Once in a lifetime chance!
Posted by Dave Bull at 2:51 AM, May 2, 2012 [Permalink]
Well, once in ten years, anyway!
A new 'item' was added to the Mokuhankan catalogue today, and here is the text from the explanation page:
"The prints on this page are all ones that were originally issued as part of the 'Hanga Treasure Chest' published by Dave in 2005. At that time, the series was available by subscription only - in a full set of 24 prints. 200 sets were produced, and it was very well subscribed at the time, has sold steadily as a 'back number' subscription since then, and is now nearly sold out (just a few sets are left at time of writing). The blocks are still in very good condition, and as time permits they will be re-printed to produce prints for this Mokuhankan catalogue. (Three of them have already been issued that way - the Hokusai Carp, the Autumn Bonsai, and the Spring Fuji).
But now that Dave's series is 'history', it is time to clean out his drawers. In order to make 200 copies of any given image, more than 200 sheets go into the printing stack of course. There will always be some spoilage during a print run, and as it is impossible to gauge how many sheets will come out properly, around 10% extra are put in the stack. The spoiled ones are tossed out upon inspection, but there are always some perfectly acceptable prints 'left over' - over and above the 200 needed for the 'edition'.
So here they are. This is your chance to get some of these little prints without having to subscribe to the entire set. The prints are all exactly the same as those sent out to the original subscribers, with Dave's signature, his 'baren' studio seal, mounted on mat boards, and wrapped in a folder containing information on the particular design."
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