Very Good. 236 pages. 9 by 12 inches. Biographical section followed by color plates of the master carver's work and descriptions of each piece. With notes on materials, colors, signature, and year of completion. Later printing. A very good hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Fading to spine. In an illustrated slipcase with a touch of edge wear, thus near fine. Former owner's name and plate on front pastedown. A large, heavy book.
First Edition of this definitive monogram on Japanese netsuke as told to netsuke scholar Raymond Bushell by master carver Masotoshi, from the noted Krouners' Oriental collection, Signed and dated in the year of publication by Raymond Bushell on the half-title page. A fine copy in green cloth, (slight sun to the spine, tiny bookseller's ticket to the rear pastedown), gilt titles, decorated panel to the front board in the publisher's pictorial slipcase, as issued. Small folio. 236 pp. Profusely illustrated with 356 colour photographs and descriptions. Contents include: Index, Bibliography, Glossary, and Signature examples, Carving techniques, Subjects and Sources. An exceptionally nice copy of this key netsuke reference.
This is an outstanding book about netsuke carving. Unlike most other netsuke books, it actually explores how a netsuke carver works. Also includes a catalog of Masatoshi's work with many illustrations (both B & W and color)
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