Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1961.
First Edition. Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". 325pp. Rather heavy wear to publisher's corrugated cardboard slipcase with pictorial title label, with cardboard lost at edge of top of slipcase, open tears, bumping, and sunning. Scattered rubbing to label. Moderate wear to price-clipped dust jacket, with open tears to spine and extremities, sunning to spine, and light surface wear. Gray cloth over boards, with upper board and spine lettered in red. A touch of shelfwear to binding, else fine, firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A lovely first English language printing in worn dust jacket and original slipcase of this definitive guide to netsuke, with information on the history of netsuke, the variety of materials used by the carvers, regional characteristics, and biographical facts of 1,342 netsuke carvers, illustrated throughout in 226 photographs in color and gravure. Near fine / good. Item #3714