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Monday, March 31, 2014


\zahy-LOG-ruh-fee\ , noun;
the art of engraving on wood, or of printing from such engravings.
Widespread dissemination of these works of art became possible after the invention of xylography, or woodblock printing, generally credited to Hishikawa Moronobu (1618–94) who was born in Boshu, Chiba.
-- Evan S. Connell, Double Honeymoon, 1976
Given the nature of xylography as a sort of “printing on demand,” individual works from the vast tripitaka could be printed as required…
-- Edited by Simon Eliot and Johnathan Rose, A Companion to the History of the Book, 2007
Xylography came to English in the early 1800s from French. Its origin ultimately lies in the Greek roots meaning "wood" and "writing."
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