Japanese Garden Construction
Seller ID: 1410
Tokyo: Domoto, Kumagawa and Perkins, 1939. First edition (pp. 302, index). Signed by Newsom on the dedication page. Illustrated with hundreds of fine b & w photographs, watercolour sketches, engravings from pen-and-ink drawings, etc., depicting virtually every aspect of traditional Japanese gardens-- e.g., 'stones of three directions', varieties of sleeve fences, garden maps showing harmonized trees and standing stones. Quarto (30 cm), bound in the traditional Japanese style in elegant green silk over boards, lilac ties, gilt titles to cover (in English) and traditional ink title label (in Japanese), silk headbands. Printed on fine doubled, french fold, Japanese mulberry paper. Newsom says in his note, "It is hoped that anyone, by means of this guide, will be able to design a scene with something of the feeling of far mountains and distant lakes." To this end he includes detailed accounts of the elements of the Japanese garden; significance of stones and their arrangement in the traditional garden; stone ornaments, walls, and tiles; fences, gates, and bridges; hill and pond gardens; formal and informal flat gardens; tea and passage gardens; constructing, planting, and maintaining the garden; garden construction including hills, ponds, waterfalls, mountain torrents and streams, islands, and moonlight gardens. Nine actual gardens are the subject of elegantly illustrated studies; together with lists of planting materials, a guide to existing gardens, and an extensive bibliography. Tips worn, small inked scribble on rear endpaper, short mended tear (5 cm) to ffep, light moisture marks to paper title label. Otherwise a fine copy of a scarce book.
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