[JAPANESE PAPERMAKING]. Edited and compiled by the Editorial Committee for the Tesukiwashi Taikan; editorial staff: Bunsho Jugaku [and others], with the cooperation of the Printing Bureau, Ministry of Finance, the Paper Museum, the National Papermaking Technology Association, and the National Federation of "Tesukiwashi" Makers' Associations. TESUKI WASHI TAIKAN. Tokyo: Mainichi Shinbunsha [Mainichi Newspapers], 1974. 5 huge chitsu cases (each box is approximately 21 x 16 x 6 inches and weighs around 30 lbs.) containing a total of 1001 mounted paper samples:1000 numbered samples, plus 1 unnumbered sample of Uzokogami (Vol. 1, prtfolio 5). Samples are mounted on and enclosed in kozo paper wrappers, either individually or in groups of 2-4, with explanatory letterpress. The paper samples are fine but for the usual and expected offsetting from samples that contain untreated organic materials, such as buckwheat, bark, etc., and a couple of samples that were treated with oil to boost their waterproofing qualities. The wrapper sheets are grouped and housed in colored paper portfolios within the chitsu cases. 7 text volumes (bilingual: Japanese and English, 14 6/16 X 7 5/16 inches, various pp.), some illustrated, some with samples. Limited to 1000 copies, this set is number 649.

Each of the boxes has a text volume comprised of a table of contents, essays that relate to the type of papers included in the portfolios in that particular box, and a list of the papers included in the portfolios, along with the names of their makers: v. 1. Kizukigami. v. 2. Sukimoyogami. v. 3. Wazomegami. v. 4. Kako washi. v. 5. Chiyogami. Katazomegami. The first box contains another volume of equal size; it is a "Chronology and Glossary" of papermaking, again in both languages, but with a Japanese-language (only) index to the complete set at the end of the Japanese text. The second box also has another dual language volume, it is a slim photo-essay, "How Japanese Make Paper By Hand," that is of equal size to the text volumes. All text volumes, except "How Japanese make paper by hand," are printed on double leaves of kozo paper, Japanese style, and sewn in paper wrappers, Japanese style.

A complete set, housed in the original, green cloth-covered clamshell boxes. All have some external spotting but are internally fine. Each clamshell box is housed in the publisher's protective cardboard carton with labels.

To quote from Soren Edgren's description of this work, from a catalogue published in 1978, "The beauty and value of this collection defy description. The numbered samples with their detailed bilingual data constitute a Papermaking Museum. Another undertaking approaching this magnitude is inconceivable today." It is the ultimate work on the subject.

In excellent complete condition overall.