TAKARABUKURO (Treasure Bag): A Netsuke Artist Notebook

Chicago: Art Media Resources, Ltd., 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed by Frances Bushell, the widow of Raymond Bushell and a noted collector in her own right, to fellow netsuke enthusiast Virginia Atchley on the half-title. "In 1974, Raymond Bushell, a passionate netsuke collector, was able to have a photocopy made of the original Takarabukuro (Treasure Bag), a notebook kept by the netsuke artist, Mitsuhiro Ohara (1810-1875), and carefully preserved by his family. In it, Mitsuhiro set down brief descriptions of netsuke he had made, or was in the process of carving. The artist wrote in sosho, a cursive form of Japanese handwriting, best described as 'running script,' and extremely difficult to read. Mr. Bushell asked his long-time secretary, Misao Mikoshiba, to undertake the laborious task of making a translation, an endeavor made especially difficult because of Mitsuhiro's handwriting. She produced a remarkable document, which, in adapted form presented here, is a guide to one artist's creative world." Adapted by Charles R. Temple. Modern Japanese Translation by Eiichi Fukuda, with the Cooperation of Katsuhide Akabane and Masanori Watanabe. Foreword and Afterword by Neil Davey. Oblong quarto. Original brown cloth binding, with cream titles. Issued without a dust jacket. A very good copy. Very good. Item #70131
ISBN: 1588860108

Price: $50.00

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