First edition, first printing. Signed and inscribed by the author to the potter Lucie Rie. Publisher's original grey cloth with titles in gilt to the spine. Lacking dustwrapper. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. A very good copy, the binding firm with a small bump to the fore-edge of each board and some minor wear to the spine ends. The contents with tanning to the endpapers are otherwise clean throughout.
Signed and inscribed by Bernard Leach in black ink on the half title page: "With my love to Lucie / Christmas 1959 / Bernard Leach". A superb association copy of Leach's account of his return to Japan following the Second World War, presented to fellow pioneer potter Lucie Rie (1902-1995). Born in Austria, Rie escaped Vienna in 1938, setting up a small studio in London. She briefly fell under the influence of Leach, but was never sympathetic to his earthier forms or his interest in Eastern pottery, developing her own delicate, modernist style. Despite this, the pair remained good friends, as indicated by the present book. A wonderful copy, connecting perhaps the two greatest figures in the history of British studio pottery.
Stock code: 19758