Re: Artist Identity

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Posted by Woody B. ( on October 25, 2018 at 13:51:44:

In Reply to: Re: Artist Identity posted by Chris Brooks on October 23, 2018 at 18:26:55:

Late to the discussion here, but I've always wondered about this almanac (the multiple frontispieces of which are indeed beautifully done.)

The author died in 1838. Eizan was in his mid-70s in the early 1860s, and had not been producing ukiyo or illustration for decades.

This leads me to believe that the almanac was prepared for production, or perhaps even had a limited release, c. late 1820s to 1830s. Yet every version of it out there that I've seen (it's a fairly common book) has an 1861 or 1863 date.

Did some disaster--personal or natural--interrupt the original production? Did the publisher Yamashiro obtain the blocks later, and realizing that they were in great shape, make many copies of this? As an almanac informative of ritual matters, the contents would not have dated much.

If anyone knows of an earlier version, I'd love to hear about it.

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