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

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Posted by Tom Martak on April 17, 2002 at 22:17:05:

In Reply to: Taking Ukiyo-e books apart ... or not? posted by Theo de Kreijger on April 04, 2002 at 21:03:41:

As a collector of both japanese woodblock prints
and books, I believe that it is correct and ethical
to maintain the book as a unit - regardless of condition.

As long as there is a market for the individual page
prints within the ehon, there will be business people
who will put them up for sale.

Along that vein I suggest that those of us who are
buyers in this market take the following tack:

1. Educate others on how this practice contributes
to the destruction of thid field of art.

2. Do not buy them yourself and suggest that others
also refrain.

3. Last but not least - Do not deal with individuals
who participate in either the buying or selling of
individual pages of ehon - and let them know that
you cannot deal with them and why.

It won't stop the practice altogether, but it does
put some weight on the other side of the scales.

: Dear visitors,

: This questions is about something that is bothering me for a while, so I would very much like to hear your oppinions about it. Here it is:

: -o-
: If a dealer buys a japanese book, which is in between "perfect" and "not beyond restauration", should he take the printed pages apart or should he try to sell it as a whole?
: -o-

: My question is about ALL books, including those compiled by Japanese collectors during "the period".

: Theo de Kreijger

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