This bids fair to be an exciting gift book for a highly specialized market- and an important addition to the art reference shelves of large public libraries. Unfortunately, only the text is available, a substantial text in which Michener conveys his own sense of the rich intellectual experience this study gave him, and the joy and fun of growing understanding of Japanese prints. There will be 20 reproductions in black and white, 40 in full color. The text is more than descriptive captions. It recaptures the backgrounds and influences of 200 years- 1660-1860- that encompassed the life and death of an art, singularly close in spirit to the modern mind. With the world's finest collections housed in Boston, Chicago and New York, this should stimulate interest.