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Exquisite artwork.

Thanks for sharing Amelia.

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On 8/17/15 1:39 PM, Amelia Janes wrote:
> Natural subjects in 17th cent book. Eye candy.
>
> http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/PR-FH-00910-00083-00098/1
>
>
>       Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu (FH.910.83-98)
>
> This is the earliest Chinese book printed by the technique of 
> polychrome xylography known as /douban/ invented and perfected by Hu 
> Zhengyan 胡正言 (1584-1674). The method involves the use of multiple 
> printing blocks which successively apply different coloured inks to 
> the paper to reproduce the effect of watercolour painting.
>
> Great skill is required to achieve a convincing result, but the 
> beautiful gradations of colour in this work have led to its reputation 
> as "perhaps the most beautiful set of prints ever made".
>
> The work is divided into eight categories: birds, plums, orchids, 
> bamboos, fruit, stones, ink drawings (round fans) and miscellany. Each 
> category is divided into two fascicles. The leaves are printed on one 
> side only, folded in half and glued together along the outer fold (the 
> so-called 'butterfly' binding). With the exception of one category, 
> every image is followed by an accompanying text, in most cases a poem.
>
> This copy has been identified by the leading scholar of this work as 
> the finest and only extant complete copy in the original binding of 
> what he describes as the 'second superstate' of the first edition.
>
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