Waley, Arthur trans.; original woodcuts by Ralph Kiggell: LEADING THE CRANES HOME. A selection of Chinese poems translated by Arthur Waley. Llandogo, 2006. 52 pp. Introduction, title page with double page colour woodblock print and 24 poems each accompanied by a colour woodblock print. Afterword. 35x29 cm. Decorative boards. In Chinese-style slipcase.
A selection of 24 poems taken from Waley's two works '170 Chinese Poems' and 'Chinese Poems'. The poems range in date from the Han to the Song dynasties and include works by China's greatest poets. In addition to the wonderful double page woodblock print of a crane on the title page, a colour woodblock print by the artist, Ralph Kiggell, accompanies each poem depicting the artist's interpretation of the poem, an aspect or a theme. Kiggell studied Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London where Waley had also studied. Kiggell's artistic interpretation of the poems thus undoubtedly possesses greater cultural insight than that of an artist purely versed in western culture. Many of the woodblocks are double page. The paper is 250 gsm Velin Arches, the type is Elizabeth, and Kiggell's woodcuts were all printed from the wood. Numbered edition of 150 copies, each signed by the artist. A beautiful work that is a collector's item.
Subjects: Poetry Woodcuts
Available, as of: 01/02/2019
Was item 625 in printed List 194.
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