Masterpieces Selected from the Ukiyoye School
Volume II
Shiichi Tajima, Editor, 1906

 

 


Volume I      Volume II      Volume III
Volume IV      Volume V

Tajima Shiichi (editor)
Omura Seigai (text)
Goodrich, Joseph King (translation into English):
Masterpieces Selected from the Ukiyoye School (Eibun Ukiyoe-Ha Gashu), Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo, 1907, Volumes II of a five volume set, folio (13 1/2 x 19 1/2 in - 34.2 x 49.5 cm), silk covered boards decorated with a woodblock illustration on the front board, edges beveled, spine covered in brocade silk cloth, purple silk ties, volume number and title in English in gilt on front board, top and bottom page edges in gilt, text in English, 33 plates (31 color woodblock and 2 black and white collotype), 38 text pages (numbered pages 37-74). Each plate is preceded by a tissue guard with information in English regarding the plate that follows. There are numerous black and white text illustrations in the text pages. While most are woodcuts, a few are collotypes. Issued with a straw textured wrap-around case with ivory type clasps. According to Shimbi Shoin catalogues "Regular," "Special" and "De Luxe" editions were issued. Each volume contains a numbered limitation statement indicating the number of the set out of total sets printed.

Volume II deals with:

  • The Miyagawa School and
  • The Kasukawa School

The following schools and artists are discussed and their art reproduced: Choshun Miyagawa, Shunsui Katsu-Miyagawa, Choki Miyagawa; Masayuki Miyagawa, Issho Miyagawa,Shinsui Katsukawa, Shunsho Katsukawa, Shuncho Katsukawa, Shunye Katsukawa, Shunko Katsukawa, Shundo Katsukawa, Shunkaku, Shunjo, Shunkyo, Shunko, Shunrin, Shunkyoku, Shunsen, Shungyo, Kyokko Katsukawa, Shuntei Katsukawa, Shunsen Katsukawa, Shunzan Katsukawa, Shuntoku and Shundo Katsukawa.

For more information on the complete five volume set, see below.

 

Text Pages

List of Plates

Illustrated Limitation page 
("Special Edition" No. 300)



Title Page



Text Pages Pages 37-74

Part Four    Miyagawa School
               Chapter I.     Choshun Miyagawa
               Chapter II.    Shunsui Katsu-Miyagawa
               Chapter III.   Choki Miyagawa; Masayuki Miyagawa;
                              Issho Miyagawa, and Shinsui Katsukawa

Part Five    Katsukawa School
               Chapter I.     Shunsho Katsukawa
               Chapter II.    Shuncho Katsukawa
               Chapter III.   Shunye Katsukawa
               Chapter IV.    Shunko Katsukawa
               Chapter V.     Shundo Katsukawa
               Chapter VI.    Shunkaku, Shunjo, Shunkyo, Shunko, Shunrin
                               Shunkyoku, Shunsen, Shungyo and Kyokko Katsukawa
               Chapter VII.   Shuntei Katsukawa
               Chapter VIII.  Shunsen Katsukawa
               Chapter IX.    Shunzan Katsukawa
               Chapter X.     Shuntoku and Shundo Katsukawa

