(bonsai, bonseki, bonkei, saikei, penjing, pentsai, suiseki, hon non bo)
Compiled by Robert J. Baran
FIRST EDITION PUBLICATION DATE
1900 - 1949 + /
1950 - 1999
Most exhibition albums are not included due to their annual -- and, arguably, less unique -- nature.
Some readers might disagree with the range of art forms included herein (or the inclusion herein of several booklets.) While bonsai is the most recognized and practiced of this family, it does share many features with the others. Some practitioners of bonsai are also practitioners of one or more of the other art forms. A common philosophical origin unites all of these magical miniature landscapes.
To facilitate locating books on the various art forms herein, the following color coding has been adopted throughout:
Subject Code: penjing/Chinese school , viewing stones and suiseki , bonkei , saikei , indoor , bonsai/Japanese school , hon non bo
It is acknowledged that some degree of arbitrariness is involved. Generally, if one of the first five above art forms or styles is included in the title or is known by RJB to be significantly included in the work, then the entire entry for that title is colored other than black.
Please note that this is an ongoing project. ISBN-10 and -13s are being gotten from listings at
Amazon.com. As of 07/13/2003 we are now adding the text of dedications and original pricing. "Original
cover price" is the amount actually seen by RJB on a first edition work. "Original ad. price" means the price
listed during the year of publication or during the following year only in either a book review, book club ad,
or as otherwise advertised.
Specific thanks, so far, to
And very special thanks to George T. Cole, Jr., his wife Nobuyo, and her sister Hiroko Shinozaki of Fukuoka, Japan for their translations and thoughts on a large number of the Japanese titles (only 1850-1949 and 1950-1999 A-J have been entered thus far).
SOME OTHER SOURCES FOR THESE BOOKS
Some of the Book Covers can be seen at
http://www.yamadori-bonsai.info/Putz_Buch.html and http://www.bedinialejandro.com/asbonsai/libros/biblioteca.html .
An Analysis of the Titles Herein
As of 09/23/17, there were some 1,379 titles for non-periodical works on the above related topics listed in this section in 26 different languages. "Titles" are either original editions, including a few private printings but very few exhibition catalogs; significantly revised editions; or translations.
While this list is not complete, as the most comprehensive gathering of titles in our field to date, an analysis of its range is enlightening.
26 (1.9%) of these works were published before the year 1800,
18 (1.3%) are from 1800-1899,
59 (4.3%) are from 1900-1949,
875 (63.5%) are from 1950-1999,
and 401 (29.0%) so far are year 2000+.
430 (31.2%) of all the works listed are in English,
For the 48 (3.5%) works containing significant amounts of text in two
or more languages, the titles were counted under the first language listed only.
1036 (75.1%) of these works are listed as having a single author,
Books listed as by an "association" or by the otherwise nonspecific "editors" of a publisher have been arbitrarily counted here as having only one author.
The most prolific author/"translatee" thus far listed here is Keiji Murata with fifteen (15) single author entries and eleven (11) more as a co-author. Paul Lesniewicz is in second place. He has nineteen (19) single author entries and one (1) more as a co-author. Japanese author/illustrator Kyosuke Gun is in very close third place. He has thirteen (13) single author entries and six (6) more as a co-author.
Future analyses will also include percentage of total works being translations into at least one other language.
As more books are added, the above numbers will be adjusted.
At any time, RJB has at least a dozen possible additional titles which have not yet been added for various reasons, including confirmation of subject, date of publication, and author name.