Chinese Colour Woodcuts, currently on display at the Greenfield Library, is a 1952 reproduction of a beautiful and painstakingly gathered collection of Chinese woodblock prints first printed in 1644. The four books included in the collection cover a wide variety of themes, from scenes of nature and animals to portraits of domestic life to images of vases and pottery. The 277 wood cuts are printed in subdued pastels and each print is given its own page, providing them with space to be closely admired and studied.
Equally beautiful are the books that the wood cuts are printed in themselves. The four volumes are printed on delicate rice paper and bound in earth colored paper sprinkled with gold ink. The case that contains the four books is made from satin and embroidered with a floral pattern.
Please come in and take a closer look at the display yourself. Or if you happen to miss it, the books are housed in the Greenfield Library Special Collections, located on the mezzanine of Anderson Hall.
Chinese Colour Woodcuts, preserved by the Shi Chu Studio; compiled by Hu Ye-Tsung. Peking : Jung-pao-tsai Hsin Chi ; 1952. Greenfield Special Collection A 769.951 H86
Display created by Bill Rooney, Circulation Assistant