Block 2, Japanese Woodblocks. Housen Yotsutsuji.
Lecture on the Seventy-Five Dharmas (Shichijūgo hō myōmoku kūgi, 七十五法名目講義),
Folios: 65–68 of vol. five.
This double-sided block is among the many created for Housen Yotsutsuji’s Lecture on the Seventy-Five Dharmas (1885). Printing in Japan did not entail the use of a press. Instead, carved blocks were given to a printer (surishi), who inked the block, laid a sheet of paper on it, and rubbed the paper with a disc-shaped, hand-held tool called a baren to take an impression. The third- and fourth-most columns on the right-hand side of the lowest block have been corrected.
From the collection of Rare Book School