Posted by Anders Rikardson on January 05, 1999 at 23:20:43:
In Reply to: Re: Kiyoshi Saito posted by Philippe Callier on December 08, 1998 at 04:18:04:
: : Is anyone aware of any Kiyoshi Saito reference books which list all of his works? Also, are any of his prints signed with edition numbers?
: : Any information regarding how to value his works would be appreciated. Thank you!!!
: Ann Marie,
: There is a nice catalogue giving a large sample of Kiyoshi Saito'works (145 colored illustrations). Unfortunately, the text is Japanese only. It is the catalogue of a 1994 exhibition to celebrate Kiyoshi Saito's 88th birthday.
There are several catalogs on Saito’s prints. I have seven different catalogs and a lot of magazine and newspaper articles about him in my library, unfortunately all are in Japanese. Non of these sources can even be considered to close to a definite work.
There is work undertaken in Japan now to try to make a more or less complete ”works” catalog of his prints.
Many of Saito’s prints were printed in several editions, each with an edition number. They do carry the normal type edition numbering, ex 4/50 = Fourth print out of a total edition of fifty prints.
Some prints were furthermore printed in unlimited editions.
The early prints should have a label saying ”self printed, self carved” glued to the back and a hand stamped seal, also verso. This is more important than if it is 1st, 2nd or some other edition.
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