Books on Japanese woodblock print artists


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Utamaro_book Asano, Shūgō, and Clark, Timothy (1995). The passionate art of Kitagawa Utamaro (2 volumes in slipcase). Tokyo: Asahi Shimbun.
Harunobu Guimet book Bayou, Hélène (2014). Suzuki Harunobu. Un poète du féminin (Suzuki Harunobu. A poet of women). Paris: Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet.

Note: With many thanks to Serge Astières for giving me this book.
Kabuki book Bayou, Hélène (2015). Japon. Images d’acteurs. Estampes du Kabuki au XVIIIe siècle (Japan. Images of actors. Kabuki prints of the 18th century). Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux.

Note: With many thanks to Serge Astières for giving me this book.
Bicknell_book Bicknell, Julian (1994). Hiroshige in Tokyo. The Floating World of Edo. San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks.
Kendall_Brown_book Brown, Kendall H. (2003, 2008). Kawase Hasui. The complete woodblock prints (2 volumes in slipcase). Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing.
Fresh Impressions Book Brown, Kendall H., Putney, Carolyn M., Shūko, Koyama, and Binnie, Paul (2013). Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints. Toledo: Toledo Museum of Art.

Note: This catalogue reproduces all the Shin Hanga prints of the famous 1930 Toledo Museum of Art exhibition in full colour.
David_Bull_FirstChoice(1) Bull, David (2009). David’s Choice, Volume One. An invitation to a viewing of prints from the personal collection of Tokyo woodblock printmaker David Bull. Tokyo: Mokuhankan Publishing.

Note: This eBook can be obtained here.
Chiba_Harunobu_book Chiba City Museum of Art (2002). Suzuki Harunobu. Chiba: Chiba City Museum of Art and Hagi Uragami Museum.
DawnFloatingWorld_book Clark, Timothy, Nishimura Morse, Anne, and Virgin, Louise E., with Hockley, Allen (2002). The Dawn of the Floating World. Boston: Royal Academy of Arts.
Chikanobu book by Bruce A. Coats Coats, Bruce A. (2006). Chikanobu. Modernity and nostalgia in Japanese prints. Leiden: Hotei publishing.
Collia-Suzuki-Book Collia-Suzuki, Gina (2009). The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro. A Descriptive Catalogue. Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom: Nezu Press.
Dalon et al Hokusai book Dalon, Laure, Nagata, Seiji, Negishi, Mika, Takemura, Makoto and Okuda, Atsuko (2014). Hokusai. Paris, Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales, 1er octobre 2014 - 18 janvier 2015. Paris: Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux.
LEstampeJaponaise Delay, Nelly (1993). L’Estampe Japonaise (The Japanese Print). Paris: Editions Hazan.
Hokusai_One_100Views_Mount_Fuji Delay, Nelly (2008). Hokusai. Les Cent Vues du Mont Fuji (One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji). Paris: Editions Hazan.

Note: Contains photographic reproductions of a later 1840s edition of the One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji prints, using newly carved grey and salmon pink coloured woodblocks.
Hiroshihe_Tokaido Delay, Nelly (2010). Hiroshige. Sur la route du Tōkaidō (Hiroshige. On the Tōkaidō road). Paris: Editions Hazan.

Note: Contains photographic reproductions of the kyōka (comic poems) edition of Hiroshige’s series The fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō road.
Jan_van_Doesburg_Book Doesburg, Jan van (2013). Ukiyo-e to Horimono. The History and Art of Japanese Prints and Tattooing. Dodewaard: Huys den Esch.
Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji nn Maps Etsuno, Moriyama, and Matsumura, Masako (2005). 江戸切絵図・富士見十三州輿地全図で辿る・北斎・広重の冨岳三十六景筆くらべ (which translates into something like Changing pictures of Edo. Follow views of Fuji from the thirteen provinces in all drawings. Hokusai’s and Hiroshige’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji compared.). Tokyo: Jinbunsha.

Note: Indicates the exact location of each view in Hokusai’s and in Hiroshige’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series, both on an old Edo and on a modern Tokyo map.
Matthi Forrer ToshiroBook Forrer, Matthi (1985). Eirakuya Tōshirō, publisher at Nagoya. Amsterdam: J.C. Gieben.

