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Mitsuhiro, Ohara (Artist); Mikoshiba, Misao (Translator); Temple, Charles R. (Adaptation). TAKARABUKURO: A NETSUKE ARTIST NOTEBOOK BY MITSUHIRO ("TREASURE BAG: A NETSUKE ARTIST NOTEBOOK BY MITSUHIRO") . Chicago, IL: Art Media Resources Limited, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

English translation/adaptation of the Japanese artist's notebook. One of the most beautiful books on netsuke ever published in the West. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. An austerely elegant production by Art Media Resources: Oversize-volume format. Orange Japanese raw silk cloth boards with white titles embossed on the cover, as issued. Art and text by Mitsuhiro Ohara. The original translation by Misao Mikoshiba has been updated by Eiichi Fukuda. The original artist's notebook itself has been adapted by Charles R. Temple. Portfolio of Mitsuhiro's netsuke appended at the center of the book. Printed on thick coated stock paper that is folded at the end and hand-bound in string at the spine in Hong Kong to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the artist's notebook by Mitsuhiro Ohara, a volume he wrote, kept, and preserved throughout his life, in which described how he made netsuke. "He set down brief descriptions of netsuke he had made or was in the process of carving. Mitsuhiro treated the document as a formal record of his creative life, prepared at leisure and with an eye for posterity" (Neil Davey). Very little is verifiably known about netsuke. The discovery and publication into English of Mitsuhiro's notebook (which he called "Takarabukuro" or "Treasure Bag") is a treasurable event indeed in both East and West. One of the greatest netsuke artists, Mitsuhiro provides not just a glimpse into one artist's private world, but an actual, first-hand account of his art's craftsmanship and exacting standards. Mitsuhiro's netsuke are beautifully photographed and presented as a Portfolio to complement the 252 texts he wrote. Sublime and exquisite, this is a "must-have" title for netsuke and Japanese art lovers and collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs. One of the greatest Japanese artists of all time. A flawless copy. . ISBN 1588860108. $100.00

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