Re: Shin hanga publishers

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on November 29, 1997 at 15:24:26:

In Reply to: Shin hanga publishers posted by Philip Harding on November 28, 1997 at 05:14:16:

: Deep in the bowels of an east asian library,
: far back in the folio section, I have run across
: several uncataloged folios of ukiyo-e reprodutions
: dating from around 1915 to 1920. I've identified
: several as published by Watanabe Shozaburo, including
: several volumes of "Ukiyo-e hanga kessakushu" and
: a partial set of Hiroshige's "Kaisho Tokaido". I've
: also run across high quality reproductions by several
: other publishers whose seals I can't identify.
: I've taken on these prints as the subject of a term
: paper and would like to learn as much as possible
: about Watanabe Shozaburo and other publishers working
: at this time. If any one can point me to books,
: articles or web sites or share their own thoughts
: on this subject it would be a big help.

: Thanks, Philip

: p.s. Does any one know what these are worth?
: They are very high quality.

The best reference work on Japanese 20th century prints, that I have in my own library, is Helen Merritt's and Nanako Yamada's Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975 (University of Hawaii Press 1992, paperback edition 1995).

I also believe that The New Wave, edited by Amy Reigle Stephens (London 1992) is a very useful source of information, though I have never seen it. It is out of print and rather difficult to find, but I believe it is well worth looking for.

As for the value of these reproductions, I have no idea at all. Perhaps someone else, who reads this, can comment on it?

By the way, thanks for your contribution on Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip.

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