Tansu: Traditional Japanese Cabinetry. 1981. First Edition. NF HC Japanese Fol..
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Tansu: Traditional Japanese Cabinetry
Heineken, Ty; Kiyoko Heineken; Hugo Munsterberg
John Weatherhill Inc. 1981
Notes: Near Fine 4to 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" Stated First Edition. Black cloth over board with gilt-stamped illustration of a drawer-pull design to front, gilt lettering to spine. Near Fine black pictorial dustjacket featuring a full-color detail of a Japanese cabinet to front, full image of "Yonezawa wheeled chest (kuruma-dansu)" on back, white and red lettering to front and spine, black lettering to back and interior folds. Protected by a paper-backed mylar sleeve. Superior copy inside and out, with only the most minimal, unobtrusive wear to bindings, text-block, dust jacket and endpapers. [vi] xv , 247  pp., includes tan endpapers with bright red illustrations of a city being hit by ocean waves while citizens run with their belongings, 27 full-color plates, 260 monochrome photographs, maps and chronology of Japan, black illustrations of sea chest designs, diagrams and illustrations of joint types and assemblage, Foreword by Hugo Munsterberg, Preface, Introduction: A Reverance for Space, Part One: History, includes Origins and Early Development, Sea Chests, Meji Era: The Regional Tansu, Taisho Era: Mass Production, and Part Two: Techniques, includes Wood, Joinery, Metalwork, Finishing, Buying and Conserving. Includes Bibliography, Glossary, and Index. From the dust jacket: "This first complete introduction to tansu appreciation and care will serve as an authoritative guide for everyone who owns -- or dreams of owning -- a tansu. In addition, the technical information on joinery, metalwork, and finishing will appeal to woodworkers and other craftsmen."