Note: An indispensable guide for anyone interested in Hokusai’s illustrated books.
Matthi_Forrer_Hokusai_book Forrer, Matthi (1991). Hokusai, Prints and Drawings. Munich: Prestel Verlag and Royal Academy of Arts, London.
BaurCollection_JapanesePrints_book Forrer, Matthi (1994). Japanese Prints (2 volumes in slipcase). Vol. 10-11, Genève: Collections Baur.
Matthi_Forrer_Hiroshige_book Forrer, Matthi (1997). Hiroshige, Prints and Drawings. London: Royal Academy of Arts and Prestel Verlag.
Matthi_Forrer_Hokusai_2011 Forrer, Matthi (2010). Hokusai. Munich: Prestel Verlag.

Note: The best general overview of Hokusai’s work that I have seen so far. An oversized book beautifully layed-out in Japanese style and containing background information and wonderful reproductions of his prints and paintings.
Hokusai_Sumida_Gawa Forrer, Matthi (2012). Hokusai. Coup d’oeil sur les deux rives du fleuve Sumida, suivi de: Le fleuve Yodo (Simultaneous views of the two banks of the Sumida river, followed by: The Yodo river). Paris: Editions Hazan.

Note: Includes translations in French of all Japanese titles and kyōka (i.e., comic poems) on each print, as well as explanations of the corresponding views.
Hokusai La Manga Book Forrer, Matthi (2014). Hokusai. La Manga. L’Édition Complète Commentée (Hokusai manga. The complete commented edition). (2 volumes in slipcase). Paris: Editions Hazan.

Note: Contains facsimile reproductions of all images in all fifteen volumes of the Hokusai manga, including explanations of each image. To my knowledge this has never done before and is therefore a unique and wonderful publication.
Matthi_Forrer_Hokusai_2011 Forrer, Matthi, Gulik, Willem R. van, and Kaempfer, Heinz M. (1982). Hokusai and his school: paintings, drawings and illustrated books. Leiden: Society for Japanese Arts and Crafts.
Images du Monde Flottant Galeries nationales du Grand Palais (2004). Images du Monde flottant. Peintures et estampes japonaises XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles (Images of the floating world. Japanese paintings and pictures of the XVIIth-XVIIIth centuries). Paris: Galeries nationales du Grand Palais.

Note: With many thanks to Serge Astières for giving me this book.
Jack Hillier Book on Hokusai Hillier, Jack (1980). The art of Hokusai in book illustration. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications; Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Korin Album Hōchū, Nakamura (2010). L’Album de Kōrin (Kōrin’s album). Arles: Editions Philippe Picquier.

Note: With many thanks to Serge Astières for giving me this book.
Hiroshige Kisokaido Book Izzard, Sebastian (2008). Hiroshige and Eisen. The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido. New York: George Braziller Publisher.

Note: Please take the time to visit the French Kisokaido website of Serge Astières completely dedicated to this series of Japanese woodblock prints.
Marije_Jansen_book Jansen, Marije (2004). Hiroshige’s journey in the 60-odd provinces. Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing.
Marije_Jansen_book2 Jansen, Marije (2016). Japan modern. Japanse prenten uit de collectie Elise Wessels. (Modern Japan. Japanese prints from the collection of Elise Wessels.) Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum.
Jun_Tinios_Book Jun, Suzuki, and Tinios, Ellis (2013). Understanding Japanese woodblock-printed illlustrated books. A short introduction to their history, bibliography and format. Leiden: Brill.
Roger Keyes Ehon book Keyes, Roger S. (2006). Ehon. The artist and the book in Japan. New York: The New York Public Library.
Ukiyoe_LibraryOfCongress Kita, Sandy, Marceau, Lawrence E., Blood, Katherine L., and Farquhar, James Douglas (2001). The floating world of Ukiyo-e: shadows, dreams, and substance. New York: Harry N. Abrams, in association with the Library of Congress.
Tadashi_Kobayashi_book Kobayashi, Tadashi (1993). Utamaro. Portraits from the Floating World. Tokyo: Kodansha International.
Tadashi_Kobayashi_book Kobayashi, Tadashi (1997). Ukiyo-e. An introduction to Japanese woodblock prints. Tokyo: Kodansha International.

