Tokyo: Meiji-Shobo, 1959. First Edition. Quarto (30cm). Cream vellum boards, stamped in gilt; illustrated dustjacket; 75pp text and [26pp] of photographic plates, followed by xxiv tipped-in paper specimens. This copy inscribed on second blank: "To Mrs. Bernarda B. Shahn, with the compliments of Bunsho Jugaku," dated in 1970 and with the author's address penned above the inscription. Boards slightly toned at edges, else a fine copy in slightly worn dustwrapper with several short tears and losses to edges. All 24 paper specimens are present and in fine condition.
In addition to being an internationally recognized William Blake scholar, Jugaku was among the first Japanese academics to investigate the social history of traditional Japanese craftspeople. He helped to lead the post-war Japanese folk-craft revival movement, and became a leading authority on traditional paper-making techniques. It's likely that he and Bernarda first met on one of the Shahns' several trips to Kyoto in the 1960s.