With particular attention to pre-historic and folk pottery, the author (who also did the Arts of Japan: An Illustrated History) has provided an essential book for established collectors as well as an expert guide for beginning fanciers. There is knowledgeable advice on the methods of collecting, the prime sources for collectors and the prize items to be watched for. Professor Munsterberg notes that while the interest of art historians and connoisseurs of ceramics have been elsewhere during the last fifty years, Japanese scholars have been exploring and cataloging the long history of their ceramic arts. His guide pulls together for ready reference information previously scattered or unavailable in English. The generous supply of large and luminous color plates together with sharply detailed black and white photographs keeps the textual discussion visual at every point.