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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Japan – Bunseido Press / Cannabis Press

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Described on this page are copies of miniature books in the Smith Collection published by a press in a country other than the United States.

Bunseido Press

Tokyo

Cannabis Press

Tokyo and Kasama

1977-

Shimura, Asao. Papermaking in Korea. Tokyo: Bunseido, 1977. 3 ¼” x 2″. Colophon: The papermaking research was undertaken from 11th till 26th in April, 1977. The papers were collected then. Writing, setting type, printing and binding by Asao Shimura at Bunseido, Tokyo, Japan. The type is mainly copperplate style, century old italic are parly used for the foreign languages. The type size in 6 points. The edition consists of 256 numbered copies of which a limited number is printed by the author. No. 244. Gp series I. Printed and bound on rice paper. 13 leaves numbered in Spanish. Page of footnotes, map of Korea, 5 pages of paper samples plus colophon. In wooden box with second miniature book of the same size printed completely in Japanese with the exception of some Arabic numerals scattered throughout. Mr Shimura tells me that the second book is about Korean Handmade Papers, published on June 26, 1977. It was translated from the Korean Book, 1973, Seoul.

Shimura, Asao. Nagashizuki and Tamezuki: Oriental and Western Methods of Papermaking. Kasama, Japan: Bunseido Press, 1977. 3 ¼” x 2″. Colophon: Asao made Marumi’s gampi paper 8. Tsuneo Naito, b 1948, makes 7 mitsumata and 6 gampi papers. He uses synthetic tororo-aoi. Yasuichi Kubota, b 1924, makes 4 Sekishu-hanshi. Yukio Hamaada, b 1931, makes 2 tegujo. Printed on Naito’s paper 7. The type is centry bold and italic. This limited edition consists of 128 copies which were stamped by Asao. No. 115. The first edition. C. 1977. Gp series II, 18 pages, 8 samples.

Shimura, Asao. Amate, Mexican Bark Paper. Tokyo: Bunsiedo Press, 1978. 3 1.4″ x 2″. Colophon: Tim Barrett made real amate paper (thin). Juan Manuel de la Rosa is a Mexican printmaker and papermaker, b. 1945. Printed on kozo paper (paper mulberry). The type is centry bold and italic. These 256 numbered copies were stamped by Asao. No. 38. The first edition. C. Asao Shimura. 1978 November. 9 pages. 3 samples. 6p series V.

Cort, Louise. Indigo Notes. Tokyo: Bunseido Press, 1978. 3 ¼” x 2″. Colophon: Formerly with the Fogg Art Museum, Mass., Louise Cort now lives in Kyoto. She is an authority on Japanese art and craft and recently completed a book on Shigaraki pottery. The indigo color samples by Asao Shimura. Printed on Philippine gampi (sarago) paper. Th type is centry bold and italic and 6 pt. These 256 numbered copies were stamped by Asao. No. 85. The first edition. c. Louise Cort. 1978 December. 14 pages. 4 samples. 6p series VI.

Shimura, Asao. US Papermakers ’78: Making Paper by Hand is a Coming Thing Among Us. Tokyo: Bunseido Press, 1979. 3 ¼” x 2 1/16″. Colophon: Paper pH is checked with pH sticks, very rough range 5-10, and distilled water was 5.5. Printed on gampi paper. The type is century bold and italic in 6 points. These 256 numbered copies were stamped by Asao. The first edition. No. 96. c. Asao Shimura, 1979 July. 20 pages plus 11 samples. 6p series VII.

Shimura, Asao. Suminagashi, Ink Floating. Tokyo: Bunseido Press, 1978. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: Asao made suminagashi samples, July of ’78. Printed on rice straw paper, zumiuchigami. The type is century bbold and italic and mincho in Japanese. These numbered 64 copies were stmaped by Asao. No. 32. The first edition. 1978 Bunseido. 9 pages of samples plus 7 prrinted pages.

Shimura, Asao. 14 IPH Conference in Mancester, U.K. 1978. 3″ x 2″. 8 leaves. wrappers nagashizuki, dyed manilla, hemp fiber, Indian hemp and banan fiber, manila hemp fiber and green seaweed, iris and manila hemp fiber. Printed in Japanese with a few Arabic numerals.

Bell, Lilian, and Ulista Brooks. Tapa, the Bark Paper of Samoa and Tonga. Tokyo: Bunseido Press, 1979. 3 ¼” x 2″. Colophon: The authors collected the material for this book during their Polynesian tapa research trip in April and May of 1979. Printed on kozo paper. The type is centry bold and italic in 6 points. These 256 numbered copies were stamped by Asao. The first edition. No. 220. C. Bell and Brooks. 1979 October. 34 pages. 4 tapa samples. 6p series VIII.

Shimura, Asao. Goshu Gampi-shi. Tokyo: Bunseido Press, 1980. 3 ¼” x 2″. Colophon: Printed on kozo paper. The type is Century bold and italic in 6 pt. The binding thread is indigo dyed Irish linen 80/2. These 256 numbered copies were stamped by Asao. The first edtion. No. 229. C. Asao Shimura 1980 March. Chika Naruko, fifty years’ experience making gampi paper. Intangible Cutural Property by Shiga Prefecture. Washi series I.

