Craft Treasures of Okinawa
English Edition (Serindia)

 


Dust Jacket

 
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Kawakita, Michiaki
Hokama, Seiko
Tokugawa, Yoshinobu
Arakawa, Hirokazu
Kamakura, Yoshitaro
Kaneko, Erika (Translator):
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Craft Treasures of Okinawa, Tokyo, Kodansha, 1978, 10 1/2 x 14 5/8 in - 27.7 x 37.2 (large 4to), 294 pp. See below for the various printing/distribution systems for the English language editions. Lavishly illustrated with 200 full page pictures of the Okinawan crafts (33 black and white and 167 color). This book has been entirely translated into English. The covers are a mustard colored cloth. The book was issued with a dust jacket and cardboard slipcase.

This book presents examples of Okinawan crafts that were on display at an Okinawan Art Exhibition in the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto in October and November of 1974. The book is in two basic sections. The first is beautiful full page pictures of the crafts. Many of the illustrations show more than one object. Here is a summary of the full page plates:

	      B/W	Color
Ceramics		 31
Musical
 Instruments	8	  7
Lacquer Ware	9	 50
Textiles       16	 79

Total (200):   33	167
The book also has two full page maps.

The illustrations are followed by a discussion of Okinawan history, ceramics, musical instruments, lacquer ware, textiles, and notes regarding the photo plates.

 
There are at least three versions of this book. An edition that is all in Japanese. and the following two English language editions. The two English language editions are basically idential with the differences being in minor aspects. Both English language (US and UK) editions have 294 pages of numbered text.

1978 first edition for Japan distribution. I have not examined this book but assume that it is completely in the Japanese language.

1978 edition for United States distribution (ISBN 0-87011-330-5). This book has the Kodansha logo and name on the foot of the cover, dust jacket and cardboard slip case. The dust jacket has the price of $85.00. At the bottom of the inside flap of the dust jacket is "A 67 + Japanese characters (the first of which reads Okinawa). The page after the title page reads:

Distributed in the United States by Kodansha International USA Ltd., through Harper & Row, Publishers, Ltd., 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022.
1978 edition for United Kingdom distribution (ISBN 0-906026-01-6). This book has the Serindia logo and name on the foot of the cover, dust jacket and cardboard slip. In addition, the Serindia logo is blind stamped on the front cover. At the bottom of the inside flap of the dust jacket is the ISBN. The dust jacket has the price of £45. The page after the title page reads:
First published in the United Kingdom and Europe by
SERINDIA PUBLICATIONS
10 Parkfields, Putney, London SW15 6NH, England.
Printed in Japan in association with Kondasha International Ltd.

 
Collation (English language editions). The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Craft Treasures of Okinawa.

Contents (1 page), Forward (3 pages), Translator's note (1 page).

Full Page Photo Plates (page 13 to 222), 33 black and white and 167 color.

Text/Commentary/Balance of Book:

Okinawan History and Handicrafts (pages 223 to 232),
Ceramics ( pages 233 to 244),
Musical Instruments (pages 245 to 252),
Lacquer Ware (pages 253 to 260),
Textiles (pages 261 to 272),
Notes on Plates (pages 273 to 283),
Maps (pages 284 to 285),
Chronology (pages 286 to 288),
Bibliography (pages 289 to 290),
Index (pages 291 to 294).

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