Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #9052
New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2001. First Edition. Octavo (26x20x3cm); 336pp., including chronology, glossary, bibliography, and index. Photographic and documentary images throughout, largely in color. Illustrated dust jacket. Black boards with copper spine stamping and blind-stamped Japanese characters on front panel.
Both jacket and volume Near Fine in all aspects; textblock unmarred and unmarked.
The symbology covered in Baird's survey ranges from cosmology to board games, treating, along the way, plant and animal life, demons and deities, flywhisks and "raincoats of invisibility." These last being especially hard to photograph.