The Art of Arranging Flowers: A Complete Guide to Japanese Ikebana, Sato, Shozo. Published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1965. First Edition. Date based on LOC; no date noted in book). 1965. 4to 11″ – 13″ tall., 366 pp., 56 color illustrations, several tipped in; 428 black and white illustrations; four Appendices; index. Color photographs by Kiichi Nakamura, Eric Pollitzer, Teruhisa Yahagi, Shozo. Volume has decorative green silk boards with gilt titles and pictorial cover illustration; rust endpapers. Housed in plastic cover. Very light toning to edges and otherwise, volume is in fine condition; light wear to plastic cover.
“This book is intended as a complete introduction to Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Beginning with the history and development of the art, and its place in Japanese culture, we introduce the reader to the eleven basic styles. Next comes a large section devoted to vases, materials, tools, and methods. Text and pictures explain how to keep flowers fresh, how to select and prepare both fresh and dried materials, and how to make the most effective use of them. Twelve lessons in creating arrangements in the Moribana style, followed by a section devoted to advanced techniques and designs, both classic and modern, and to the setting of mood. Appendixes suggest ways to keep cut flowers fresh, tell how to make effective arrangements from one’s own garden flowers and what plant materials to combine, and describe the symbolism of plants and their enhancement.”