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Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print: Including an Illustrated Dictionary of Ukiyo-e

Richard Lane, 1978 by Konecky & Konecky, 364 pages, over 900 illustrations in color and b&w, Out of Print, this copy in as new condition with minor shelf wear to the dust jacket, otherwise fine, square and tight binding, with no internal markings.

Written by one of the foremost experts on Japanese woodblock prints, Images from the floating World is an extensive history of the development of ukiyo-e in its sociological context and of the lives of its masters, with particular emphasis on the innovation in style and techniques that each one contributed. Not limited strictly to the major artists, the work also takes a comprehensive view of one of the most important epochs in Japanese art, illustrated by over 900 pictures in color and black and white.

Also included is a "Dictionary of Ukiyo-e," containing cross-referenced entries for artists, schools, techniques, historical periods, etc. Dr. Lane also describes the illustrated books, erotic albums and paintings that fall within the school of ukiyo-e. Numerous Japanese seals and signatures are reproduced in the margins, and important series such as the "Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji" by Hokusai are illustrated in full to aid scholars, collectors and art lovers.Selected bibliographies for artists in the dictionary, as well as a general bibliography and two indexes complete this fascinating book, a veritable mine of pictorial and written information for all who are fascinated by the unique magic of Japanese woodblock prints.