~~ Book 1956160818 ~~

Process of Printing Wood Engraving

 


Type II Covers

 
Condition. The book is in Very Good condition. There is a gift inscription from T. Kondo, The Red Lantern Shop, Kyoto, on the title page (see below). The book does not have any publisher's information. The boards are clean with only minor scrapes and dings. There is gum toning at the edges of the inside covers and adjoining pages. This is a ca 1/2 inch vertical toned band down the page and probably is a result of the glue used to attach the pages. This situation is not found on any other pages. The pages are clean and free of marking, foxing or stains. All pages are firmly attached with no breaks or tears.

 
Unso-do Co. (Publisher):
Process of Printing Wood Engraving, Kyoto, 8vo (7 x 9 1/4 in - 17.5 x 23.8 cm), not dated but believed to be ca 1956, paper over cardboard boards, paste on title on front board, no text, accordion/fold-out style booklet with pages jointed at the outer edge, 13 pages attached at the fore-edge, 26 pages total. This book illustrates the color woodblock printing process using a Utamaro Kitagawa woodblock known as "Waitress Okita from the Naniwaya Tearoom." The image shows a woman holding a tea cup.

I have examined this book with two different covers. I have designated the plain covers as Type I. I have designated the book with decorated/illustrated covers Type II. This book has the Type II covers. The woodcuts are identical in both books. To see the two covers, click here.

The pages are not numbered. The first page after the title page is the completed woodblock print and the page to the right is outline of the printing. After the key block plate (outline of the printing), the left page has the next woodblock impression applied and the page to the right shows the cumulative state of the print. The woodblock progresses from the outline/key block through the application of 11 additional woodblock impressions. In total the plate is created by using 12 woodblocks (key block and 11 additional blocks).

The front of the first page has a woodblock printed title identical to the paste on label on the front board. I have examined a copy of a book with the Type I covers that had a paste on label stating, "Published by Unso-Do Co., Teramachi, Nizyo, Kyoto" inside of the back cover. This book with Type II covers does not have this label. This book has the following inscription:

.... With Compliment,/T. Kondo/The Red Lantern Shop/Kyoto.

The book sometimes has an accompanying 12 page pamphlet is titled "The Japanese Wood-Print." The pamphlet (12mo - 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 in - 13.1 x 19 cm) has decorated paper wraps and is string tied. The text and illustrations are on folded pages. However, this pamphlet is not present with the book.

 

The Completed Woodblock

 




























 
Books/Folios With Actual Color Woodblock Prints Illustrating the Process of Color Woodblock Printing:

  • 1907, Process of Wood-Cut Printing, The Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo, 127 pairs of prints.
  • 1907, Process of Wood-Cut Printing Explained, The Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo
  • c1916-1938, Process of Wood-Cut Printing Explained, (Two Ladies in a Boat), The Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo, more information here.
  • c1920, Process of Wood-Cut Printing Explained (Lady Fishing), The Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo, more information here.
  • c1938, The Process of Wood-Cut Printing, Asaksa Temple, Doi Hangaten, Tokyo, more information here.
  • c1940, Process of Wood-block Printing, Nishinomiya & Hasegawa, Inc, Tokyo, more information here.
  • c1950, The Process of Wood-block Color Printing (Woman in Snow with Umbrella), Takamizawa Mokubansha., Tokyo, more information here.
  • c1950, The Process of Wood-block Color Printing (Young Lovers Walking Together under an Umbrella), Takamizawa Mokubansha., Tokyo, more information here.
  • c1950, Japanese Woodblock Prints, Uchida Wood Block Printing Co. Ltd, Kyoto, more information here.
  • c1950, The Process of Color-Block Printing (Fuji and Trees), S. Watanabe, Tokyo (Ginza), more information here.
  • c1950, The Process of Color-Block Printing (Fuji and Wave), S. Watanabe, Tokyo (Ginza), more information here.
  • c1953, Process of Wood-block Printing (Fuji and Wave), probably Nishinomiya/Hasegawa, Tokyo, more information here.
  • c1953, Process of Wood-block Printing (Winter Scene with Temple & Lantern), probably Nishinomiya/Hasegawa, Tokyo, more information here.
  • c1956, Process of Printing Wood Engraving, Unso-do Co., Kyoto, Harunobu, woman beating cloth, more information here.
  • c1956, Process of Printing Wood Engraving, Unso-do Co., Kyoto, Utamaro, two women cooking from "One of Twelve Sketches of Handicraft Arts for Women," more information here.
  • c1956, Process of Printing Wood Engraving, Unso-do Co., Kyoto, Utamaro, two women weaving cloth from "One of Twelve Sketches of Handicraft Arts for Women," more information here.
  • c1956, Process of Printing Wood Engraving, Unso-do Co., Kyoto, Utamaro, "Waitress Okita from the Naniwaya Tearoom," more information here.
  • c1956, The Japanese Wood-Print, Unso-do Co., Kyoto, pamphlet discussing history of the Japanese wood-print and the implements/methods of manufacture, more information here.
  • c1963 The Process of Wood-block Color Printing, (Hiroshige's "Night Scene at Kambara"), H. Nakazawa, Tokyo, more information here.
  • c1970, Process Book of Woodblock Printing (Walking in Snow), Uchida Uchida Art Co., Ltd., more information here.
  • c1970, Process Book of Woodblock Printing (Two Children Playing), Uchida Uchida Art Co., Ltd., more information here.

 
Woodblock Print Books Available for Purchase (Process Books):

  • 1938, Process of Wood-Cut Printing Explained, (Two Ladies in a Boat), The Shimbi Shoin, purchase here.
  • c1956, Process of Printing Wood Engraving, Unso-do, Kyoto, Harunobu Suzuki, Waitress Okita from the Naniwaya Tearoom," Type II Covers, purchase here.
  • c1956, Process of Printing Wood Engraving, Unso-do, Kyoto, Harunobu Suzuki, woman beating cloth, purchase here.
  • c1956, Process of Printing Wood Engraving, Unso-do, Kyoto, Two Women Cooking from "One of Twelve Sketches of Handicraft Arts for Women," purchase here.
  • c1970, Process Book of Woodblock Printing, Walking in the Snow, Uchida Uchida Art Co., Ltd., reddish brown boards, purchase here.
  • c1970, Process Book of Woodblock Printing Two Children Playing, Uchida Uchida Art Co., Ltd., purchase here.

 
Miscellaneous Woodblock Print Books and Folios Available for Purchase (Other than Process Books):

  • 1937, One Hundred Masterpieces of Famous Ukiyoye, Takamizawa Colour Print Studio, Tokyo, purchase here.
  • c1960, The Tokaido Fifty Three Stations by Hiroshige, Unso-do, Kyoto, purchase here.
  • c1960, The Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai, Unso-do, Kyoto, purchase here (Fine/Fine).
  • c1960, The Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai, Unso-do, Kyoto, purchase here (Fine/Very Good).
  • c1960, Twelve Months of Kyoto, (folio of 12 woodblock prints), Uchida Wood Block Printing Co., Ltd, Kyoto, Tokuriki Tomikichiro, purchase here.
  • c1960, Four Seasons of Tokyo, (folio of 4 woodblock prints with presentation folder) Uchida Wood Block Printing Co., Ltd, Kyoto, Tokuriki Tomikichiro, purchase here.
  • c1960, Four Seasons of Tokyo, (folio of 4 woodblock prints without presentation folder) Uchida Wood Block Printing Co., Ltd, Kyoto, Tokuriki Tomikichiro, purchase here.

 


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