Book The Art of Netsuke Carving by Masatoshi As Told To Raymond Bushell. Hardcover with hard slipcase, published by Kodansha International, 1981. Masatoshi is the last netsuke carver to belong to the great tradition of Japanese craftsmanship. A unique book by a master carver describing himself, his training, and his approach to his work. Chapters include Life and training, Tools, Materials, Carving and techniques, Polishing, Coloring, Subjects and sources, Designs and models. Each of the 356 carvings - ghosts, goblins, owls, lizards, kabuki heroes and Edo Period entertainers - is illustrated in color, as well as described in detail and accompanied by a smaller b/w photo. Glossary, bibliography, index. Size 12 x 9 inches, 236 pages, in excellent condition. Superb book for understanding netsuke carving.