"Doi" publisher seals and "dating"


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Posted by Thomas Crossland on September 06, 1999 at 08:15:15:

I'd like to find out what anyone can definitively tell me regarding "Doi" Publisher seals/symbol (in box in margin) that appears on "shin-hanga" prints? Did Doi use more than one symbol?? Knowing the symbol(s) used, can this be used to date print as to "when was printed?" In other words, to what time period does the Doi symbol apply?? Also, did Doi also used a "watermark," and if so must that also be found in conjunction with "seal?"



Finally, unlike the printed "titles" which appear as "kanji" in many prints' margins (I have always assumed these to actually be carved into the original "key block" and thusly, will appear consistent in all prints)--am I correct to assume that all the rectangular and circular "publisher's seals" are added later by "hand-stamping?"



Many thanks in advance to whatever others can share.


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