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Published by Spring Books in London .
Written in English


  • Netsukes.

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Bibliography: page at end.

Statementby Werner Forman ; text by Lída Vilímová ; described by L. Boháčková ; translated by Iris Urwin.
SeriesA Spring art book
ContributionsVilímová, Lída., Boháčková, Libuše.
LC ClassificationsNK6050 .F613
The Physical Object
Paginationxxiv p., 50 leaves of plates :
Number of Pages50
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5842955M
LC Control Number61065967

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