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Delivers exactly what it promises
on 18 September 2009
This is a nice slim book showcasing 2 of Utagawa Kuniyoshi's (1797-1861) series of wood-block prints : Heroic biographies from the Tale Of Grand Pacification (50 prints); & The faithful samurai (51 prints).
The printing is nice & clear (on decent quality matte paper) each print taking a full page (nearly A4 size), with prints on both sides of each page. There is a short, 2 page introduction & a couple of lines of explanatory text for each print.
All the prints are as the title suggests, of samurai, some in full armour, some in battle, but most unarmoured, & some resting or preparing for battle.
Sadly the writing that fills the top section of each print is not translated (otherwise I'd give it 5 stars), but this is a nice affordable edition with some lovely prints of samurai.