Total Text Pages     38 pages


Plates

(Color Except for the 8 Underlined Plates) Volume I. List of Plates (41-73) 41. Summer Scene By Choshun Miyagawa 42. Beauties in a Maple-Grove By Choshun Miyagawa 43. Beauties Leading a Horse By Choshun Miyagawa 44. A Beauty By Choshun Miyagawa 45. Girls, with a Horse, Looking at Mount Fuji By Choshun Miyagawa 46. A Beauty on a Horse and Attendants By Choshun Miyagawa 47. Looking at Plum-Blossoms By Choshun Miyagawa 48-49. Men and Women Playing Together By Choshun Miyagawa 50. A Beauty Playing the Samisen By Shunsui Katsu-Miyagawa 51. A Beauty Perfuming Her Clothes By Choki Miyagawa 52. A Beauty and a Girl By Choki Miyagawa 53. Beauties Playing Cards By Isshd Miyagawa 54. Men and Women Playing Together By Masayuki Miyagawa 55. Two Beauties Strolling By Shunsho Katsukawa 56. A Beauty Under the Blossoms By Shunsho Katsukawa 57. A Beauty and a Cat By Shunsho Katsukawa 58-59. Beauties By Shunsho Katsukawa 60. Seven Beauties in a Bamboo Grove By Shunsho Katsukawa 61. A Group of Beauties Looking at Kakemono By Shunsho Katsukawa 62. Dramatic and Theatrical Pictures By Shunsho Katsukawa 63. Worshipping at the Shrine in the Four Seasons: Sports of the Five Festivals By Shunchd Katsukawa By Shunsho Katsukawa 64. A Beauty Casting a Fish-Line By Shuncho Katsukawa 65. A Group of Beauties Playing By Shuncho Katsukawa 66. Nagaye By Shuncho Katsukawa 67. The Wedding Procession By Shunyei Katsukawa 68. Female Wood-Cutters By Shunyei Katsukawa 69. Playing Music and Dancing By Shunko Katsukawa 70. A Beauty and Two Girls By Shundo Katsukawa 71. A Beauty By Shungyo Katsukawa 72. A Scene of Yamazaki, and the Invasion at Night, From the Onna Chushingura By Shunzan Katsukawa 73. A Beauty at Her Toilet By Shunzan Katsukawa 31 color woodblock plates, 2 black & white collotype plates Black and white plate nos. are underlined above. Listing of Plates (above repeated but with no illustrations) Volume II. List of Plates 41. Summer Scene By Choshun Miyagawa 42. Beauties in a Maple-Grove By Choshun Miyagawa 43. Beauties Leading a Horse By Choshun Miyagawa 44. A Beauty By Choshun Miyagawa 45. Girls, with a Horse, Looking at Mount Fuji By Choshun Miyagawa 46. A Beauty on a Horse and Attendants By Choshun Miyagawa 47. Looking at Plum-Blossoms By Choshun Miyagawa 48-49. Men and Women Playing Together By Choshun Miyagawa 50. A Beauty Playing the Samisen By Shunsui Katsu-Miyagawa 51. A Beauty Perfuming Her Clothes By Choki Miyagawa 52. A Beauty and a Girl By Choki Miyagawa 53. Beauties Playing Cards By Isshd Miyagawa 54. Men and Women Playing Together By Masayuki Miyagawa 55. Two Beauties Strolling By Shunsho Katsukawa 56. A Beauty Under the Blossoms By Shunsho Katsukawa 57. A Beauty and a Cat By Shunsho Katsukawa 58-59. Beauties By Shunsho Katsukawa 60. Seven Beauties in a Bamboo Grove By Shunsho Katsukawa 61. A Group of Beauties Looking at Kakemono By Shunsho Katsukawa 62. Dramatic and Theatrical Pictures By Shunsho Katsukawa 63. Worshipping at the Shrine in the Four Seasons: Sports of the Five Festivals By Shunchd Katsukawa By Shunsho Katsukawa 64. A Beauty Casting a Fish-Line By Shuncho Katsukawa 65. A Group of Beauties Playing By Shuncho Katsukawa 66. Nagaye By Shuncho Katsukawa 67. The Wedding Procession By Shunyei Katsukawa 68. Female Wood-Cutters By Shunyei Katsukawa 69. Playing Music and Dancing By Shunko Katsukawa 70. A Beauty and Two Girls By Shundo Katsukawa 71. A Beauty By Shungyo Katsukawa 72. A Scene of Yamazaki, and the Invasion at Night, From the Onna Chushingura By Shunzan Katsukawa 73. A Beauty at Her Toilet By Shunzan Katsukawa 31 color woodblock plates, 2 black & white collotype plates Black and white plate nos. are underlined above.

