This excellent book with its fine illustrations offers a systematic study of kappazuri-e or stencil prints, whose outlines are printed via wood keyblock and whose colors are applied through stencils. The author focuses on the manners and customs of eighteenth/nineteenth-century Japanese as depicted in the prints. The main text is in Japanese, but there is an English list of captions for all 127 illustrations. The eighteenth- and nineteenth-century artists include Harukawa, Hotta, Konobu, Masatsugu, Mitsunobu, Nagahide, Norinaga, Shunboku, Shuncho, Sukenobu, Tokinobu, Tomimaro, Toyokuni (not the Edo artist), Yoshinobu, and a large number of anonymous designers (unsigned kappazuri-e). Highly recommended!
Takao Nakao (Nakao Shôsendo Ltd, Osaka); February 2003 (first printing); hardcover (dual-tone brown laminate); like new; 127 illustrations all in color; Text in Japanese; List of plates (English); 229pp.
Note: Our own Peter Ujlaki assisted in the production of this volume, as acknowledged by the author in a postscript: "This list of plates [illustrations] was completed in cooperation with my friend Mr. Peter Ujlaki.... I am grateful to Mr. Peter Ujlaki for his help to my project. With love to Peter and all who have supported me."