Shimura, Asao. Early Chinese Papermaking. Tokyo: Bunseido Press, 1980. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: The text is mainly translated from Mr PAN’s publications with his permission. The cover is a ceremonial paper oiled and decorated with tinfoil. Printed on Chinese bamboo papers. The type is century bold and italic in 6 and 12 points. These 128 numbered copies were stamped by Asao. The first edition. No. 42. Experimental hemp paper making simulating the later Han dynasty method. 18 pages, 8 illustrations, 8 Chinese paper samples. Colorful gold and red cover with Chinese figures. Sewn with red thread. Washi series II.

Shimura, Asao. Iroha-gami: A Paper Alphabet. Tokyo: Bunseido Press, 1980. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: Printed on hakuai-shi (mitsumata paper). The type is century bold and italic in 6 oints for the text and 12 points for the cover. These 128 numbered coppies were stamped by the author. No. 33. C. Asao Shimura. May 1980. Washi series, III. 48 fine handmade papers, 16 from Australia, China, Egypt (papyrus), Korea, Mexico (amate), Nepal, Thailand, Tonga (tapa), UK (parchment), USA and 32 from Japan. 26 pages. 6 illustrations.

Shimura, Asao. Aigamizome. Tokyo: Cannabis Press. 9 pp., 3 ¼” x 2″. Indigo Dying of Paper. 6 samples. Illustrations. 6p series 1. Written in Japanese.

Shimura, Asao. Tuuki Tsumugi. Tokyo: Bunseido Press, 1978. 3″ x 2″. Dyed Silk Fabric. Japanese text. Samples of dyed silk fabric.

Shimura, Asao. Marumi Gampi Paper Primitive Gampi Papermaking at Marumi’s Mountain. Tokyo: Cannabis Press, 1980. Colophon: Printed on mitsumata paper. The type is century bold and itlaic in 6 points. The binding is hemp leaf binding (asanoho toji). While staying at the cottage, a mice welcomed her and bit her nose. these numbered 100 copies were stamped by the author. No. 21. 10 pages, 8 samples. Washi Series, #IV. Sewn with blue thread in a patterned paper cover.

Thomas, Aliza. Mitnaan Paper in Israel. Kasama, Japan: Cannabis Press, 1981. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: Aliza Thomas, printmaker and papermaker, has lived in Israel since 1969, born in Holland. Printed on mitsumata paper. The type is Baskerville in 6 and 12 points from Mackenzie-Harris Inc. These two hundreds copies were stamped by the publisher. No. 153. Seven paper Specimens.

Shimura, Asao. Papermaking in France and Switzerland. Kasama, Japan: Cannabis Press, 1981. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: The author attended the 15th Congress of Int’l Association of Paper Historianns (IPH) at Basel, Switaerland, Sept. 20-23, 1980. Before the congress he visited the two French mills. The type is Baskerville in 6 and 12 points from Mackenzie-Harris Inc. Printed on mitsumata paper. These 200 copies were stamped by the author. No. 159. Contains an illustration of an old French mill and eight specimens of paper.

Koretsky, Elaine. Hand Papermaking in Nepal. Kasama, Japan: Cannabis Press, 1981. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: Elaine Koretsky traveled in Nepal and India in January-February, 1978. She has also spent time in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Phillippines, Morocco, Kenya, and Egypt, involved in papermaking research, particularly in the field of fibers and natural dyes. These 200 copies were stamped by the publisher. No. 159. 22 pages plus five samples.

Ragab, Hassan, Ph.D. The Making of Papyrus Revived Again in Egypt. Kasama, Japan: Cannabis Press, 1981. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: Dr. Hassan Ragab was the first Egyptian ambassador of the People’s Republic of China. He has been engaged in researching papyrus since 1968, after he retired the diplomat. Printed on Japanese mitsumata paper. The type is Baskerville in 6 and 12 points from Mackenzie-Harris Inc., San Francisco. These numbered 200 copies were stamped by the publisher. No. 174. 19 pages plus two samples. Dr. Ragab started the Papyrus Institute in Cairo in 1968. With samples of papyrus and pulped papyrus made at the Papyrus Institute.

Jixing, Pan. White Hemp Papermaking in Fenziang County, Shaanxi Province, Northwest China. Kasama, Japan: Cannabis Press, 1981. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: PAN Jixing (b 1931) is associate professor at the Institute of the History of Natural Science, Academia Sinica, Peking. The text is translated at the press from a portion of chapter 16 of “The History of Papermaking Techniques in China”, Japanese, edition, 1980; Tokyo. These 200 copies were stamped by the publisher. No. 190. 19 pages plus illustrations plus two samples.

Shimuro, Asao. Amate Making in San Pablito. Kasama, Japan: Cannabis Press, 1981. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: The author visited San Pablito in ’76, ’78, and ’80. Juan Manuel de la Rosa, b. 1945, is a Mexican printmaker and papermaker. Printed on mitsumata paper. The type is Baskerville in 6 and 12 points from Mackenzie-harris Inc., San Francisco. These numbered 200 copies were staamped by the author. No. 171. 22 pages plus five samples. Explains difference between paper, bark cloth and bark paper samples. Also illustrations and references.

Gampi Paper from Goshu. Tokyo: Asao Shimura, 1979. 3″ x 2″. 128 numbered copies.

Not found as of November 7,2006:

Shimura, Asao. Two Cut Outs on Amate Paper. Collected in Dsn Pablito, Mexico. 4″ x 2 5/8″ and 4″ x 2 _”. White on brown and brown on white.