There has been a trend to seek a new understanding of the culture of the Edo period as a whole, and along with this trend the public interest in ukiyo-e prints is rising, too. Ukiyo-e is a style of art which was born, nursed and led to its golden age within the Edo period. Undoubtedly, the ukiyo-e can be called a product of the Edo period.
As is well known, the Tokyo National Museum is keeping an enormous number of ukiyo-e prints of which “the Matsukata collection of ukiyo-e prints” is the nucleus. Not only Japanese but also the ukiyo-e enthusiasts around the world know that the collection of more than 8,000 ukiyo-e prints, which the prominent businessman Kojiro Matsukata purchased from the jewelry dealer Henri Vever in Paris is excellent both in quality and quantity.
For this special exhibition 282 ukiyo-e prints were carefully selected from the Matsukata collection in order to display the history of ukiyo-e prints from their earliest days to the end of the Edo period in this 285 page full color publication. It has never happened before that so many ukiyo-e prints of the Matsukata collection has been displayed outside of the Tokyo National Museum, and one cannot expect such a massive collection to be published again. The images are exceptional. The list and Identification of each piece in English identifying the artist and the body of the text is in Japanese. Condition: Used, Very Good, slight ware on cover edges, shrink wrapped. Dimensions: 8-1/4”w x 11-3/4”h x 1-0”d.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection