Mystique of the Japanese Print (set of 18)

The Mystique of the Japanese Print was originally created as the second in the 'Hanga Treasure Chest' print series made by woodblock printmaker David Bull, back in 2010~11. The set of 18 prints were carved and printed by Dave himself, and sent out to his personal subscribers. The hard cherry blocks are still in wonderful condition though, so the set is now being brought back to life in a new edition being prepared under Dave’s supervision by the Mokuhankan printers.

From Dave’s original description, back in 2010: "Join me in an exploration of the beauty of the Japanese woodblock print. What is it that makes them so attractive and interesting? How is the magic done? This series of eighteen prints will perform 'double-duty' - each one standing on its own as a beautiful print of course, but also serving as a demonstration of a particular feature of the genre. Learn while you enjoy! An explanatory pamphlet is included with each print, and by the time the series is over, you'll have had a 'seminar' on the traditional Japanese print (although without any exams!)."

The prints in this set have no single visual theme, nor are they of any particular 'genre'. They range far and wide through the entire field of Japanese print design, selected to serve the stated purpose - showing just where the attractiveness comes from. We see various techniques used, and explain by example what each one looks like.

The prints are in the traditional ko-ban size (13.5 x 20 cm - about 5 x 7 1/2 inches), and are being issued at the pace of one per month over an eighteen month period.

A beautiful paulownia storage case is shipped together with the first print. It includes a display stand, so you can always keep one of the prints on display, while the others are safely tucked away.

Here are the first four images in the set; to see the rest, please visit the original website here.





The prints are mounted on acid-free mat board, and each one is wrapped in a folder which carries the descriptive story. These of course fit into the tray of the storage case.

The display stand has an acrylic cover to protect the prints from dust and damage. As each new print arrives, month-by-month through the course of the project, you put it up on the stand, and slide the previous one into storage inside the case.

Each print carries our Mokuhankan identification embossment:

Price / Payment

The prints are USD$40 each - an astonishing price for the quality of print you will receive. Your monthly payment to be part of this series will thus be: $40 + $3.50 shipping = $43.50

Your first payment will be more than this, as it includes the case cost and slightly increased shipping: $40 (print) + $50 (case) + $9.50 (shipping) = $99.50 This initial payment is handled through this shopping cart. Before each subsequent monthly shipment is made, subscribers will receive an email with a link to an invoice, and as soon as remittance is received, the print is shipped (in a strong mailer).

Gift Subscriptions

Subscriptions to this print series may be arranged as 'Gift Subscriptions'. The invoices go to you, but the prints go to a recipient of your choice.


As an extra 'bonus', the postage on all the packages will be covered by using the newest issues of Japanese commemorative stamps (5~6 of them on each package), so not only will you be building a print collection, but a stamp collection as well!

Beautiful prints ... interesting learning ... extra bonuses ... and all at a price that can't be beat. If you would like to receive this set over the next 18 months, please use this link to add the initial print (and case) to the cart ...

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If you have questions about how the subscription works, please use the Contact link below ...

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