Tokyo: Dai Nihon Yubenkai Kodansha (大日本雄弁会講談社), 1958. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto.  22pp. 80pp. . 130-188pp. . Illustrated beige, black and orange slipcase, white and orange lettering on the spine. Illustrated orange and black dust jacket. Tan buckram dust jacket with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Debossed black illustration on the back cover. Decorative tissue-covered endpapers. Illustrated title page and frontispiece plate both protected with tissue guards.
A beautifully produced monograph on the art and history of ancient Japanese clay Haniwa figures. These terracotta clay figures, used for ritual purposes have been excavated at numerous burial sites in Japan, dating from the Kofun period (300 to 710 AD) and includes 80 images of the objects, finely reproduced in b/w photogravure, as well as additional 12 tipped in plates of color photographic reproductions interleaved throughout (each tissue guarded). Index of objects and informative text, mostly in Japanese, with and index and summary text in English, preceding and following the plates.
Slipcase with some light age toning and light bumping to extremities. Dust jacket with minor rubbing to extremities. Binding with light bumping to some corners. Slipcase in very good-, dust jacket in very good+, binding in very good, interior in near fine condition overall. vg- to near fine. Item #48701
Alternate title: Haniwa, Clay Figures.