Japanese Woodblock Bird Prints

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Japanese Woodblock Bird Prints
In the 1880s, an economic boom in Japan encouraged a renaissance of traditional colour woodblock painting. During this prosperous period, a well-born painter named Numata Kashu created A Picture Book of Birds. The three-volume series blended the contemporary interest in woodblock prints with East Asia's centuries-old fascination with artistic depictions of birds and flowers.

His colourful books received a lavish production from a Tokyo printer that went out of business soon afterwards, rendering the volumes instant rarities. Kashu's woodblock prints were so popular that dealers carved up available books in order to sell the images individually, making complete versions even harder to find. A collector's delight, this exquisite edition reprints a rare 1930s facsimile.

Its vivid gallery of high-quality illustrations features 150 images of birds that are realistic as well as charmingly traditional.

Most include the species' names in kanji as well as in English translations.
Reprint of the Tokyo, 1938 edition.

Illustrations: 150 woodblock prints
Author: Numata Kashu
Size: A4
Format: paperback
Copyright: Permission-free
Dispatch: Usually ships: same day.

ISBN 13: 9780486470504
ISBN 10: 0486470504

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