A favorite book by John Stevenson about Yoshitoshi's magnificent woodblocks of famous Japanese ghost tales. Full title "YOSHITOSHI'S THIRTY-SIX GHOSTS". Published by Weatherhill 1983, ISBN:0834801892, lst edition, hardbound with beautiful unclipped dust jacket, 14.5" by 10.5", 92 pages. Book is in near fine condition.
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) had a short life as a very popular artist during the Meiji era. His imaginative woodblock prints gave life to the bizarre inner demons best exemplified by the Japanese ghost stories in this woodblock series originally printed from 1889-1892. This collection was reprinted from the very best originals and each picture is almost actual size. Each plate faces the text of the story, with the publication date of the print below.
It pretty much stands alone encapsulating a fascinating aspect of Japanese culture.