Books, new and used, current and out of print, and back issues of magazines and catalogues, all on the principles, methods, and examples of Japanese and other Asian arts. Single copies are available of some, especially used and out-of-print volumes.

The Book of Tea, by Okakura Kakuzo
with a foreword by Elise Grilli.  Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1956; 1990 printing.
In the course of describing the tea ceremony, the author, who with Ernest Fennellosa was instrumental in preserving Japan's culture against the rush to western ways, covers much of Japanese culture, with chapters on Taoism and Zennism, art appreciation, and flowers, in addition to those on the schools of tea, the tea-room, and tea masters.  A beautifully produced book covered with Japanese printed paper and in a slip-box as shown at left.  Illustrations include a portrait of the author by Shimomura Kanzan.   New, hardcover with slip-box, measures 4 3/4" x 6 3/4."  $26 postpaid.
Traditional Domestic Architecture of Japan, by Teiji Itoh, Volume 21 of the Heibonsha Survey of Japanese Art, New York and Tokyo, John Weatherhill, Inc. and Heibonsha, first English edition, 1972, fourth printing, 1982.
Illustrated with more than 100 excellent and stunning black-and-white photographs and 19 in full color, plus drawings and other illustrations, this volume in the well-known Heibonsha series covers the full range of achievement in the domestic house, minka, form durng some three centuries.  Hardcover with dust jacket, new (unused), measuring 7 1/4" x 9 1/4."  $45 postpaid.
Feudal Architecture of Japan, by Kiyoshi Hirai, volume 13 in the Heibonsha Survey of Japanese Art, New York and Tokyo, John Weatherhill, Inc. and Heibonsha, first English edition 1973, second printing 1980.
With a total of 161 illustrations, 20 in full color and 32 architectural drawings, this volume presents an absorbing study of the renowned architecture of Japan's feudal period, both the imposing fortified castle and the dignified shoin style.  Hardcover with dust jacked, new (unused), measuring 7 1/4" x 9 1/4."  $45 postpaid.
Study of Old Folk Art Accessories, a work in Japanese only, with no English text or captions, containing many black-and-white photos of various folk arts, mostly ceramics, but also some wood objects and furniture.  [More information to come, or  please inquire.]
Hardcover with dust jacket faded on spine, very good condition, measuring 5 1/4" x 7 5/8."  $25 postpaid.

Discover Japan:  Words, Customs, and Concepts, Vol. 2, (previously A Hundred More Things Japanese) by various contributors with a preface by Donald Richie, Kodansha International, Ltd., 1987.
The diversity that is modern Japan is faithfully reflected in this sampling of fascinating and fundamental words, customs, and concepts.  New, softcover, 4 1/4" x 7."   $10 postpaid.

Origami Architecture:  American Houses -- Pre-Colonial to Present, by Masahiro Chatani, Kodansha International, 1988.  Seventeen structures created from single sheets of paper cut and creased according to the detailed instructions.  Each is printed on heavy paper with plain back, but can also be copied for making multiple houses.  The designs are graded by difficulty, and a discussion of each structure -- which range from the Taos Pueblo to Mount Vernon -- and an attractive line drawing of the original structure accompanies each design.  New, softcover with dustjacket, 7 1/2" x 10." $17 postpaid.

Orientations:  The monthly magazine for collectors and connoisseurs of Asian art, Volume 23, Number 7, July 1992, Contemporary Chinese Art issue, with six articles on various subjects:   "Traditionalism, Reform, and Modernism in 20th Century Chinese Painting", "Aspects of Taipei Modernism in the 1980s", "Ambivalent Icons:  Works by Five Chinese Artists Based in the United States", "Measuring the Weight of the Written World:  Reflections on the Character-Painting of Chu Ko and the Role of Writing in Contemporary Chinese Art", and "Notes from Underground, Beijing Art, 1985-1989," plus regularly monthly features.  New, 8 1/4" x 11 1/4."   $10 postpaid.

Orientations:  The monthly magazine for collectors and connoisseurs of Asian art, Volume 24, Number 3, March 1993, with articles including "An Imaginary Exhibition of Chinese Paintings from the Freer Gallery," "The Umbrella in Japanese Art," "Iconography and Provenance:   Buddhist Art from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection," "Brian S. McElney's New Museum of East Asian Art," and "The Variegated and Magnificent Wall Paintings of Kizil," plus regular monthly features.  New, 8 1/4" x 11 1/4."  $10 postpaid.

Arts of Asia, Volume 23, Number 2, March-April 1993, Asian Art in the Cincinnati Art Museum issue, with an introduction and articles on "Highlights of Chinese Art," "The Arts of West Asia," "The Collection of Japanese Art," "Technical Examination of Chinese Bronzes," and "Luxury Arts of Lucknow," plus regular bi-monthly features.  New, 9" x 12."  $15 postpaid.

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