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Sumio KAWAKAMI "Alaska Story" 1973 Woodblock Print Book Ltd Ed 138

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Sumio KAWAKAMI, artist. "Arasuka Monogatari" - "Alaska Story." Hambei OKURA, Carver; Mitsunobu OSUKEGAWA, Sumi Printer; Genshichi TSUKAGOSHI, Color Printer; Kameo KOGA, Book Design; Sankichi KATO, Box Design. Japan: Toho Shobo, 1973, 27 x 19 cm, 15 double page woodblock print images. The print pages alternate with pages of text. The book, though bound, is printed in a semi- fukuro toji style with the pages folded over in the manner of traditional Japanese woodblock printed books. Outer case has decorative paper over boards with paper label. Limited edition of 138 copies - this is #114.

A rare limited edition woodblock print book commemorating Sumio Kawakami's masterpiece print series Alaskan Tale from 1966. Sumio Kawakami was born in 1895 in Yokohama, one of the enclaves first opened up to foreigners in the 19th century, and he studied print making at Aoyama Gakuin High School. It was this early exposure to the exotic which might have inspired him as a young man to spend 2 years traveling abroad, in Alaska, Canada and the US. In these strikingly colorful and vivid prints, created 50 years after his journeys, the artist seems to be savoring the memories of his youthful adventures. With surprising uses of color and line, Kawakami takes us back to a Russian Alaska and a one horse town Seattle. This book is a wonderful work of art in the sosaku hanga style.

Condition: Excellent state - vivid and fresh. Original case and box, original mylar dj around the decoratively printed cover, and the two original inserts.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $20.85. Two other shipping options are also available: Economy airmail shipping SAL (surface/air), delivery estimated at 2-3 weeks - $13.80; and International EMS (express mail service), delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $28.00 (USA), $32.50 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 1225g.

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