Poestenkill, NY: Kaldewey Press, 1998.
Quarto. 28pp., frenchfold. One of forty copies. Signed by the author/artist, Gunnar Kaldewey. This book is inspired by the notion of "nature as art." The first text page poetically states: "Books are like gardens that one can carry/around; gardens are like books that one can/experience, promenade through or get lost..."... more
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NY: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1977.
Small square quarto. (14)ff. First edition, inscribed by Anno. Illustrated throughout with Anno's delicate watercolors, this engaging counting book shows how numbers and mathematics are part of the everyday world around us. A former teacher who has become one of Japan's leading illustrators, Anno believes that all children are mathematicians... more
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(France / China: c. 1900).
Octavo. (22)pp. Album of Chinese landscapes in original watercolors, facing depictions of women's antique costumes painted on silk, interleaved with tissue. "Chinoiserie" refers to European art characterized by imagery of a romanticized China, and it appears that the brightly-colored landscapes in this album were done later than the silk paintings,... more
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Tokyo: Kenkyusha, (1956).
Small octavo. First edition. A series of interviews, conversations at seminars, and speeches, including Faulkner's Nobel Prize speech, edited by Robert A. Jelliffe, Fulbright Lecturer in Kobe College. Spine lightly toned, else fine in gray cloth boards with white cloth spine. Dust wrapper has one corner clipped and shows toning,... more
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Sydney, Australia: Beacon Press, 1948.
Folio. 53pp. One of forty deluxe copies, signed by the author. A lovely production, illustrated with thirty-six color plates. The plates are genuine prints: beautifully made modern reproductions of the originals, done in Japan. The text traces the rise and fall of the Ukiyo-ye school of Japanese wood-engraving, from its... more
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NY: Macmillan, 1904.
Octavo. First edition. Hearn's work introduced the West to Meiji-era Japanese culture and contributed to the mania of Orientalism that began sweeping through Europe in the late nineteenth century. This book was published shortly after Hearn's death in September 1904. In brown cloth with gilt lettering and a Japanese device.... more
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(Poestenkill, NY: Kaldewey Press, 1999).
Large quarto. 6ff., accordionfold. One of thirty-eight copies on handmade paper. Signed by the publisher, Gunnar Kaldewey. This was the first book of the Kaldewey Press to utilize the technology of the computer, Photoshop, and an Epson printer, in creating the color illustrations. With an accompanying audio CD of the... more
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(Lexington, KY: Anvil Press, 1983).
Two quarto volumes. 72; 17pp. One of 150 copies. Designed and printed by Carolyn Hammer with the assistance of W. Gay Reading and Paul Holbrook in red and black Hammer Uncial on Iyo Glazed paper. Bound by Hammer, Reading, and Susan Coates in black cloth with printed label. Li Po's... more
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Kyoto: Geisodo Yamada Naosaburo, 1911.
Small folio. Folding album consisting of twelve ink wash and color prints on thirteen sheets, each bearing Seiho's chop mark. One of the key figures of modern Japanese painting, Seiho (1864 - 1942) absorbed elements of European-style painting -- Impressionism, in particular -- and successfully fused them into traditional Japanese... more
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(Japan: c. mid-nineteenth centur.
Small quarto. (27)ff. A handmade book of delicate Japanese brush paintings of common birds, ranging from sparrows and songbirds to ducks and other fowl. The paintings are executed in a style similar to sumi-e. They are predominantly monochromatic with subtle gradations of black ink, accented with washes of brown, yellow,... more
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Shanghai: Commercial Press, 1926.
992pp. A miniature English-Chinese dictionary, with the Chinese definitions given in Chinese characters. Some light wear and a stamp reading "China" to front cover, else fine in textured, printed brown wrappers. Orange edges. (2 3/4 by 1 9/16; 70x41mm). ... more
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(20)ff. Text in kanji, a Japanese writing system derived from Chinese characters, illustrated with seven small black & white woodcuts of various aspects of the Buddha, all seated on lotuses, and one seated warrior. Probably a souvenir from a Buddhist temple. A slim, finger-shaped book in stiff orange wrappers with... more
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