Books on the making of Japanese woodblock prints
There is a surprisingly small number of English books available on the making of Japanese woodblock prints. Of these, the two books written by members of the Yoshida family (Hiroshi and Tōshi) and the eBook by David Bull definitely stand out. The original books of Hiroshi and Tōshi Yoshida are quite difficult to obtain. Fortunately, an electronic version of the book written by Hiroshi is available by clicking on the link shown below.
All the book images can be clicked (and then clicked again) to obtain a larger (and even larger) view of the book cover.
|Azechi, Umetaro (1963). Japanese Woodblock Prints. Their Techniques and Appreciation. Tokyo: Toto Shuppan Company, Ltd.|
|Bull, David (2009). Your First Print. An introduction to Japanese Woodblock Printmaking. Tokyo: Mokuhankan Publishing.
Note: This wonderful and highly instructive eBook can be obtained here.
|Chiba, Reiko (1959). The making of a Japanese print. Harunobu’s ‘‘Heron maid’’. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company.
Note: With many thanks to my brother Michel for giving me this book. Its complete contents can be viewed here.
|Covey, Sylvie (2016). Modern Printmaking. A Guide to Traditional and Digital Techniques. Berkeley: Watson-Guptill Publications.
Note: This book covers a grand total of fifteen printmaking techniques, one of them being the Japanese woodblock printmaking process.
|Doi Hangaten (ca 1951). The Process of Wood-Cut Printing. Tokyo: Doi Hangaten.
Note: This little book shows the ten impressions used in the printing process of Tsuchiya Koitsu’s postcard print Arashiyama (嵐山) published in 1936. The first and last pages of the book can be viewed here and here.
|Kurosaki, Akira (1999). 木版画 (Moku Hanga). Tokyo: NHK Shuppan.|
|Laitinen, Kari, Moilanen, Tuula, and Tanttu, Antti (1999). The Art and Craft of Woodblock Printmaking. Woodblock Printmaking with Oil-based Inks and the Japanese Watercolour Woodcut. Helsinki: University of Art and Design.|
|Hiratsuka Moore, Keiko (1973). Moku Hanga. How to make Japanese wood block prints. Washington: Acropolis Books Ltd.|
|Miller Kanada, Margaret (1989). Color Woodblock Printmaking. The Traditional Method of Ukiyo-e. Tokyo: Shufunomoto Co., Ltd.|
|Phillips, Walter J. (1926). The Technique of the Color Wood-Cut. Brown-Robertson Co., Inc.
Note: The complete contents of this book can be viewed here.
|Sadamura, Tadashi (1987). いま、北斎が甦る (pronounced as Ima, Hokusai ga yomigaeru, and translating into something like Hokusai now brought back to life). Publisher: Kawade Shobo Shinsha.
Note: This Japanese book shows how original woodblocks of the Ehon Sumida Gawa Ryōgan Ichiran designed by Hokusai (which were donated by William Bigelow (1850-1920) to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and rediscovered there in 1986) were used to obtain new impressions of these three picture books. With many thanks to David Bull for sending me this book as a gift.
|Salter, Rebecca (2001). Japanese Woodblock Printing. London: A & C Black.|
|Translation in Dutch of:
Simmons, Rosemary, and Clemson, Katie (1988). The complete manual of relief printmaking: a practical guide to the tools and techniques of linocutting, woodcutting and wood engraving.
De Bilt: Cantecleer BV.
|Tokuriki, Tomikichiro (1970). Wood-block Print Primer. San Francisco: Japan Publications Trading Company.|
|Tokuriki, Tomikichiro (1975). Wood-block Printing. Osaka: Hoikusha Publishing Co., Ltd.|
|Yoshida, Hiroshi (1939). Japanese Wood-Block Printing. Tokyo: The Sanseido Company Ltd.
Note 1: The complete contents of this book can be obtained in electronic format here.
Note 2: Included as a frontispiece is an original small scale version (15.9 x 10.4 cm) of Hiroshi Yoshida’s print ‘‘Cherry and Castle’’ which can be seen here.
Note 3: Also contains original day- and night-time versions of Hiroshi Yoshida’s print ‘‘A Junk’’ of size 16.0 x 9.6 cm which can be seen here and here, respectively.
|Yoshida, Tōshi and Yuki, Rei (1966). Japanese Print Making. A Handbook of Traditional & Modern Techniques. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company, Inc.|