Posted by Theo de Kreijger on April 15, 2002 at 18:20:41:
In Reply to: Re: Taking Ukiyo-e books apart ... or not? posted by Bill on April 14, 2002 at 21:23:51:
Of course you are right, but a book has still more artistical and historical meaning than a single sheet! If you neglect that, you are encouraging dealers and (former) owners to take more precious books apart. After such an act the artifact as a whole is lost for ever.
If you browse through the regular internet dealers and auctions you'll find not only single bookprints, but often whole series from the same book at the same time. This is a obvious proof that some just take their scissors and devide yet anouther book into more profit.
I haven't got the illusion that it will stop, but one should always try to bring fellow collectioners to their senses. Don't you agree?
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