Re: Re: Japanese woodprints: illustrated books with history

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Posted by Philippe Callier on March 06, 1998 at 05:05:55:

In Reply to: Re: Japanese woodprints: illustrated books with history posted by Theo de Kreijger on March 04, 1998 at 23:57:40:

: : I am just starting to read about and enjoy Japanese
: : woodprints and would like to learn about especially helpful
: : books on the subject with excellent illustrations. Thank
: : you so much for a superb website - it is really terrific
: : and clearly a labor of love.

: I can advise you to begin with a book that reads easy, explaines the most important toppics and shows a nice collection of major works of ukiyo-e woodblock prints: "The Art of Japanese Prints" by Richard Illing. He often visites this site himself and perhaps he might give you some hints about how to obtain it (and whether it's still beeing published).

: Of cource there are better, more recent and more illustrated books about Japanese Prints but
: this is a nice start. And: keep searching on the net. Some of the sites have great overviews about all kinds of subjects concerning ukiyo-e.

: Yours truly, Theo de Kreijger

I agree with Theo de Kreijger's recommendation : Richard Illing's book is the best starting point I can think of (it is an excellent introduction, shows nice reproductions, and give a broad sample of signatures and date and censor seals for those who want to have fun doing some "detective work" on their prints. Another good book, with a lot of good illustrations, is a collection
of essays by several authors titled "Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: The Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints", published by Mallard Press, in 1990. For the quality of the reproductions, I specially enjoyed the book by Willy Boller, Masterpieces of the Japanese Color Woodcut, Boston Book and Art Shop, 1957. Of course, there is also the very beutiful four books published by the Grabhorn Press for the Book Club of California in 1959, 1960, 1962 and 1965.
Sincerely, Philippe Callier

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