Vermont; Tokoyo: Charles E. Tuttle, 1963. gate fold frontis and color and b/w illustrations, glos., bibl., purple and white pictorial cloth. Fine/Nearly Fine. Fine condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper; price clipped on d.j). Item #100684
FIRST EDITION. Survey of the development of the kimono over 10 centuries, well illustrated with extensive supporting texts. The intention of the author is to pass on to other Westerners a warmer understanding and appreciation of the history of the Japanese people as it has been woven and dyed in the bright silken fabrics that they have produced so superlatively and worn so handsomely - and worn so well. This book is the first in English to present the full sweep of Japanese achievement in the costume arts, is essentially the story of the kimono and its evolution, for (again in the words of the author) "it is hard to think of any other costume which has so challenged the creative artist, or of any nation where the artist has responded so sensitively." There are 53 full color plates, 119 black and white plates, and12 line drawings in the book. It is also a book in which the specialist in costume design and decoration - and no less the the student of these arts - will find an abundance of informative detail and undoubtedly a valuable source of inspiration.