Colophon

Printed: Meiji 40 (1907).2.25
Published: Meiji 39 (1907).6.28

Folding case

 

 


Volume I      Volume II      Volume III
Volume IV      Volume V

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General Information
on the Five Volume Set

Beauty Looking Back

 

Tajima Shiichi (editor)
Omura Seigai (text)
Goodrich, Joseph King (translation into English):
Masterpieces Selected from the Ukiyoye School (Eibun Ukiyoe-Ha Gashu), Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo, 1906-9 (Meiji 39-42), Volumes I-V, folio (13 1/2 x 19 1/2 in - 34.2 x 49.5 cm), silk covered boards decorated with a woodblock illustration on the front board, edges beveled, spine covered in brocade silk cloth, purple silk ties, volume number and title in English in gilt on front board, top and bottom page edges in gilt, text in English, 170 plates (158 color woodblock and 12 black and white collotype), 214 pp (210 numbered text pages and a 4 page preface). Each plate is preceded by a tissue guard with information in English regarding the plate that follows. There are numerous black and white text illustrations in the text pages. While most are woodcuts, a few are collotypes. Issued with a straw textured wrap-around case with ivory type clasps. According to Shimbi Shoin catalogues "Regular," "Special" and "De Luxe" editions were issued. Each volume in the set contains a numbered limitation statement indicating the number of the set out of total sets printed.

A Japanese language version (Eibun Ukiyoe-Ha Gashu) or (Ukiyoye-ha Gwashu) was also published. This 5 volume set is reported to contain a total of 150 plates, 20 less than in the English language set.

One of the largest plates in the English language version is number 155 in volume 5 which reproduces a triptych titled "Part of a Roll Representing Various Fashions in the Four Seasons" by Yeishi Hosoda. This plate has an image area of 30.5 x 77 cm and has three folds out. It is apparently not found in the Japanese language version of the set.

The Shimbi Shoin outlines in detail the color woodblock (chromoxylograph) process it uses in Process of Wood-Cut Printing Explained. This description can be found here.

  English Language Version ---- Japanese Language Version

   

Volumes 1- 5 of he ordinary edition are digitally archived here - the collection of the family of Henry Posner, Sr. at Carnegie Mellon University.

Wenckstern calls the book Masterpieces Selected from the Ukiyoye [popular] School and states:

...in five volumes of 30 plates each. Volume I contains an essay on the origin and development of the Ukiyoye school, biographical data sketches of the artist and some critical descriptions. 35 pp text and 39 plates. (Edition de luxe, 100 copies, 250 yen the set; ordinary edition, 600 copies, 200 yen the set.

Early Shimbi Shoin catalogues described the set with 150 pictures (plates). Later catalogues modified that to 170. Booksellers have reported the set with 175 plates but I have not been able to confirm that as accurate. It is possible that the 175 number was the number of woodblock prints. Some plates contain more than one woodblock print. Volume IV contains 5 color illustrations (probably woodblocks) incorporated as illustrations into the text section.

An early, but undated, Shimbi Shoin catalogue states that the edition was limited to 700 copies and of that total 100 were deluxe editions. This catalogue listed three editions:

Edition de luxe - 26 GB Pounds
Special Edition - 23 GB Pounds
Ordinary Edition - 21 GB Pounds

This catalogue stated:

5. The number of volumes in this edition is limited to Seven hundred copies, including 100 copies of the edition de luxe and 100 copies of the special edition (that is bound in a more attractive way that the ordinary edition and some of such pictures as were originally painted on silk will be reproduced in silk). Each volume in the entire series is numbered and registered, as a guarantee of its genuineness.

The number of this set printed is uncertain. To compound this problem, it is unclear whether the printing numbers are for the English language version, the Japanese language version, or both.

     600 sets -     Ordinary Edition
     200-300 sets - Special Edition*
     100 sets -     Edition de Luxe
     900~1000 sets total

* A "special edition" set with a limitation statement of 200 but with number "300" has been confirmed.

By 1920, Shimbi Shoin catalogues dropped reference to the "Edition de luxe." Perhaps this was because they were sold out.

The editor, Shiichi Tajima, was also the editor of Selected Relics of Japanese Art, a 20 volume set published between 1899 and 1908. These set was very similar in composition to this book. It featured prominent Japanese art reproduced in collotype and woodblock. During the period of 1902-7, the The Kwansai Photograph Company produced the collotype plates used in that set.

