A very rare and wonderful first edition of the book 'Japanese and Oriental Pottery' by Hazel H. Gorham, who is the wife of William R. Gorham, who is the forgotten father of Japanese industry, known for his engineering contributions to the Canon camera company and Nissan motors; Mr. and Mrs. Gorham emigrated to Japan in 1918, whereas both of them immersed themselves in the culture, literature, history and arts of Japan.
This book was produced in English in Japan, the dust cover is uniquely designed and cloth bound, having painted oriental symbols gracing its cover with a bone clasp; the book itself is silk bound on flexible board with hand drawn illustrations with painted accents, all the illustrated contents are faithfully reproduced by the publisher, representing the artist and his work. The book is signed by Mrs. Gorham herself, as well as both the artist and the collaborator, their names are clearly mentioned in the introduction and all signatures present on the title page. The book is 256 pages long, measures 8.5” x 6.25” and is in excellent condition, a nearly pristine copy being 58 years old. This is still a very useful and powerful source of information and is a classic and collectible in its own right.