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Night at Ginza (1979 re-issue)


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Night at Ginza

by Kawakami Sumio,

1979 re-issue of original 1929 edition

IHL Cat. #33

About This Print

This is a 1979 version of the 1929 issue of Night at Ginza for the series Shin Tokyo Hyakkei - One Hundred Views of New TokyoSee IHLCat. 253 for the 1945 version of this print issued as part of Scenes of Last Tokyo and for details on the print's subject matter.

The three versions of Night at Ginza (Yoru no Ginza) are pictured below.

1929 version
Number 65 from the series One Hundred Views of New Tokyo (Shin Tôkyô hyakkei)
(Carnegie Museum of Art 89.28.1313.2)
  1979 version, possibly from recarved blocks or reprinted from the original 1929 blocks
(IHL Catalog #33)
  Note differences with1945 version on right, including buttons on blue suited figure and white portion in hairdo of figure on right, and similarities anddifferences with 1929 version on left.

The 1979 Book Kawakami Sumio zenshu

Mizui-hanga web gallery
限定380 手刷り
中央公論社 昭和54刊

The following details on this book are from Worldcat.org:
川上澄生全集 /
Kawakami sumio zenshū
by 川上澄生. Sumio Kawakami
Language: Japanese 
Publisher: 中央公論社, Tōkyō : Chūō Kōronsha, Shōwa 54[1979].

川上澄生全集. 第2卷.
Kawakami sumio zenshū. 2
by 川上澄生, ; ; Sumio Kawakami
 Type:      Book; Japanese
Publisher:    中央公論社, Tōkyō : Chūōkōronsha, 1978.
OCLC:    33504417

Upon seeing the above item in the Mizui-hanga catalog on their web page I made the following inquiry and received the below response.

On 2009/03/17, at 15:20, Irwin Lavenberg wrote:
Can you please tell me about the Sumio Kawakami print "Ginza". Is it a reprint of the original print     published in 1929? If so, when was it  reprinted and who was the publisher?

Thank you,
Irwin Lavenberg

Dear Irwin Lavenberg

Thank you for an inquiry.  Because there was a work in the warehouse, it took time to examine it.
An answer becomes slow, and I'm sorry. It is made with a book in 1979. Chuokoron-Sha. A print is Sumio
Kawakami wood print(in 1929).

Isshin Mizui-Hanga
Mitsuko Mizui
2-10-6 Nishiwaseda shinjyuku-ku
Tokyo 169-0051 JAPAN
Tel 81(0) 3 3203 3585
Fax 81(0) 3 3208 1044

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #33
 Title Night at Ginza (Yoru no Ginza)
 SeriesOriginally published 1929 as part of the series One Hundred Views ofNew TokyoShin Tokyo hyakkei) ( and again in 1945 with re-cut blocks forthe series Scenes of Last Tokyo (Tokyo kaiko zue).  See print IHLCat. 253 for the Scenes of Last Tokyo 1945 reissued print.  See discussion below titled "The 1979 Book Kawakami Sumio zenshu".
 Sumio Kawakami 川上澄生 (1895-1972)
 Seal none
 Publication Date 1979 reprint of original 1929 version by Tokyo publisher Chūō Kōronsha as part of Kawakami Sumio zenshu, 14 volumes, Chronology byTakeyama Hirohiko. This print likely appeared in volume 2.
 Edition likely 1979 reprint by Chuo Koronsha
 Publisher  Chuo Koronsha
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 9 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (27.3 x 26 cm)
 H x W Image 7 x  9 1/2 in. (17.8 x 24.1 cm)
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