Posted by confused bookdealer on June 26, 2002 at 17:27:23:
In Reply to: Taking Ukiyo-e books apart ... or not? posted by Theo de Kreijger on April 04, 2002 at 21:03:41:
: 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:
: 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?
: My question is about ALL books, including those compiled by Japanese collectors during "the period".
: Theo de Kreijger
I am a bookdealer who has recently acquired an album of 34 woodblock triptychs. The album was assembled in 1890. There are several different artists represented. I have neither
the skill not inclination to 'break' this myself but feel reasonably sure that that will happen eventually after it leaves my hands. If it were a 'published' book with a single
theme or 'plot' then my concern would be greater. Is there a difference between an 'album' and a 'book'? and is one more worthy of being preserved intact?
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