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Ex Libris, Various

Butterfly from the series Outdoor Sketches
 

Japanese Colored Woodblock Print

Various Ex Libris

by Maekawa Senpan, c. 1950s

Butterfly from the series Outdoor Sketches

    
 
IHL Cat. #2027
Woman in bath (yellow)
 
IHL Cat. #2026
Woman in bath (gray)

 
IHL Cat. #2025
Woman with apples
 
IHL Cat. #2028
Fish

 
IHL Cat. #2029
Hydrangea


About This Print

Five small book plates that were created for a collector of ex libris 蔵書票 with the name of S. Kagayama. Three of the bookplates show the collector's name in kanji characters, either 加賀山 (Kagayama) or 加賀山 蔵書 (Kagayama library) and the other two provide the collector's name in English, either Kagayama or S. Kagayama. 

Ex Libris and the Sōsaku Hanga Movement
Source: Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints - The Early YearsHelen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1998, p. 272.

Early in the sōsaku-hanga movement both bookplates and New Year cards became popular. These required small designs and appealed to those who did not feel competent to handle large blocks. They were, however, also produced by major artists.

...[T]he modern enthusiasm for bookplates is traceable to Europe, as indicated by the Japanese use of the Latin term "ex libris." The European revival of bookplates [in the late 19th century] spread to Japan through an article by Emil Orlik in Myōjō in 1900 during his stay in Japan.

Print Details
 IHL Catalog  #2025, #2026, #2027, #2028, #2029
 Titles  untitled 
 Series  N/A
 Artist 
 Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
 Signature 
 unsigned
 Seal
 2025: "sen"; 2026: not signed; 2027 "千帆" Senpan; 2028 "センパン" Senpan; 2029: not signed
 Publication Date  unknown, possible c. 1950s
 Edition  
 Publisher  commissioned by the collector
 Carver  likely the artist
 Printer  likely the artist
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  
 H x W Paper  2025: 3 7/8 x 3 in. (9.8 x 7.6 cm) 2026: 4 5/8 x 3 3/8 in. (11.7 x 8.6 cm)
 2027: 3 3/4 x 2 3/8 in. (9.5 x 6 cm) 2028: 1 15/16 x 2 5/8 in. (4.9 x 6.7 cm)   2029: 3 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. (8.3 x 6.7 cm)
 Collections This Print  
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last revision:
created: 2/13/2019 
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