London, Thames and Hudson, 1981 (first English language edition)/ 1980.
Quarto, 432 pages with 1105 illustrations (243 in colour).
Cloth; top and bottom edges slightly marked; an excellent copy with the slightly creased and rubbed dustwrapper with two very short closed tears.
'The impact of Japan on Western art was as immediate and almost as cataclysmic as the influence of the West on Japanese life. After Commodore Perry opened Japan's door to the outside world in 1858 - ending a 200-year period of total isolation - a wealth of visual information from the superb Japanese traditions of ceramics, metalwork, and architecture, as well as print-making and painting, reached the West and brought electrifying new ideas on composition, color, and design. One has only to see a celebrated painting by Monet, Degas, Whistler, or van Gogh, an Art Nouveau glass vase, or a lacquered hair comb side by side with its Japanese source to see how those ideas have inspired European artists' (front flap).