Junichiro Sekino, 20th Century Master - Junichiro Sekino was one of the leading artists of the twentieth century sosaku hanga, or creative prints, movement in Japan, in which artists themselves were involved in every aspect of printmaking. Sekino designed, carved, and printed his images himself, gaining an international reputation for his amazing range of subjects and techniques. A true 20th century master, Sekino's works are included in major museum collections around the world. His woodblocks are highly collectible and sought after by modern print collectors.
The Book of Ghosts - Fantastic, complete book by Junichiro Sekino titled "The Book of Ghosts," which was published in 1965 in a private limited edition of 200 copies. It includes 13 woodblock prints depicting famous ghost stories, including "The Peony Lantern," a tale about a beauty returning after death to visit her lover, and "Hoichi the Earless," a blind biwa player bewitched by ghosts. Each illustration is a single page with a vertical fold in the center. There are additional smaller woodblocks of lamps included in the front and back matter. The book is numbered 131/200 in the front matter. The cloth cover features a woodblock printed design and has a decorative binding, and an outer cardboard case with a woodblock print on the front. The first time we've seen this special book. An incredibly rare find and an excellent choice for a Sekino collector or anyone interested in Japanese supernatural tales.
Artist - Junichiro Sekino (1914 - 1988)
Size - Woodblock pages 5 1/2" x 8" + margins as shown; overall size 6 1/4" x 5 1/8" x 1/2"
Condition - Excellent condition overall with no issues to report.
Examples from the Book
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