Japanese Prints: From the Early Masters to the Modern. By James Michener. Early Printing. Tuttle. Tokyo, 1959.

$80.00

The tradition of woodblock printing in Japan is centuries’ old and one of the most important histories of book illustration. Its genres, in particular ukiyo-e, remain iconic. They are central imagery for Japanese culture and appreciated around the world. In this volume, Japanese Prints, author James Michener provides detailed historical explanations for dozens of notable Japanese printmakers alongside numerous examples of their works. Michener, better known for his award-winning novels, was a collector and admirer of ukiyo-e. Most of what he learned of Japanese culture came from his wife, Mari Yoriko Sabusawa, a philanthropist and activist who was imprisoned in the Japanese internment camps during WWII. She went on to become the president of the Chicago chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, and alongside Michener, donated millions to artistic and cultural advocacy in the United States. In Japanese Prints: From the Early Masters to the Modern, part of their collections are presented brilliantly, providing exemplar ukiyo-e and historical descriptions to a Western audience.

This early printing is in about-fine condition. In the original half cloth boards with illustrated pastedown to front board, fine. Text block fine. In the original dust jacket, very good with only closed tears to back flap, crease to interior front flap, and minor rubbing and creasing to edges. With he scarce original illustrated cardboard slipcase, about-fine with only minor rubbing and bumps.

A scarce illustrated history of Japanese prints, by James Michener.

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Japanese Prints: From the Early Masters to the Modern. By James Michener. Early Printing. Tuttle. Tokyo, 1959.

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Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 12 × 6 in