Dating hasui prints

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Unfortunately there appears to be no correlation between the use of that seal and the print edition, and it appears on prints put out by Kawaguchi alone as well as on ones put out by S&K together.

In effect, its only utility is to allow a collector to quickly distinguish such a print from one of those issued by Shobisha.

These designs are Snow at Kiyomizudo, Ueno; Snow at Miyajima; Snow at Toshogu, Ueno; Irises; Clearing After a Snow in the Pines; Benten Pond, Shiba; Snow at Benten Shrine , Inokashira; Futatsudo, Nikko; Rain at Ushibori; and Snow at Zojoji.

The second edition by S&K of those same 1929 designs should be an edition of 350.

Even the first edition of that design lacks the carver’s and printer’s names, the copyright notice, and the publisher’s name, although it does have the limitation sticker.

It may not be foolproof, but if the limitation stamp on the verso is for an edition of 350, my advice is to assume that it is a second edition put out by S&K.

There are also copies put out by Kawaguchi with no number whatsoever.

While the basic parameters of my proposed response were correct, subsequent investigation forced me to reassess and partially revise certain long held beliefs on this question.

However, its absence does not necessarily mean that the print was not by S&K or by Kawaguchi alone.

For Lake Chuzenji, Nikko, everything I said above about first and second editions applies.

It can be identified by Shobisha’s red circular seal in the margin.

This edition necessarily lacks cartouches A, B, or C because a different printer would have been used by Shobisha.

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