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Heroes, villains, and damsels in distress abound in these richly colored, dramatic images from the Japanese equivalent of dime-store novels. These illustrations were selected from woodblock-printed covers and frontispiece illustrations from 64 popular books published in Osaka from 1898 through 1903. They include samurai and strong men, demons and detectives, courtesans, sumo wrestlers, and other vivid characters in scenarios ranging from romantic to grotesquely violent. Printed in the color woodblock method in use since the late eighteenth century, they provide a link between an ancient storytelling tradition and the beginning of mass-published popular literature. 

Created during the Meiji era (1868–1912), when Japanese society was changing dramatically with the influx of Western technology and values, these images appealed to a wide audience of newly literate readers. Their scenes of retribution and sacrifice reflect a modern consciousness of Japanese history and a longing for an idealized vision of the past, marked by traditional values of loyalty, filial piety, self-sacrifice, and chivalry. Long considered a disposable form of popular culture, these books were not carefully preserved or collected. This collection, assembled by an expert on Japanese art, offers a rare glimpse of a newly rediscovered art form. 

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Selected from woodblock-printed book covers and frontispieces from 1898 to 1903, this original compilation features 64 dramatic images from the Japanese equivalent of dime-store novels. An expert in Asian art contributes captions and an informative Introduction.

Synopsis:

Samurai, strongmen, demons, and detectives abound in this original selection of 64 woodblock-printed book covers and frontispiece illustrations from 1898 to 1903. Assembled by an expert in Asian art, who contributes captions and a substantial introduction, they offer rare glimpses of a newly rediscovered art form: the Japanese equivalent of dime-store novels.

Synopsis:

Selected from woodblock-printed book covers and frontispiece illustrations from the 1890s, this original Dover edition features dramatic images of samurai and other warriors. The editor, an expert in Asian art, contributes captions and a substantial Introduction, making this book a valuable resource for scholars of Japanese art and 19th-century book illustration.

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ISBN:
9780486476407
Author:
Brown, Kendall H.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Editor:
Brown, Kendall
Author:
Brown, Kendall
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Women in art
Subject:
Men in art.
Subject:
Printmaking
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Fine Art, History of Art
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.25 x 11 in 1.13 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Selected from woodblock-printed book covers and frontispieces from 1898 to 1903, this original compilation features 64 dramatic images from the Japanese equivalent of dime-store novels. An expert in Asian art contributes captions and an informative Introduction.
"Synopsis" by ,
Samurai, strongmen, demons, and detectives abound in this original selection of 64 woodblock-printed book covers and frontispiece illustrations from 1898 to 1903. Assembled by an expert in Asian art, who contributes captions and a substantial introduction, they offer rare glimpses of a newly rediscovered art form: the Japanese equivalent of dime-store novels.
"Synopsis" by , Selected from woodblock-printed book covers and frontispiece illustrations from the 1890s, this original Dover edition features dramatic images of samurai and other warriors. The editor, an expert in Asian art, contributes captions and a substantial Introduction, making this book a valuable resource for scholars of Japanese art and 19th-century book illustration.
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