Copyright © 2001 & 2002 John C. Loring
(Note: There are three critical resources for literature on Japanese Tobacciana:
First, Norman Sandfield has published a compilation that while titled “The Ulimate Netsuke Bibliography” (1999, Additions & Revisions, 2001) in fact includes the known literature on Japanese Tobacciana. This “Bibliography” is 384 pages long in the original with detailed indices and a 58 page “Additions and Revisions). A labor of love and a remarkable achievement.
Second, Benjamin Rapport, aka, ANTIQUARIAN TOBACCIANA specializes in tobacciana literature of all sorts, and can be reached at 11505 Turnbridge Lane, Reston, VA 20194-1220 (telephone: 703 – 435-8133) email email@example.com
Unknown, “’Longevity Herb’ or ‘Fools’
Plant’: A Brief History of Japanese Tobacco”
The East, Vol. XI, No. 2, February-March, 1975. An early but very good article on the history
of tobacco and smoking customs in
Raymond “Kiseruzutsu: The Japanese Pipe
Case” Arts of
Cunningham, Isabel, “The Japanese Personal Smoking Set” Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, vol 7 no 1, Spring 1987. Another excellent article on ‘personal smoking sets’ which ties together earlier articles on the subject.
Dawes, Leonard G. Dawes, “Constant Pleasure in Japanese Smoking Pipes” The Antique Dealer & Collectors Guide, October, 1978.
Holme, Charles “Japanese Tobacco Boxes” International Studio, Vol XIII, no 50, April (1901) reprinted in Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, Vol. 9 no 3, Fall, 1989. One of the first, if not the first article on tonkotsu, well illustrated for the time and still useful.
Lazarnick, George “The Signature Book of Netsuke, Inro and Ojime” (one volume) 1976.
Lazarnick, George “Netsuke and Inro Artists and How to Read Their Signatures” (two volumes) 1982.
While principally concerned with identifying netsuke signatures, significant attention is given in these three volumes to pipe case and tonkotsu signatures. (expensive – but absolutely necessary books for collectors of netsuke and Japanese Tobacciana from an ‘object d’art’ perspective).
William and Betty, “The Japanese Personal Smoking Set” Arts of
Parker, William and Betty, “A Compilation of Pipe case Artists” Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, Vol 4 no 2, Summer 1984 (with major errata corrections in “Oops … Errata” Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal Vol 4 no 3, Fall1984). A major ‘update’ of Bushell’s pioneering effort to identify pipe case signatures.
Quinet, Nadine and Philippe, “Kiseru, The Japanese Pipe”, Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, Vol 15, no 2 (1995?). The essential, and well illustrated, article for any one interested in kiseru.
Benjamin, “Tobacco Pipe Curiosities of the Orient” Arts of
Rokusho (Japanese Art Magazine), Vol 28 1999. This issue in Japanese and English offers ninety 8” x 11” pages of color photographs of tsutsu, tabako-ire and tonkotsu, a great value - recommended.
Ernest M., The Introduction of Tobacco Into
Seton, Alistair “Collectibles – Tobacco Trays” Daruma, Autumn 1995.
Barnabas, T. “Introduction of pipe
(Kiseru) smoking into
Szeszler, Denis “Tonkotsu” Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal Vol 9 no 3, Fall 1989.
Tobacco and Salt Museum “Tabako Bon” 1993
Tobacco and Salt Museum “Han Bon” 1990 [wood block printed books with many smoking related]
two hundred – three hundred 8” x 11” page volumes publish the collection of the
Tokyo Tobacco and
Kiseru and Yatate: Seijiro Maruyama Collection)". 1999, paperback. In Japanese but with sixty 8” x 11” pages of color photographs of kiseru, tsutsu and tabaco-ire, language is not a problem.
Verwilghen, Jean “Kiseruzutsu, Pipe Cases of Ivory and Stag Antler” Daruma,, #6 vol 2 no 2, Spring 1995.
Verwilghen, Jean “Kiseruzutsu (Pipe Cases)-Part II; wood and woven” Daruma, #10 vol 3 no 2, Spring 1996. An important, exceptionally fine and well illustrated two part article on pipe cases based on the authors exceptional collection.
Copyright © 2001 & 2002 John C. Loring