[San Francisco]: Printed at the Grabhorn Press, 1959. Hiroshige, Utagawa. No binding. Folio size, original wood block print within a cardstock folder. Very good +. Item #17011201
A keepsake printed by the Grabhorns "To remember the visit of the Roxburghe Club members and their ladies to the home of Marjorie and Martin Mitau in Atherton, California, on Saturday, June 6, 1959". Marjorie (1906-1983) and Martin (1900-1973) Mitau were both prominent San Franciscans and lived in the Bay Area all their lives; Martin was a member of the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco and The Book Club of California, and the couple obviously knew the Grabhorns and their work.
Utagawa Hiroshige (born And Hiroshige, 1797-1858) is considered by most today to be one of the greatest Japanese artists of ukiyo-e, the art of the "floating world", artwork "depicting the transitory world of the licensed pleasure quarters (Yoshiwara), the theater and pleasure quarters of Edo, present-day Tokyo, Japan....[o]riginally a Buddhist term to express the impermance of human life."
Edwin Grabhorn (1889-1968) was not only known internationally for his printing, but was a renowned collector of Asian art; upon his death, he bequeathed a large collection of Ukiyo-e art to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The curator of one exhibit of his collection in the spring of 2015 wrote: "Edwin Grabhorn brought a unique perspective to his search for fine Japanese woodblock prints...he was acutely attuned to the technical side of printmaking."
Not listed in the Grabhorn Press Bibliography. Per OCLC, there are three institutional holdings: The Book Club of California, Brigham Young University, and Kenyon College (OH).
___DESCRIPTION: Heavy cardstock folder with printing on the front and back only, wood block print contained within; folder is folio size (14.75" by 9.75") and the print measures 14.25" by 9.75" including the margins, which contain two chops at the top and one in the left.
___CONDITION: Better than very good; the cardstock folder free of soil but with some light, scattered foxing and minute edgewear; the print without edgewear but with light foxing (mostly in the margins) and one short (approx. three-quarters of a inch) wormhole at the right, in a portion of the lady's dress with a white pattern so it does not greatly detract from the image.
___CITATIONS: The web site of Khan Academy.
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