Re: Taking Ukiyo-e books apart ... or not?

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Posted by Bill on April 17, 2002 at 02:32:30:

In Reply to: Re: Taking Ukiyo-e books apart ... or not? posted by Theo de Kreijger on April 15, 2002 at 18:20:41:

Hi Theo,

I basically agree with you, but things are not always what they seem. For example. those series of prints from the same book that you see may come from a book that has already fallen apart, or from a half of a book, or from a book in which many sheets are so damaged it's no longer a whole object and better appreciated for what's left. A single, undamaged sheet in isolation can be a beautiful thing, but a book with that sheet and a dozen others that are badly damaged is less attractive. I realize that's only an aesthetic judgement and not taking the cultural factors into account, but I (and I suspect others) think aesthetically first, culturally second. I basically do agree about the scissors, but it's hard to know what lies behind a book page. It could be a complete series of beautiful prints, or a dusty, torn heap of scraps that protected a few internal pages.

: Dear Bill,

: 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?

: Theo

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