Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #9196
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993. First Edition. Octavo (25x19x2.5cm); xvi + 231pp, including bibliography and index. Ten color plates; 67 B&W images.
Photographic dust jacket. Black cloth boards with gilt spine stamping (and a dot, just a dot, of maroon). Both jacket and volume are Near Fine, impeccably clean, unworn, and seemingly unread.
Masuda Takashi (1848-1938) directed the Mitsui Trading Company—still alive and growing and ginormous today. He used his wealth and influence to nourish, some would say to establish, the modern Japanese nexus of art connoiseurship and dealing. He pressured his executives into becoming collectors and connoisseurs, an interaction—corporate, hierarchical, and personal—that one would like to have watched mischievously from behind the rim of a raku teacup.