This book - a reprint of a 1908 volume - is a valuable reference for anyone who delves in the collection of Japanese objets d'art. In it are descriptions of more than a thousand historical episodes, legendary characters, folk lore, myths, and religious symbolism to be found in the prints, masks, figurines, and other artifacts of Japan.
With more than 700 illustrations, including 16 full color reproductions, Legends in Japanese Art is a carefully organized and catalogued presentation that will bring added appreciation to one's collection, whatever it might consist of. It explains in an extensive account all the mysteries of the kitsune, or fox, one of the magical creatures abounding in the folk lore of the country. A special indexing method by prominent features or attributes of a specimen help facilitate research if the specific name of an object is not know. There is also a special index which allows the non-Japanese reading individual to locate the English translation of the kanji, or Chinese characters. Admittedly, this book, while comprehensive, is far from being complete. Indeed, as author Henri L. Joly says, "The number of subjects is so large that no collection can be found covering the whole field in an altogether satisfactory manner; it is, in fact, questionable whether such a collection could now be made.". Beginning with the author's own interest and collection, this voluminous end result was made possible by the cooperation of the author's friends and fellow collectors. Joly felt that it was "imperative lavishly to illustrate from actual specimens, carefully selected from amongst the best, the stories concisely told in this dictionary and thus to supply pictorial information not hitherto available.".
Published by Charles E. Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo, Japan, 1979
|Hardcover reprint of 1908 edition. 6th printing.||Air mail||Standard|
|Rest of the World||£37,00|