Naturescapes: The Flower Arrangements of Tamura Suiko, 1987, Ikebana, Fine

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Clancy, Judith. Naturescapes: The Flower Arrangements of Tamura Suiko (Kyoto, Japan?: Judith Clancy?, 1987).
Japanese and English, Limited Edition, one of 500 copies, Fine, SC, oblong 4to, 8 3/4" x 11 1/2," 175 pp., including illustrations.

Bilingual text in Japanese and English. Multicolored pictorial paper wrappers with silver and white lettering printed on front and spine. Decorative silver (metallic gray) colorblocks printed on both flaps and back cover. Covers have slightly bumped tips and light rubbing, else pristine and intact, binding tight. Pages pristine and intact. Replete with printed color photographs in black-and-white and color of Japanese flower arrangements. A fascinating catalog of ikebana, or the Japanese art of flower arrangement, by Tamura Suiko (1908-?). Tamura, born Tamura Ryutaro, was a Japanese ikebana artist. His flower arrangements span a diversity of styles; some are relatively traditional while others are avant-garde and modern. For example, one of his arrangements is a metaphorical critique of war and shows a barren, austere arrangement of two separated camphor tree limbs representing two countries at war. Tamura was influenced by Zen Buddhism and Western art movements such as Cubism, Realism, and Surrealism. Back colohon: "This edition is limited to 500 copies of which this copy is No. __ [no number filled in]."