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Old 10-03-2010, 10:33 PM
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Early Christmas present: book of Hiroshige prints

My family and I visited my wife's sister today, who was busy putting together the last of her "famous" garage sales for the year. She holds several a year, and typically has an amazing array of "stuff".

We were poking through the piles of stuff, when my wife produced a slip-cased little book. She mentioned she had picked it out for me earlier as a Christmas present, but wanted to see if I was really interested in it. I was shocked to find an accordion-style bound book of miniature Hiroshige prints. Through further examination and some quick internet research, we learned that it's a Hoeido miniature edition of Hiroshige's 'The 53 Stages of Tokaido', published by the Takamizawa Ukiyo-e Co. We're thinking, by it's appearance, it was printed in the early '50s, right after occupation.

The book itself is in great shape (the slip case if a bit battered) and the post-card sized prints themselves are like they were just printed:



I have no idea of the worth of the book, but it has to be more than the $20.00 that we paid for it. All together, there is a total of 55 terrific little woodblock prints bound together, all in perfect shape.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:31 AM
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Re: Early Christmas present: book of Hiroshige prints

How marvelous, John... and I can imagine studying those little prints will result in some super work on your part...

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Re: Early Christmas present: book of Hiroshige prints

What an amazing find! Are they all landscapes, or are their gaishas too? I was thinking a gaisha print would be a lovely project, as they wear such beautiful fabric and clear make up.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:17 PM
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Re: Early Christmas present: book of Hiroshige prints

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What an amazing find! Are they all landscapes, or are their gaishas too? I was thinking a gaisha print would be a lovely project, as they wear such beautiful fabric and clear make up.

No, these are all landscapes - Hiroshige is most famous for his landscapes of feudal Japan, though I've got a book dealing solely on his bird and flower prints (though it's a modern printing - not like this little gem...) You'd want to look for prints by Toshusai Sharaku, who specialized in actors and geishas, or the "sensual" ones by Utamaro Kitagawa
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