ZHONGGUO BANHUA QUANJI. (A Compendium of Chinese Woodblock Prints). Zhongguo Meishu Fenlei Quanji. Beijing, 2012. c. 400 pp. per volume. Over 200 pp. full page colour and b/w plates to each volume. B/w text illustrations. 3 foldouts in volume 6. 6 vols. 29x22 cm. Cloth.
A very good and useful six-volume representative survey of Chinese woodblock printing across the centuries.
Vol. 1: Buddhist Prints: From the Tang through to the Qing. Includes Dunhuang material.
Vol. 2: Folk Prints: Mostly Qing dynasty material with a few earlier examples. A wide variety.
Vol. 3: Painting Manuals: Focuses on two famous painting manuals - the Ming dynasty 'Shizhuzhai Hua Pu' (44 colour images) and early Qing dynasty 'Jiezi Yuan Hua Zhuan' (177 colour and black-and-white images).
Vol. 4: Ming Dynasty Woodblock Prints: Surveys one of the finest periods of woodblock printing in China, showing a wide variety of material.
Vol. 5: Qing Dynasty Prints: Shows a broad and interesting selection in over 300 images.
Vol. 6: Qing Dynasty Palace Prints: Focuses on imperially-commissioned works printed in Wuying Dian in the Forbidden City in Beijing. Includes, amongst much else, the Gengzhi Tu and copperplate engravings.
The prints illustrated throughout the series come primarily from major museum and library collections in China plus some material from collections abroad.
Each volume copiously illustrated throughout with colour and black-and-white plates. Good descriptions accompany. All text in Chinese.
Subjects: Woodcuts Printing
Available, as of: 01/09/2019
Was item 712 in printed List 196.
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