Katsura: A Princely Retreat, Kodansha, 2nd Printing, 1982, Fine w/Slipcase

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Nishikawa, Takeshi (Photographer), Akira Naito (Text), and Charles S. Terry (Translator). Katsura: A Princely Retreat (Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd., 1982).
English, Second Printing, a Fine book in a Fine slipcase, HC,oblong 4to or fo, 10 1/4" x 14 1/2," 182 pp., including illustrations, Selected Bibliography, and Index.
ISBN: 0870112716

Gray cloth-covered boards in a multicolored pictorial paper-covered slipcase. Silver-foil lettering on brown (faded) book spine. Black lettering on white slipcase spine. Laid in is a folding color map of the modern-day Katsura Palace grounds. Covers have fading or sunning along spine and light rubbing, else pristine and intact, binding tight, sharp tips. Slipcase has light rubbing and slight wear to extremities, else clean and intact. Pages have light age toning and a few spots of edge wear, else pristine and intact. Replete with printed color photographs and black-and-white illustrations (including diagrams). Beautiful monograph showcasing Katsura Palace, also known as Katsura Imperial Villa or Katsura Detached Palace, in Kyoto, Japan. Katsura Palace was originally the abode of Prince Hachijo Toshihito (1579-1629), a Japanese court noble of the Sengoku period. Katsura Palace is an excellent example of traditional Japanese architectural design and shows Zen Buddhist influences with its inclusion of tea houses. Photographer Takeshi Nishikawa spent five years photographing the palace and its surrounding grounds during different times of the day and year.