Hangzhou Library comp: HANGZHOU BANKE TULU. Illustrated Catalogue of Block-Printed Editions in Hangzhou. 杭州版刻圖錄. Hangzhou, 2018. 3, 8, 221; 8, 245 pp. Colour and b/w illustrations throughout. 2 vols. 28x28 cm. Paper.
GBP 250.00
A welcome two-volume study of woodblock printing in the Hangzhou area from the Five Dynasties through to the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911. Hangzhou has long been an important centre of woodblock printing and publishing in China, not least due to the city serving as the capital of the Southern Song dynasty. Divided into sections. Volume One covers the Wuyue State of the Five Dynasties, the Song Dynasty and the Yuan. Volume Two covers the Ming and Qing dynasties. The works shown come from the holdings of the Hangzhou Library and include many rare and fine editions. Both volumes illustrated throughout showing well over 200 works. A good reference. Detailed list of plates and captions to plates in English. Main text in Chinese. Difficult to obtain.
Subjects: Printing Rare Books
Item 243 in List 209.
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