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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully produced
One thing that's not obvious, from reading the publisher's description of this book, is that it was first published for the Royal Academy exhibition in 1991. It was intended to accompany that exhibition, so the choice of prints was restricted to those that could be exhibited at the Academy, and the notes accompanying each print are intended to guide the reader through...
Published on 2 Dec 2009 by David Stokes

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Image quality is poor
Bought this book for the prints mainly. The images are smaller than I'd hoped in the book (most are under half the page in size.. even the most famous). The colour reproduction isn't great, the level of detail is terrible and the images look a bit faded. Certainly not "beautifully reproduced" as the description claims. Also not a particularly comprehensive collection of...
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by dthomas


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully produced, 2 Dec 2009
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One thing that's not obvious, from reading the publisher's description of this book, is that it was first published for the Royal Academy exhibition in 1991. It was intended to accompany that exhibition, so the choice of prints was restricted to those that could be exhibited at the Academy, and the notes accompanying each print are intended to guide the reader through that exhibition. A reader approaching the book as a stand alone publication, rather than an accompanying text to an event, could lead to a certain amount of criticism. When approached as an exhibition catalogue, however, it is an excellent resource, and although there is some repetition this is to be expected when you consider that the text was placed alongside the prints when they were put on display at the RA - visitors to an exhibition view each exhibit in isolation and can't view every catalogue entry to find all of the information they need to understand what's in front of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Hokusai, 10 Jan 2013
This review is from: Hokusai: Prints and Drawings (Paperback)
This is an excellent introduction to Hokusai covering a very good selection (well over 100 pieces) of his work, along with a short biography (basically the opening chapter). The pictures are beautiful and very high quality, with all of them being at least half a page in size and many of them a full page. I don't understand how you could describe any of them as being faded or poor quality - the author does note under many of them that there are slightly different versions available due to different printings but that doesn't make the photos inaccurate in any way. Each piece has about half a page of accompanying text giving some background and explanation. Some of these could be a little better, basically just summarizing what can be seen in the picture but many of them give interesting additional details regarding the location, composition and symbolism of various pieces. The book itself is well bound with a good quality cover, and at over 200 pages is excellent value for money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Image quality is poor, 2 Nov 2011
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Bought this book for the prints mainly. The images are smaller than I'd hoped in the book (most are under half the page in size.. even the most famous). The colour reproduction isn't great, the level of detail is terrible and the images look a bit faded. Certainly not "beautifully reproduced" as the description claims. Also not a particularly comprehensive collection of his work.. was hoping for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, 12 Feb 2014
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Great book I saw in the British Museum Shop but it was the last one ! Very good quality for such a cheap book. Great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for., 13 Sep 2011
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This book is an ideal introduction to Hokusai. It has an introdcutory biography at the beginning, before the catalogue, that not only covers Hokusai's artistic history but also briefly covers other Japanese artists. Each picture of a print is accompanied by a fairly lengthy explanatory text, and the catalogue of prints is huge. Excellent value for money.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive , enlightening , inspiring collection, 16 July 2001
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The book clearly represents Hokusai's immense talent with imformative text accompniaments and reference material giving this view of a masters work a clear sense of scale.
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