Plate Types by Volume

 
The actual dimensions of the plates range from a woodblock prints tipped to a page (page size is 12 x 19 1/4 in - 30.5 x 49 cm) and occupying 60-80% of the page to massive fold-out plates like plate 48 in Volume II. That plate has four folds out and the woodblock print that is tipped to page is almost 3 feet long by almost 1 foot high.


Plate 48 - 3 folds out
Page Size: 19 1/4 x 40 1/4 in - 49 x 101.5 cm
Woodblock Print Size: 11 x 35 1/2 in - 28 x 94 cm

 
Listing of Plates can be reviewed here:

Volume I
Volume II
Volume III
Volume IV
Volume V

 
Contents of the five volumes cover:

Volume I     1906 (Meiji 39) - [Plates 1-40]
Part One.    Genre of Before and About the Keicho and the Kwanye 
               Eras (1596-1643) - Plates 1-16.
Part Two.    Matabei Iwasa - Plates 17-27
Part Three.  The Hishikawa School - Plates 28-40
               Chapter I.    Moronobu Hishikawa
               Chapter II.   Morofusa Hishikawa
               Chapter III.  Moroshige Hishikawa
               Chapter IV.   Morohira Hishikawa
               Chapter V.    Wawo Hishikawa
               Chapter VI.   Tomofusa Hishikawa
               Chapter VII.  Morotsugi Furuyama
               Chapter VIII. Moromasa Furuyama
               
                  33 color woodblock plates
                   7 black and white collotypes 


Volume II    1907 (Meiji 40) - [Plates 41-73]
Part Four    Miyagawa School - Plates 41-54.
               Chapter I.     Choshun Miyagawa
               Chapter II.    Shunsui Katsu-Miyagawa
               Chapter III.   Choki Miyagawa; Masayuki Miyagawa;
                              Issho Miyagawa, and Shinsui Katsukawa
Part Five    Katsukawa School - Plates 55-73
               Chapter I.     Shunsho Katsukawa
               Chapter II.    Shuncho Katsukawa
               Chapter III.   Shunye Katsukawa
               Chapter IV.    Shunko Katsukawa
               Chapter V.     Shundo Katsukawa
               Chapter VI.    Shunkaku, Shunjo, Shunkyo, Shunko, Shunrin
                               Shunkyoku, Shunsen, Shungyo and Kyokko Katsukawa
               Chapter VII.   Shuntei Katsukawa
               Chapter VIII.  Shunsen Katsukawa
               Chapter IX.    Shunzan Katsukawa
               Chapter X.     Shuntoku and Shundo Katsukawa
              
                  31 color woodblock plates
                   2 black and white collotype plates


Volume III     1908 (Meiji 41) - [Plates 74 - 103]
Part Six     Kwaigetsudo School
               Chapter I.  Founder of the Kwaigetsudo School
               Chapter II.  Disciples of Kwaigetsudo
Part Seven   Torii School
               Chapter I. Kiyomoto Torii
               Chapter II.  Kiyonobe Torii
               Chapter III.  Kiyomasu Torii
               Chapter IV.  Chincho Hagawa
               Chapter V.  Kiyomitsu Torii
               Chapter VI.  Kiyotsune Torii
               Chapter VII.  Kiyonaga Torii
               Chapter VIII.  Kiyomine Torii (The Second Kiyomitsu)
               Chapter IX.  Kiyotada Torii
               Chapter X.  Kiyoyoshi Torii (The Third Kiyomitsu)
Part Eight
               Chapter I.  Shigenaga and Shigenobu Nishimura
               Chapter II.  Toyonobu and Toyomasa Ishikawa
               Chapter III.  Koryosai Isoda
               Chapter IV.  Harunobu Suzuki
               Chapter V.  Fusanobu Tomikawa
Part Nine    Toriyama School
               Chapter I.  Toriyama School
               Chapter II.  Harumachi Koikawa
               Chapter III.  Shiko Momokawa

