Yoshitoshi

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

John Stevenson

Published by Abbeville Press

Limited to 3,000 numbered copies – 600 reserved for The Folio Society

John Stevenson explores the Japanese artist’s greatest collection of prints in Yoshitoshi: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon – a spectacular new large-format edition published by Abbeville Press.

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Widely regarded as the last masterpiece of ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world), One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is the final series of woodblock prints created by one of the virtuosos of the form, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892). Renowned Asian art author John Stevenson is the recognised authority on the series, and this magnificent new edition of his book is a celebration of Yoshitoshi’s crowning achievement. Published by Abbeville Press, there is a limitation of just 3,000 hand-numbered copies and we have secured 600 of the limitation exclusively for Folio customers.

‘In retrospect, his works … are seen as the inspiration behind the manga and anime cartoons that are prevalent in Japan today’
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Production Details

Published by Abbeville Press

284 pages

62 integrated colour illustrations, 100 full-page colour illustrations, 1 map and 1 timeline

Hardback book with printed dust jacket

15½˝ x 10½˝

Artistic retellings of Japan’s great stories

A warrior silently scales a cliff to launch an attack on an enemy castle; a courtesan strolls down an avenue of flowering cherry trees; and a pensive Murasaki Shikibu contemplates writing The Tale of Genji. These are a few examples from Yoshitoshi’s one hundred stories that were inspired by history, literature, mythology and daily life – scenes that are unified by the motif of the moon. Each print has been faithfully reproduced at the original oban size, from preserved impressions largely held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Printed on exceptional quality uncoated paper, and with painstaking attention to colour, this series depicts Japan on the cusp of tradition and modernity.

An insight into the artist and his work

‘The last great master of traditional Japanese woodblock printing’

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Mesmerising and emotive; delicate yet powerful, the prints are accompanied by Stevenson’s insightful text, which brings readers closer to the artist and his world. The introductory essays – lavishly illustrated with other examples of Yoshitoshi’s work – trace the artist’s tumultuous life and career, and explore the innovative series in great detail. Fascinating, in-depth commentaries explain the story and technique behind each print, while a double-page map and detailed timeline add historical and geographical context. This is a must-have edition for art aficionados and anyone interested in Japanese history and culture.

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