It always starts with the most innocent of messages, and this was not an exception. The fax read: An interesting rarity coming up at auction. See if you have it already or if you are interested? My interest piqued, I read on:
Tatsusaburo Kato. Kites of Japan, A Vanishing Art. Tokyo 1971. One color-woodcut and 13 colored original drawings on Japan-paper by Tatsusaburo Kato, each with a seal and in an envelope of Japan-cardboard together with a patterndrawing in two colors and a paper kite. Original folder in cassette. One of only 100 produced copies.
It was an auction description sent by a German print dealer. I was confused and thought this must be a description of the soft-cover, self-published Japanese Kites: A Vanishing Art, by David Kung. I knew Kungs book was published earlier in 1962, in factbut thought this might be another edition of the same material. Kungs book opens with a modern woodblock print and has 14 color kite paintings included. It just seemed strange that this description sounded so similar. Perhaps something was lacking in the German-to-English translation, but I was confused.