Note: A classic, as far as I am concerned. The very first book that I bought (at Narita airport) and read about Japanese woodblock prints.
One Hundred Famous Views of Edo on Maps Kōmei, Hori (1996). 江戸切絵図で歩く・広重の大江戸名所百景散歩 (which translates into something like Walking through changing pictures of Edo. A walk along Hiroshige’s One hundred famous views of Edo). Tokyo: Jinbunsha.

Note: Shows the exact location of each view in the One hundred famous views of Edo series by Hiroshige, both on an old Edo and on a modern Tokyo map.
Shinsui_book Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts et al, eds. (1996). Ito Shinsui. All the woodblock prints. Japan: S. Watanabe Color Print Company.
Andreas Marks Book Marks, Andreas (2010). Japanese Woodblock Prints. Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680 - 1900. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing.
Andreas Marks Compendium Marks, Andreas (2011). Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium. Leiden: Hotei Publishing.
Seven Masters book of Andreas Marks Marks, Andreas (2015). Seven Masters. 20th-century Japanese woodblock prints from the Wells collection. Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Katherine Martin Shin Hanga Book Martin, Katherine (2006). Highlights of Japanese printmaking. Part 2: Shin Hanga. New York: Scholten Japanese Art.
Merritt_Yamada_Guide_to_MJP Merritt, Helen, and Yamada, Nanako (1992). Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900 - 1975. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
Merritt_Yamada_Kuchi-e Merritt, Helen, and Yamada, Nanako (2000). Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints. Reflections of Meiji culture. University of Hawai’i Press.
Michener Hokusai Sketchbooks Michener, James A. (1958). The Hokusai Sketchbooks. Selections from the Manga. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing.

Note: Contains three actual woodblock prints of the Manga from newly cut woodblocks reproduced under the supervision of Tōshi Yoshida.
Michener_book Michener, James A. (1983). The Floating World. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Richard_Miles_Paul_Jacoulet Miles, Richard (1982). The prints of Paul Jacoulet. Pasadena: Pacific Asia Museum.
Modern Japanese Prints Book MOA Museum of Art (1983). 近代日本の木版画 (Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints). Atami: MOA Museum of Art.
Morse Hokusai Book Morse, Peter (1989). Hokusai: One Hundred Poets. New York: George Braziller.
Seiji_Nagata_book Nagata, Seiji (1999). Hokusai. Genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-e. Tokyo: Kodansha International.
Muneshige_Narazaki_book_12 Narazaki, Muneshige, ed. (1988). Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections, Volume 12. The Berlin Oriental Art Museum. Tokyo: Kodansha International.
Muneshige_Narazaki_book_6 Narazaki, Muneshige, ed. (1989). Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections, Volume 6. The Guimet Museum in Paris. Tokyo: Kodansha International.
Muneshige_Narazaki_O_Muller Narazaki, Muneshige, ed. (1990). Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in Western collections. The Robert O. Muller Collection. Tokyo: Kodansha International.
Muneshige_Narazaki_Sharaku Narazaki, Muneshige (1994). Sharaku. The Enigmatic Ukiyo-e Master. Tokyo: Kodansha International.
Ukiyo-e-book Translation in Dutch of:

Neuer, Roni, Libertson, Herbert, and Yoshida, Susugu, (1978). Ukiyo-e. 250 years of Japanese art.

Alphen aan den Rijn: Atrium.

Note: With many thanks to Wim Knollenburg and Else den Dool for giving me this book.
Newland_Uhlenbeck_book Newland, Amy, and Uhlenbeck, Chris, eds. (1990). Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga. The Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints. New York: Mallard Press.

Note: A wonderful and lavishly illustrated overview of the complete history of Japanese woodblock prints.
Newland_Shinji_book Newland, Amy Reigle, and Shinji, Hamanaka (2000). The female image. 20th century prints of Japanese beauties. Leiden: Hotei Publishing.
Newland_Uhlenbeck_Mirviss_book Newland, Amy Reigle, ed. (2004). Printed to Perfection. Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection. Leiden: Hotei Publishing, in association with Sackler Gallery/Smithsonian Institution.
Courtesan Day book Newland, Amy Reigle, ed. (2004). A courtesan’s day: hour by hour. Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing.
The_Hotei_Encyclopedia_book Newland, Amy Reigle, ed. (2005). The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints (2 volumes). Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing.
Takehisa Yumeji book Newland, Amy Reigle, ed. (2015). Takehisa Yumeji. Leiden: Hotei Publishing.
Nostalgia And Modernity book Nihon no hanga (2012a). Nostalgia and Modernity. The styles of Komura Settai and Kawanishi Hide. Amsterdam: Nihon no hanga.

