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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

IHL Cat. #2029

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
 Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
 2025: "sen"; 2026: not signed; 2027 "千帆" Senpan; 2028 "センパン" Senpan; 2029: not signed
 Publication Date unknown, possible c. 1950s
 Publisher commissioned by the collector
 Carver likely the artist
 Printer likely the artist
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 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)
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created: 2/13/2019