jacket shows wear with dime sized chunk missing at top of spine and piece missing at bottom left corner of rear flap. Clean, tight copy. May require additional postage. "Contemporary Japanese Prints" is a fine, beautifully printed folio book--just the way art books should be. Written by a key art historian and critic as well as museum director, it serves as an excellent and eye-opening overview of just what the straightforward title indicates, artistic prints by Japanese artists then currently active as of 1967. Kawakita's introduction is clear and concise but properly informative, defining this art form's general characteristics and then outlining its modern history, starting with its rise in the early twentieth century. Contrary to what one might expect, these prints are almost totally unrelated to Japan's rather famous ukiyo-e prints of the early modern period, these modern "hanga" instead representing the creative vision and artistic labor of one individual artist. And well, a picture's worth a thousand words, so the bulk of the book presents a selection of 150 prints by 119 artists--47 color plates and 103 monochrome plates.
Hardcover. New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 2001, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 232 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Color and Black and white pictures throughout. Focusing on Ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating or sorrowful world"), the colourful woodblock prints that are the most popular form of Japanese art, this book introduces the little-seen collection held by the Library of Congress. This collection of prints, drawings and books, one of the largest outside Japan, has never been exhibited and has rarely been handled. The art form of Ukiyo-e first flourished in 17th-century Edo (now Tokyo), depicting landscapes, portraits of courtesans and actors. This book includes known masterpieces by such names as Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kunisada, as well as rare and unusual prints that have not been explored before, and thus serves as a survey of its subject.
Hardcover. London, Merrell Publishers, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 256 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Very clean, unmarked copy still in publishers shrink-wrap. Illustrated with over 250 photographs and sketches. Future Beauty is the first comprehensive survey of Japanese avant-garde fashion of the last 30 years. Such designers as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo made an enormous impact on the world fashion scene in the late twentieth century, challenging established notions of beauty and turning fashion into art.
Hardcover. New York, Kodansha International, Reprint, 1984, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 228 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket edges. Black & white and color photographs throughout. A tight copy.
Hardcover. New York, George Braziller Incorporated, 1st, 1988, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, 192 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Heavy damage on 2 inches of bottom right corner. Otherwise, tight copy. Color pictures throughout. Endlessly experimenting with design, composition, and color, Hiroshige captured in these paintings, as no where else in his work, his poetic and idyllic sense of nature.
Hardcover. New York, George Braziller Incorporated, 1st, 1986, Book: Fair, Dust Jacket: Good, 256 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Clean, tight copy. Color pictures throughout. landscapes. Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, actually composed of 118 splendid woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art. The series contains many of Hiroshige's best-loved and most extraordinary prints. Like Venice and Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries, or Paris in the age of the Impressionists, the city of Edo, with its superb landmarks and its festive display of elegant urban life, exerts a special and compelling fascination. Hiroshige revealed the panorama of his city's activities with subtle and vivid visual anecdotes: fireworks seen from the river, fashionable geishas on parade, the kabuki district at night, intimate moments in the gardens and teahouses. It is a tour de force of artistic vision and printmaking craftsmanship. This edition has been reproduced from an exceptionally fine, first-edition set in the Brooklyn Museum of Art to insure maximum fidelity to the original prints. Henry Smith ex-plains the world of Edo in its twilight before the Meiji Restoration and the beginnings of a modern urban society. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary that discusses its artistic and cultural interest in detail. For anyone interested in Japan, the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is perhaps the finest guide and one of the greatest legacies imaginable.
Hardcover. US, Prestel Pub, 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 218 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Clean, tight copy. Color prints throughout. Minor wear on corners. Hokusai was one of the great masters of the Japanese woodblock print. His exquisite compositions and dynamic use of colour set him apart from other printmakers, and his unequalled genius influenced both Japanese and a whole generation of Western artists. This book reproduces the artist's finest works in plates that convey the full variety of his invention, each of which is provided with an informative commentary. In his introduction, Hokusai expert Matthi Forrer traces the artist's career and defines his place in relation to his contemporaries and to the history of Japanese art. Examining all genres of the artist's prolific output - including images of city life, maritime scenes, landscapes, views of Mount Fuji, bird and flower illustrations, literary scenes, waterfalls and bridges - "Hokusai: Prints and Drawings" provides a detailed account of the artist's genius.
Softcover. Washington, Smithsonian Institution, 1st, 1973, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 319 pages. Softcover with paper wrappers. Tape repair on top spine. Previous owner's bokplate on inside front wrapper. Tight copy. Black and white pictures throughout.
Hardcover. NY, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 416 pages, illustrated throughout with 445 illustrations including 200 plates in full color. Previous owner's initials on half title page. Light shelf-wear and rubbing to dust jacket. Clean, tight copy.
Softcover. NY, George Braziller , 1st, 1985, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, exhibition catalog, published in association with the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. 192 pages illustrated in color and b&w. Clean, bright copy.
hardcover. London, Phaidon Press, 2nd, 1954, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Fair, Hardcover. 139 pages. Contains numerous color plates tipped-in. Also contains black & white prints. Some rubbing to corners and spine edge. Dust jacket with edgewear, chipping, soiling, small tears.
Hardcover. US, Taschen, 1st, 1999-10-01, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 200 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Light edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Tokyo/Amsterdam, Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha/Abrams, 1st, 1964, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 554 pages, illustrated with hundreds of color and b&w plates of Japanese temples from the year 552. Photographs by Tatsuzo Sato, Shihachi Fujimoto, Yoshio Watanabe, Ken Domon, Yasukichi Irie, Yukio Futagawa. Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha. Bibliography. Large folio, brown silk cloth with gilt lettering. In a edgeworn green slipcase. Heavy volume, extra charges for priority shipping.
Hardcover. New York, George Braziller, 1st, 1990, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 231 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Very clean, unmarked copy with only minor edgewear. 124 color prints. 13 gatefold illustrations especially valuable: nearly 5 feet wide when opened. Textual material includes descriptions of each screen reproduced, a glossary, and short biographies of the artists whose work is presented.
Paperback. Norfolk, Virginia, The Donning Company, 1st, 1986, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 254 pages. Oversized, cover has light wear to corners and edges. Inside is bright and clean. Color and b&w illustrations throughout. A nice copy. Provides plot summaries for more than eighty episodes of a Japanese animated science fiction series and shares drawings and profiles of the main characters.
Softcover. Santa Monica, The Lapis Press, First Edition, 1987, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Non-paginated. Softcover with french flaps & light wear to edges. Previous owner's signature to front flyleaf. Pen marking to several pages in commentary sections. Poetry is clean & unmarked throughout. Black printed illustrations.
Hardcover. New York, Gallery Books, 1st US, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 390 pages, illustrated throughout in color. INSCRIBED BY YOSHIDA on half title page. Large, very heavy book. Light shelf-wear to dust jacket. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Boulder CO, Avery Press, 1st, 1986, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 94 pages, illustrated throughout in color. Light wear to boards, else a clean, tight copy. "Thirty-two Aspect of Customs and Manners": The series depicts women of different social classes.