Note: The website of Nihon no hanga is here.
PupilsOfKaburakiKiyokata Nihon no hanga (2012b). The Pupils of Kaburaki Kiyokata. New Ukiyo-e from the Greater Taishō Period. Amsterdam: Nihon no hanga.

Note: The website of Nihon no hanga is here.
Adventurous Artists Nihon no Hanga Nihon no hanga (2017). Adventurous Artists. Depicting Japan and the World. Amsterdam: Nihon no hanga.

Note: The website of Nihon no hanga is here.
Meiji Taisho Bijin Exhibition Book Ōta Memorial Museum of Art (1993). 明治大正美人版画展 (Pronounced as: Meiji Taishō bijin hangaten. Translating into: A woodblock print exhibition of Meiji-Taishō beauties.) Tokyo: Ōta Memorial Museum of Art.
YamamotoShoun Book Ōta Memorial Museum of Art (2006). Yamamoto Shoun. Special Exhibition Collection of the Museum of Art, Kochi. Tokyo: Ōta Memorial Museum of Art.
Hiroshige Ouspenski Book Ouspenski, Mikhaïl (1997). Hiroshige. Cent Vues d’Edo (Hiroshige. One hundred views of Edo). Sint Petersburg: Aurora Editions.
JapanesePrintsAndGo Pinckard, William, and Akiko, Kitagawa (2010). Japanese Prints and the World of Go. Chigasaki: Kiseido Publishing Company.
Jacoulet_Book_2013 Polak, Christian, et Sawatari, Kiyoko (2013). Un artiste voyageur en Micronésie. L’univers flottant de Paul Jacoulet. (A travelling artist in Micronesia. The floating world of Paul Jacoulet.) Musée du quai Branly, Paris: Somogy éditions d’art.
Van Gogh Museum Catalogue Rappard-Boon, Charlotte van, Gulik, Willem van, and Bremen, Keiko van (2006). Japanese prints. Catalogue of the Van Gogh museum’s collection. Revised edition. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum. Zwolle: Waanders Publishers.

Note: With many thanks to Catrien Bijleveld for giving me this book.
Hiroshige Shiraishi book Shiraishi, Tsutomu (1988). 広重 東海道 五十三次  慶應義塾 高橋誠一郎浮世絵コレクション (pronounced as Hiroshige Tōkaidō gojūsantsugi. Keio gijuku Takahashi Seiichirō ukiyo-e korekushon and translating into Hiroshige’s 53 views of the Tokaido. The ukiyo-e collection of Takahashi Seiichiro). Tokyo: Shogakukan.

Note: This book displays seven of Hiroshige’s 53 views of the Tōkaidō series side by side, station by station: the Hōeidō series, the Jimbutsu series, the Tate-e (i.e., vertical print) series, the Gyōsho series, the Reisho series, the Kyōka series, and the Tōkaidō Fukei Zuye ehon series.
Hiroshige_1 Smith, H.D., and Poster, A. (1986). Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. New York: George Braziller.
Smith II Kiyochika Book Smith, Henry D. (1988). Kiyochika. Artist of Meiji Japan. Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Smith II Hokusai Book Smith, Henry D. (1988). Hokusai. One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji. New York: George Braziller, Inc.

Note: Contains photographic reproductions of the One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji prints obtained from the black key- and grey colourblocks as originally designed by Hokusai.
Lawrence_Smith Smith, Lawrence (1994). Modern Japanese Prints 1912 - 1989. London: British Museum Press.
Amy_Stephens_book Stephens, Amy Reigle (1993). The New Wave. Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection. London: Bamboo Publishing & Leiden: Hotei Japanese prints.

