Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Hardcover – 25 Aug 2010
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"Stunning woodblock prints, beautifully reproduced." --Elle Decor, New York
About the Author
Lorenz Bichler studied Sinology, Japanese studies, and Modern History in Zurich and Beijing. After scholarships at the Waseda and Tokai universities in Japan, he was appointed assistant professor of politics at New York University in 1999. He has held non-established teaching posts at various universities, and given online instruction at the New School of Social Research. He has been a freelance sinologist working in Heidelberg since 2004.
Before taking her doctorate in Far Eastern art history at the University of Heidelberg, Melanie Trede worked at the Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She was assistant professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University from 1999 to 2004, since which time she has been Professor of Far Eastern art history at the University of Heidelberg.
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The pages are folded and then bound with beautifully coloured prints. The book's cover seems to be made from silk or another high quality textured material.
The introduction is informative and lasts for the first 28 pages giving information on Edo (Tokyo), wood-block and Hiroshige. This leaves another 119 full page colour plates with a description about the image on the opposite page.
The quality of this book is outstanding and at such a low price I would recommend it to anyone.
Inside the slip case, there's a significant block of printed paper, which comes free from the case. Each of the pages is a leaf folded double (again referring to traditional book production methods), and the main plates are full page with explanatory material on the left. There's a detailed introduction to Hiroshige and the working methods of the woodblock artisans (particularly nice to see a 15-step breakdown of how the colours are built up). I learnt lots from this introduction, including the vital creative role played by the woodcutters, who are usually uncredited. There's a solid amount of research behind this beautiful volume.
The Edo prints themselves are top quality, taken from originals collected in the Imperial collection in Japan, and of course stunning to look at. The colours are bright but subtle, and we can see the woodgrain of the printing blocks and the sweeps of colour made by the inking process (again, we can read about the technique in detail). Hiroshige's scenes and drawings are varied, subtle, playful and all those things he's famous for. Just glancing at them is enjoyable enough, but they reward patient study as well. Delightful!
All in all, I can't believe I've obtained this for what seems like half of its value! A triumph of ancient art and modern production technology. What a prize!
Only fault is that the inner margin is too narrow so hard to fully open out each page.
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Wonderful paintings and in a beautifully designed book, a really special giftPublished 10 months ago by KN
A very nice book - Not just the art but the book's manufacture as well. Bought for a friend but I almost kept it for myself. Excellent.Published 21 months ago by Ian D
A beautifully printed book, great art, great paper quality. Would recommend to anyone who is a fan of edo woodblock printing!Published on 12 May 2014 by Samual Marsh
Daughter is very happy with this.
A great quality book, with amazing images. Makes a lovely keepsake.
Colors are superb!
These prints were slightly unfamiliar to me, being vistas of famous sights, and also late in the great blossoming of japanese prints. Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2013 by matthew weir
Bought as a gift for my Mum and she loved it. The book is unusual and packed with stunning pictures throughout. Glad I bought it for her.Published on 2 Oct. 2013 by Sara