Re: Help confirming a block?


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Posted by Alec W. (2.27.33.47) on January 18, 2022 at 23:41:33:

In Reply to: Help confirming a block? posted by DavidK on January 18, 2022 at 22:41:01:

https://data.ukiyo-e.org/uploads/images/e46bc4ccf27ba7cdb3ae3855140b64ef.jpg

Yes, it is from Jiraiya gōketsu monogatari, volume 38.

Here's a scan at Waseda:

https://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/html/he13/he13_03877/index.html

Your pages are here, images 31 and 32:

https://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/he13/he13_03877/he13_03877_0019/he13_03877_0019.html

I would be very surprised if your block wasn't used for printing -- why produce such an expensive item and then not use it?

It looks like Kuniyoshi was indeed the artist. A censor seal on a neighboring page is for Man'en 1, 9th month -- late 1860, just a few months before Kuniyoshi died.

Waseda has another copy as well:

https://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/he13/he13_01180/he13_01180_0016/he13_01180_0016.html

One wonders slightly what the block was reused for that it was trimmed in that way, but an interesting item nonetheless!

-A


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