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Oka, Hideyuki & George Nelson, How to Wrap 5 Eggs: Japanese Design in Traditional Packaging, Sakai, Michikazu (photography), John Weatherhill, Inc. and, Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha, Tokyo, 1969, first edition, second printing, lg 4to (11.5" x 10"), HB, white glossy paper boards w/ black cloth spine, white embossed decorative titles, blindstamped design; black photographic dj w/ orange, yellow & white titles, gray decorative endpapers (map with key in red type), VG+ / VG. Corners bumped, slightly shelfworn. DJ has a 1/2" tear at top front corner, closed 1" tear at rear spine top edge, small loss & creasing at spine foot.

203 pp. 222 b/w photos, a few in color. A second printing of this 1967 classic design tome. 10 pp. of commentary on each item by Oka, as well as Nelson and Oka's essays at the beginning of the book. Most of the designs relate to food packaging and other perishables. The containers are constructed of completely organic products, e.g. hemp, clay, rice leaves, silk. Illustrates the perennial Japanese aesthetic ingenuity. Beautifully produced and scarce. See also our listing of the sequel, How to Wrap 5 More Eggs.    [Book ID # 1901]


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