Asao Shimura correspondence with Gilbert Beale regarding Japanese papermaking
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Japanese papermaker Asao Shimura (1950- ) is an authority on papermaking techniques and historical papermaking processes. He has published over twenty-five miniature handmade books on the history of papermaking and natural dyeing processes.
Shimura grew up in Tokyo and attended Tokyo Technical College, where he studied industrial chemistry and water analysis. After graduating in 1971, Shimura conducted an extensive tour of traditional papermaking and natural dyeing techniques throughout Japan. With a small platen press, Shimura began producing miniature books under the imprint of the Bunseido Press, which later became Cannabis Press (also referred to as CP). In December 2008, Shimura changed the press's name to Asa Press.
Koretsky, Donna. "Asao Shimura."Hand Papermaking (Winter 1989: 23-25). Shimura, Asao. "CV of Asao Shimura." Last modified August 2012. http://asapress.info/images/books/CV_Asao_Shimura.pdf (accessed March 5, 2014).
Japanese papermaker Asao Shimura exchanged letters discussing Japanese papermaking with English printer Gilbert A. Beale between 1978 and 1980.
The correspondence includes receipts for paper purchases made by Beale and lists of other available items to purchase, including papermaking tools and Shimura's miniature books. Shimura and Beale discussed paper samples according to size and weight. The two also speculated on the etymology of washi (Japanese paper) names, such as kozo, mitsumata, gampi, and kuwa. Shimura also printed his Bunseido Press newsletters on his handmade paper; in the newsletters Shimura announced travel plans for workshops and lectures.
Also included is a letter from Shimura to Donn W. Sanford, who had inquired about Shimura's miniature books he had obtained from Beale. There are also two envelopes for which there are no associated contents.
Box 66, F0946: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.
Purchase, May 2013.
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- Shimura, Asao
- Shimura, Asao--Correspondence
- Beale, G. A. (Gilbert Alexander)--Correspondence
- Beale, G. A. (Gilbert Alexander)
- University of Delaware Library Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- 2014 March 06
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Includes printed receipt; lists of papermaking tools and titles by Shimura available for purchase; an issue of Shimura'sGood News newsletter (January 25, 1979); an invoice; and Shimura's envelope addressed to Beale.
Includes a price list for Shimura's handmade paper, five paper samples, a receipt from Bunseido Press, and Shimura's envelope addressed to Beale.
Beale inquired about the naming of Japanese paper, the uses of indigo paper, printing on Amate paper, and Japanese governmental watermarking.
Shimura explained naming conventions in Korean papermaking and some of the uses of indigo. Also included is a price list of various types of paper with price adjustments in Shimura's hand, fourteen paper samples, and Shimura's envelope addressed to Beale.
Includes an invoice and Shimura's envelope addressed to Beale.
Includes three issues ofCannabis Press News newsletter, four paper samples, and lists of paper and titles available for purchase.
Also includes a paper sample and Shimura's envelope addressed to Sanford.
List of paper types written in Shimura's hand.