Art Reference & Studies

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Seeing Zen

Zenga from the Kaeru-An Collection

John Stevens and Felix Hess

Presents 127 of the best Zen artworks (Zenga) from over 560 pieces covering the entire spectrum of the genre, both chronologically and thematically. The renowned collection was assembled by Dr. Felix Hess, assisted by Professor John Stevens, an acknowledged authority on the painting, calligraphy, and poetry of Zen. Each artwork is presented on a full page in full color, with accompanying Japanese text from the artwork, English translation, and a contemplative commentary.

344 pp, 8.3 x 11.7 (A4), Hardcover
150 color photos / Artist biographies
Zen / Japanese art / Buddhism
ISBN: 978-1-891640-97-1

The Iconic TATTOOED MAN of Easter Island


by Adrienne L. Kaeppler and Jo Anne Van Tilburg

An impressively tattooed Easter Island (Rapa Nui) man appears often in the pages of Pacific island history books and museum catalogs. His frank countenance belies the mystery that surrounds his identity. This book reveals who he was, who illustrated him, and how he transcended the tragic events of nineteenth-century Rapa Nui to become one of the best-known, most iconic faces of the Polynesian past.

64 pp, 8 x 10.25, Softcover with flaps
Shrink-wrapped in gift envelope
Fully illustrated, with Glossary, Notes, References
Rapa Nui (Easter Island) history & culture / Polynesian culture
ISBN: 978-1-7324952-0-3

James Lee Byars

Days in Japan

by Sakagami Shinobu

Born in Detroit in 1932, artist and aesthetic heretic James Lee Byars spent much of his adult life outside the United States and died in Cairo, Egypt, in 1997. No country influenced his development as an artist more profoundly than Japan, where he lived for most of the decade from 1958 to 1967. Written by a Japanese art historian who spent fifteen years researching the life and work of Byars, this is a seminal volume that satisfyingly elucidates the link between his art and Japanese culture.

200 pp, 6.6 x 8.25, Hardcover
100 images
Avant-garde art history / Japanese art history
ISBN: 978-1-891640-91-9

An Index of Early Chinese Painters and Paintings

T'ang, Sung, Yüan

by James Cahill

The most comprehensive English-language compilation on Chinese painters and their works from the late 6th through the mid-14th century.

402 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
Chinese art / Art reference
ISBN: 978-1-891640-10-0

Japanese Art Signatures

A Handbook and Practical Guide

by James Self and Nobuko Hirose

Designed for both layman and scholar, its simplified approach allows users to find and identify over 11,000 names of Japanese artists and craftspeople.

400 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
Thousands of b&w illustrations
Japanese art / Art reference
ISBN: 978-1-891640-09-4

Japanese Marks and Seals

In Literature and the Arts

by James Lord Bowes

This extremely valuable reference work remains a fundamental resource for all students, scholars, connoisseurs, and collectors of Japanese art and literature.

380 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
Japanese art / Art reference
ISBN: 978-1-891640-11-7

Japanese Names and How to Read Them

A Manual for Art Collectors and Students

by Albert J. Koop and Hogitaro Inada

The pioneering work of Koop and Inada remains an important and fundamental reference for those wishing to master the pronunciation of Japanese names.

572 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
Japanese art / Art reference
ISBN: 978-1-891640-13-1

Substance and Symbol in Chinese Toggles

With a Catalogue of the C.F. Bieber Collection

by Schuyler Cammann

This detailed and scholarly work is the first in any Western language to discuss the Chinese toggles that preceded the more well-known Japanese belt ornaments known as netsuke.

256 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
186 monochrome illustrations, glossary, index
ISBN: 978-1-891640-30-8

A Dictionary of Japanese Artists

Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer

by Laurance P. Roberts

The pertinent facts related to approximately 3000 painters, printmakers, sculptors, potters, and lacquerware makers born before 1900 are concisely listed.

312 pp, 7.5 x 10, Soft
Includes over 3000 artists born prior to 1900
Japanese art / Art reference
ISBN: 978-1-891640-19-3

Painting and Performance

Picture Recitation and Its Indian Genesis

by Victor H. Mair

Traces the global development over a thousand years of a genre of popular Buddhist folk literature, pointing out its origins in India as a form of oral storytelling using painting as a visual aid, and showing how that form has influenced performance and literary traditions in India, Indonesia, Japan, Central Asia, the Near East, Italy, France, and Germany.

304 pp, 6.25 x 9.5, Soft
8 pp color illus, 100 b&w illustrations
Maps, notes, bibliography, index
Literature / Chinese literature
ISBN: 978-1891640-55-1


Art and Ownership in Edo-Period Japan

edited by Elizabeth Lillehoj

Considers how and why people bought, sold, donated, and received works of art in the Edo period (1600–1868), contributing to a fuller comprehension of the vital connections between Japanese art and its audiences.

208 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
64 b&w illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index
ISBN: 978-1-891640-50-6

Heaven Has a Face; So Does Hell

The Art of the Noh Mask

by Stephen E. Marvin

An extended treatise on the history of Noh and the evolution of its masks, showcasing in full color over 140 of the finest examples with detailed information on their creation, character, and significance, as well as photos of their backs showing inscriptions and artists’ signatures.

416 & 352 pp, 8.5 x 11, Hard, two volumes, boxed, limited to 1200 copies
150 full color, 220 monochrome illustrations, bibliography, glossary, index
Japanese art & collectibles / Theater arts
ISBN: 978-1-891640-32-2

The Traditional Theater of Japan

by Yoshinobu Inoura and Toshio Kawatake

The first book in English to present a comprehensive history of Japanese theater, written by two Japanese authorities in the field and copiously illustrated with photographs of performances, costumes, masks, and implements.

272 pp, 6 x 9, Soft
130 b&w photos, appendixes, index
Theater / Japanese culture
ISBN: 978-1-891640-40-7

The Noh Theater

Principles and Perspectives

by Kunio Komparu; translated by Jane Corddry and Stephen B. Comee

The first work in either English or Japanese to offer a comprehensive explanation and analysis of the principles of the Noh theater, painstakingly outlining both its technical principles and its philosophical perspectives.

400 pp, 6 x 9, Soft
60 monochrome photos, numerous charts and diagrams, glossary-index
Theater / Collectibles
ISBN: 978-1-891640-17-9

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