                  30 color woodblock plates
                   0 black and white collotype plates


Volume IV      1907 (Meiji 40) - [Plates 104 - 143]
Part Ten       Okumura School - Plates 104-107
               Chapter I.     Masanobu Okumura
               Chapter II.    Toshinobu and Masafusa
Part Eleven    Kitao School - Plates 108-116
               Chapter I.     Shigemasa Kitao
               Chapter II.    Masanobu Kiato
               Chapter III.   Masayoshi Kiato
               Chapter IV.    Shunman Kubota
               Chapter V.     Ryuko Kitao and Yoshimura Kiato
Part Twelve    Utagawa School - Plates 117-127
               Chapter I.     Toyoharu Utagawa
               Chapter II.    Toyohiro Utagawa
               Chapter III.   Toyokuni Utagawa
               Chapter IV.    Kunisada Utagawa
               Chapter V.     Kuniyoshi Utagawa
               Chapter VI.    Hiroshige Utagawa
Part Thirteen  Katsushika School - Plates 128-143
               Chapter I.     Hokusai Katsushika
               Chapter II.    Hokutai Katsushika
               Chapter III.   Hokuba Arisaka
               Chapter IV.    Hokkei Totoya
               Chapter V.     Shigenobu Yanagawa
               Chapter VI.    Shinsai Ryuryukyo
               
                  38 color woodblock plates
                   2 black and white collotype plates


Volume V       1909  (Meiji 42) - [Plates 144-170]
Part Fourteen  Kitagawa School  Plates 144-150
               Chapter I.     Utamaro Kitagawa
               Chapter II.    Disciples of Utamaro
               
Part Fifteen   Hosoda School  Plates 151-158
               Chapter I.     Yeishi Hosoda
               Chapter II.    
               Chapter III.
               Chapter IV.    Disciples of Yeishi
               
Part Sixteen   Kikugawa School  Plates 159 
               Chapter I.     Yeizan Kikugawa
               Chapter II.    Keisai Yeisen
               Chapter III.   Yeisho Kikugawa
               Chapter IV.    Disciples of Yeisen
               
Part Seventeen Hanabusa School  Plates 160-164   
               Chapter I.     Itcho Hanabusa
               Chapter II.    Sushi Sawaki and Sukoku Ko
               
Part Eighteen  Miscellaneous Artists of Kyoto and Osaka  Plates  165-170
               Chapter I.     Rippo Hinaya
               Chapter II.    Sukenobu Nishikawa
               
                  26 color woodblock plates
                   1 black and white collotype 

 
Wrap-Around Case. Issued with a straw/grass textured wrap-around cases (chitsu cases) with printed silk title label and two ivory type clasps.

 
Limitation Statements. After the half title page in each volume there is an illustrated limitation statement. The illustration is different in each volume. The number is sometimes written in English and sometimes in Japanese and it is incorporated into text portion of the illustration. The limitation statements indicate the number of the set out of the total published. Some limitation statements reference "Six Hundred Copies" (ordinary or regular edition). Others reference "Two Hundred Copies" of a "Special Edition." I have not examined a limitation statement from a "Edition de luxe." Below are limitation statements for the ordinary and special editions found in Volume I.

 
Paper Types. High quality paper was used in the production of this set. The following paper types are noted.

  • Medium paper stock (folded and unfolded). Front and back blank pages (unfolded), half title page (folded), limitation statement page (folded), full title page (folded).
  • Thin paper stock (folded and unfolded). Text pages(folded) and descriptive tissue guards (unfolded), list of plates (folded) & colophon (folded). Fold-out collotype plates are printed on thin paper which is then tipped to the heavy card stock plate page in the book.
  • Heavy card stock (always unfolded). All plates (woodblock and collotype) are mounted to thick/heavy card stock plate pages in the book. The woodblock prints are tipped to thick/heavy card stock plate pages. In the case of fold-out woodblock plates, they are tipped to heavy card stock paper that is then glued along one edge to the plate page in the book. Non-folding collotype plates are printed directly on thick/heavy card stock.

 
Descriptive Tissue Guards. The plates are preceded by descriptive tissue guards. An example of the text is here. Often, a descriptive tissue guard will apply to more than one plate. These descriptions provide:

  • Title of the Art
  • Artist or School
  • Type of Work (ie screen, painting)
  • Dimensions of the Original Work
  • Owner.

 
Typical Collation. Blank page (front), half title page/limitation statement page, full title page/back blank, list of plates/back blank, text pages, plates, text pages, plates, colophon/back blank & blank page (back).



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