Title: Bunraku Puppet Theater
Publisher: c. 1920s, perhaps, Japan and America
Publication Date: 1920
Book Condition: Very Good+
Cloth, colored illustration of Bunraku puppet heads mounted to "front" board (if proceeding as though this were a Japanese text); oblong 8vo (279x191 mm); continas two colored woodcuts of costumed puppets and 17 mounted silver prints showing 40 traditional puppet heads used in the Bunraku theater. Images range from 76x102 to 102x140 mm, and are faced by mounted text in Japanese, plus tipped-in handwritten English translations (spelling suggests America) recording the characters, notes, moving parts, and role each puppet plays. The first page reads, "To Dear Miss E. V. Ambrose / To Remember / R. Imai." Boards lightly rubbed, with some light chipping along the edge of upper board's mounted illustration. Only the first photograph is missing, otherwise contents are fine. Bunraku is a blend of storytelling and puppetry, first developed in Osaka in 1684, and achieving its peak popularity in the 18th century. The puppets are large, usually about half the size of the puppeteer. The main puppeteer wears bright robes and can easily be seen on stage, while his assistants wear black. Bookseller Inventory # D11312
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