VSANA Library of Stone Appreciation Books

Book reviews in the VSANA Library of Stone Appreciation are intended to give readers an indication of the wide range of books available, primarily on Asian stone appreciation, but also on Western stones. Additional reviews are added to this site each month. They are presented in the country where they are produced. Unfortunately, some of the books are out of print and difficult to obtain.

The VSANA Library currently consists of three parts—the Featured Book Review of the Month, the VSANA Library, and Buy Books.

• Feature Book Review features monthly one of the more important books published in field of stone


• VSANA library contains over 150 reviews in nine languages. The reviews are intended to give readers

     an indication of the wide range of books available on stone appreciation published globally.

• Buy Books is a new feature to guide our readers who may wish to purchase a book from reliable sources.

Featured Book Review

Mori, A. Ed. 1998.

Modern Famous Stone Catalog, Japanese Viewing Stones.

Ishi-no-bi sha, Tokyo, 221 pages, no ISBN number, no price given.

This attractive volume illustrates over 200 different stones from the collections of different individuals. Many of the stones were collected by the owners. Each stone is described along with what the owners felt about their stones. It is a collection of individual opinions and reflections about a good variety of Japanese stones rather than the opinion of a single individual. This makes this book more interesting than other Suiseki volumes produced in Japan. For example, the book contains a stone that the editor dug from the earth in 1963 and displayed in a base that he made. The fact that this book is subtitled Japanese Viewing Stones reflects the diversity of stones illustrated within.

This is a good book for people who search in nature for stone and does not appear to contain any stones that have been enhanced by carving, treated with chemicals. The bases and trays used to orient and display the stones are typical of most collectors rather than the products of highly skilled professional artisans. Readers will not see any expensive Houn bronze doubans or antique display tables in this volume. It is refreshing to see a work like this because it can encourage those with limited resources to engage in the art of stone appreciation without incurring major expenses.

Rating: Very good, a nice introduction to the range of stones that individual field collectors find and value.


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