Re: Speaking of Original and Reproduction......Hi Dick and John

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Posted by Andy on May 27, 2002 at 22:44:34:

In Reply to: Re: Speaking of Original and Reproduction......Hi John posted by Dick Illing on May 27, 2002 at 02:10:23:

Thanks for the added advice, Dick. In this case, it was a print from a major collection in Japan, but the wise advice is taken with gratitude. (I have been enjoying your books by the way!)

With John's help, we've been able to establish by email that the print in question was in fact an original impression, though a somewhat faded one. The differences I found seem to have been mainly those of impression, with the impression in the book actually being a slightly later one, with thinner lines. There was also a stray ink line in one area that was a true red herring.

I owe thanks to everyone who's helped me here, and especially to John for his extra time to look up the print and answer my questions in detail on and off of this page.

So 18th century originals still do exist out there on the open market. It's good news.

: Beware, not all illustrations in books are originals. By and large, I am with John but I would tend to concentrate on the script, which is probably the most difficult to copy exactly. Any discrepancy there should lead to deep suspicions about the originality of the print.

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