Post by Saionji Shonagon on Aug 28, 2008 23:11:06 GMT -5
Happiness is wandering into the nirvana-on-earth that is Moe's Books in Berkeley. Tuesday evening I found an out of print edition of Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Ugetsu Monogatari), a translation of Ueda Akinari's 1776 collection of nine supernatural tales.
More importantly, I braved the tempting and expensive Art and Antiquarian room and found a copy of Jodai-Gire: 7th and 8th Century Textiles in Japan From the Shoso-in and Horyu-Ji by Kaneo Matsumoto. $125.00, softbound but in very good condition. It's in both Japanese and English with over 160 pages of full color plates of early textile fragments and roughly 50 pages of descriptive notes in English (plus 50 corresponding pages in Japanese).
After a bit of mental dithering, I took the plunge and bought it.
Don't hate me, but Amazon.com does not currently have Jodai-Gire in stock. Alibris.com's listing shows it at $150 (and the seller is Moe's Books, which means Alibris probably doesn't have it now). Antiqbook.nl has it for $160 Euros (252.64 US). Biblioz.com has it for $325 Australian ($279.37 US).
IF a copy turns up again and your budget can support the investment, it's an excellent addition to one's textile book library. The color plates are terrific and show off the textiles in great detail.
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