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Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Hardcover – 25 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Reprint edition (25 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836521202
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836521208
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 3.8 x 31.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stunning woodblock prints, beautifully reproduced." --Elle Decor, New York

About the Author

The authors:
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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Format: Hardcover
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This book is fabulous and the quality of the images are excellent.

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.
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What's this, a facsimile Japanese binding of the the famous Hiroshige? Having thrown away the blingy gold cardboard 30 (OK Taschen have a right to boast), I open up the little clasps and see the book itself, bound by twine on the left, glittering with the cover print of a crane's head, a detail from a print yet to be discovered within. It's obviously paper, but with the effect of painted silk. AAAHH, I'm in for a treat here!

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!
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I saw this book in Waterstone's and the cover immediately grabbed my attention; I have studied Japanese art for my exams and have always loved traditional wood block prints so I thought that this book would be ideal. I ended up purchasing this book from Amazon because the price was cheaper compared to the £30.00 that it cost in Waterstone's. The quality of this book in unbelievable, it is bound and has a wonderful silk like cover. The whole book come in a hard back case with toggles, and inside the images are very authentic looking and emphasise the simplicity and effortless beauty of the prints. The book contains descriptions of the printmaking processes and the individual prints themselves. This book is a true homage to such an important artist and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Japanese art.
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By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2014
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A superb book which does justice to the work it contains. Reproduction quality is excellent, text is highly informative and as an object in its own right it is really rather wonderful. And all at a price which makes it accessible to a very wide readership. The prints themselves are wonderful: stunning colours, brilliance of composition which exploits foreground and background space with the mastery of a cinematographer of genius, social observation with touches of humour and expressions of extraordinary craftsmanship. Probably the best value art book I have ever seen!
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One drifts through life, vaguely satisfied or dissatisfied by serendipitous discoveries ... and then, wham! you risk a few bob (or bucks, if you will) because of a good or just decent review in a newspaper. This is unqualifiedly the most astonishing and beautiful (and beautifully presented) book on art that I have ever known ... the only reaction of mine that I can compare it to is when I first clapped eyes on the hardback version of Jung's Man and His Symbols. Melanie Trede and Lorenz Bichler, the author/compilers, are to be congratulated for accomplishing this miracle. The person for whom I purchased this as a Christmas present considers herself changed for the better ...
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such a beautiful book. The reproductions are clear and I love the paper it is printed on. I am no expert on this painter so cannot comment on whether it is a good representation of his work or not. i will buy this for others as a present as it looks so special and unusual.
Only fault is that the inner margin is too narrow so hard to fully open out each page.
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I'm going to utilise brevity in this review and say simply, that this is a stunning book, and whether or not you are a fan of Hiroshige, it's the sort of book you will always cherish. From the silken fabric binding to the exquisite design and presentation, it truly does justice to the amazing artwork contained within. Breathtaking. One of the most beautiful books I own.
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