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Posted by Book Fan on Books on July 26, 2003 at 04:36:53:

In Reply to: books about ehon posted by Starting collector on July 24, 2003 at 23:14:26:

Here's a list, with some notes:

1. Bartlett, Harley. Japanese Botony During the Period of Woo-Block Printing (Don't know it)

2. Brown, Louise. Block Printing & Book Illustration in Japan (old, expensive, detailed but much information now out of date)

3. Brown, Yu-Ying. Japanese Book Illustration (short, cheap, not much detailed information)

4. Chibbett, David. The History of Japanese Printing and Book Illustration (quite good)

5. Chibbett, Hickman and Matsudaira. A Descriptive Catalogue of the pre-1868 Japanese Books, Manuscripts and Prints in the SOAS (A descriptive bibliography)

6. Dashkevich-Purto, Victoria. Japanese Woodcut Book Illustration From The 17th Century To 1867

7. Dawes, Leonard. Japanese Book Illustration (not very detailed)

8. Forrer, Matthi. Eirakuya Toshiro. (Detailed analysis of Japanese publishing)

9. Hillier, Jack. The Art of the Japanese Book (2 volumes, expensive but very much worth it)

10. Hillier, Jack. The Japanese Picture Book (Excellent, must have)

11. Hillier, Jack. The Art of Hokusai in Book Illustration (Most detailed book on Hokusai, see also Lane's Hokusai for a book list)

12. Hillier, Jack and Smith, Lawrence. Japanese Prints: 300 Years of Albums and Books (very good, readily available)

13. Holloway, Owen. Graphic Art of Japan (excellent for Shijo/Nanga, and very inexpensive)

14. Honda, Shojo. Pre-Meiji Works in the Library of Congress: Japanese Literature, Performing Arts and Reference Books. (A Bibliography.)

15. Kornicki, Peter. The Book in Japan (great scholarly study, appreciate it!)

16. Kornicki, Peter and Hayashi, Nozomu. Early Japanese Books in Cambridge University Library. a Catalogue of the Aston, Satow and Von Siebold Collection (Bibilography)

17. Mitchell, C.H. The Illustrated Books of the Nanga, Maruyama, Shijo and Related Schools (Best source on these kinds of books, hugely expensive and rare.)

18. Michener, James. The Hokusai Sketchbooks. (entertaining, not too informative, readily available)

19. Smith, Henry. Hokusai: One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji (full reproduction of all 3 volumes with commentary)

20. Toda, Kenji. Descriptive Catalogue of Japanese and Chinese Illustrated Books in the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago (detailed, very useful)

If you can find them, try also Cornell East Asia Paper #28: Griffith Collection, and Design Quarterly #55, 1962, devoted to Japanese book design. There are also a number of spectacular modern facsimiles in Japanese, including almost all of Hokusai's work, as well as books by Moronobu, Harunobu, Shunsho, Kuniyoshi etc.) Very affordable for the quality. If you read French, there are some good books and catalogues in this language too.

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