Note: An absolutely gorgeous and indispensable book for anyone interested in Shin Hanga. Unfortunately rare.
Edward_Strange Strange, Edward F. (1904). Japanese Illustration. A history of wood cuts and colour printing in Japan. London: George Bell and Sons.
Kotondo_book Takashima, Masao (1995). Torii Kotondo. Wood Block Prints. Paintings. Tokyo: Gallery Beniya.
Hiroshi_Yohida_Complete_Woodblock_Prints The Complete Woodblock Prints of Yoshida Hiroshi (1987). Tokyo: ABE Corporation.
Paul_Jacoulet_Rainbow_Colours The rainbow artist Paul Jacoulet (2003). Yokohama: The Yokohama Museum of Art.
Hokusai Thompson book Thompson, Sarah E. (2015). Hokusai. Boston: MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts.
Ellis Tinios Japanese Prints book Tinios, Ellis (2010). Japanese Prints. London: The British Museum Press.

Note: With many thanks to Serge Astières for giving me this book.
Tsunetomi Tokyo Station Gallery (2003). Retrospective: Kitano Tsunetomi. Kitano Tsunetomi ten.
Hiroshige_Trede Trede, Melanie, and Bichler, Lorenz (2010). Hiroshige. Meisho Edo hyakkei. Honderd beroemde aanzichten van Edo (Hiroshige. One hundred famous views of Edo). Köln: Taschen.
La_Nouvelle_Vague Uhlenbeck, Chris, et Daulte, François (1994). La nouvelle vague. Estampes Japonaises de 1868 à 1939 dans la collection Robert O. Muller (The new wave. Japanese prints of 1868-1939 in the collection of Robert O. Muller). Lausanne-Paris: Bibliothèques des Arts.

Note: This is the French abridged version of the famous 1993 New Wave book of Amy Reigle Stephens (see above).
Mount Fuji book Uhlenbeck, Chris, and Molenaar, Merel (2000). Mount Fuji. Sacred mountain of Japan. Leiden: Hotei Publishing.
Hiroshige_Shaping_The_Image Uhlenbeck, Chris, and Jansen, Marije (2008). Hiroshige. Shaping the Image of Japan. Leiden: Koninklijke Brill NV.
Uhlenbeck Fuji Uhlenbeck, Chris (2015). Fuji. Iconische berg in beeld. (Fuji. Images of an iconic mountain.) Leiden: Japanmuseum SieboldHuis.
Waves Of Renewal Book Uhlenbeck, Chris, Newland, Amy Reigle, and de Vries, Maureen (2016). Waves of Renewal. Modern Japanese Prints 1900-1960. Leiden: Hotei Publishing.
Ehon_Utamaro(1) Utamaro, Kitagawa, Morelon, Dominique, Lemirre, Elizabeth, et Marquet, Christophe (2012). Insectes choisis. Myriades d’oiseaux. (Insects chosen. Myriads of birds.) Arles: Editions Philippe Picquier.

Note: Contains photographic reproductions of the ehon mushi erami (illustrated book of crawling creatures, published in 1788) and the ehon momochidori (illustrated book of myriad birds, published in 1790), including Japanese titles and kyōka (i.e., comic poems) on each print in rōmaji as well as their translations in French.
Visions_of_Japan_book Visions of Japan. Kawase Hasui’s Masterpieces (2004). Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing.
TsuchiyaKoitsuCatalogue Walker, Ross, and Doi, Toshikazu (2008). The Catalogue Raisonné of Tsuchiya Koitsu. Meiji to Shin-Hanga, Watercolours to Woodblocks. Otsu City, Shiga, Japan: Ohmi Gallery Publishing.
The_Harunobu_Decade_Book Waterhouse, David (2013). The Harunobu Decade. A Catalogue of Woodcuts by Suzuki Harunobu and his followers in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2 volumes in slipcase). Leiden: Koninklijke Brill NV.
Wells_book Wells, Florence G. (1957). Paul Jacoulet, Wood-Block Artist. Tokyo: Foreign Affairs Association of Japan.

Note 1: Contains a tipped in small scale (surimono) version (14.5 x 9.7 cm) of Paul Jacoulet’s print Les Jades: Mandchoukuo which can be seen here.
Note 2: This copy was autographed by Jacoulet in 1957.
Yamada_Kuchi-e_book Yamada, Nanako (2005). Survey of Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints. Tokyo: Bunsei Shoin Booksellers Co., Ltd.
Kuniyoshi_book Yuriko, Iwakari with Amy Reigle Newland (2013). Kuniyoshi. Japanese master of imagined worlds. Leiden & Boston: Hotei Publishing.


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