Umetaro Azechi: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Their Techniques and Appreciation 1..
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Japanese Woodblock Prints: Their Techniques and Appreciation
Toto Shuppen Company, Ltd.
Notes: A Fine book in a Near Fine dust wrapper. Dark gray cloth binding with orange lettering on the spine and a single orange Japanese character on the front cover. Original dark teal dust wrapper protected in mylar. 12” x 8 ½.” 104 pp., including 12 color plates, 41 black-and-white plates, and 118 black-and-white figures. Printed with artists’ original tipped-in woodblock print titled, Repose, at page 10, SIGNED and carved by Umetaro Azechi, printed by Sokichi Kobayashi, masters in the art of papermaking and print. Several samples of delicate washi paper are tipped in. A former owner’s color bookplate is affixed to front pastedown, image of a woman sitting on a rock in the ocean, actually a handsome addition to this volume. Pages and covers are virtually pristine and intact. Binding is tight. The dust wrapper has slight edge wear and a few creases a top of back panel. This book is not only a wealth of knowledge, it’s a living demonstration of the care that goes into Japanese woodblock prints. Discusses history, process, and more “modern” innovations in the craft. From the text: “Mr. Azechi has stated himself, however, that this book is intended for beginners, and the inclusion of many print examples, together with careful and detailed explanations of how they were made has the primary purpose of helping these people. This detailed explanation extends to the making of multi-colored prints, which includes the step-by-step process used in printing each color.” An exceptional book for papermakers, woodblock printers, and collectors. Scarce in the trade in this condition.