Chikanobu was a Japanese painter and print designer, active for 30 years from around 1875-1905. This book discusses examples of his prints across many themes - dramatic moments from kabuki plays; current events; warrior prints; famous women; Sino-Japanese war prints; timeless beauty... Prints by Chikanobu are easy to find at dealers or at auction; this book makes it clear what a prolific artist he was. After a well-written introductory/biography chapter with many illustrations, the prints are organized chronologically, giving a sense of how his work evolved. Early in the book (p.24, 25), readers can compare two very different approaches (1880 vs. 1898) to illustrating scenes from the play, Meiboku Sendai hagi. The magician Nikki Danjo (shown in the 1898 triptych) reappears on p.26 in an 1880 diptych from the same play. So - rich veins to explore here in a number of dimensions. Having a reference with images for the complete series of Snow, Moon Flowers (1884-1886) was the main reason I wanted the book, but I think the "side" learning about his other prints and print series mean even more to me today. This is the usual high quality effort that Hotei Publishing is known for - excellent value.