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As a little extra, we would like to announce a book on the East Asian zodiac, which will be released soon. In this book you will find the New Year cards from over a period of 36 years of Oranda Jin. They are completed with prints of the elements.
Louise de Blécourt, entree fourth Dan calligrapher, has created the corresponding calligraphies of both the animals and the elements in the 4 variant styles: Kaisho, Sosho, Seal script and Gyosho.
It has become a surprising combination to see the calligraphic characters facing the pages with the prints. So it has also just become a beautiful book to flip through.
Professor Willem van Gulik has written down the history and stories surrounding these animals in a pleasantly readable way, along with an extensive explanation of the role of the elements and the zodiac in timekeeping.
Stephen Addiss, well known for his books on calligraphy, Nanga and Haiga in his article sheds light on the meaning of calligraphy in contemporary Japan
In a limited edition of 200 numbered and signed copies of both the English edition “The Magnificent Twelve” as well as the Dutch “De twaalf uit het Oosten” can be ordered with us, firstname.lastname@example.org, or with Louise, email@example.com. The price is € 29,50. If you wish to receive them by mail please add € 10,- within The Netherlands (max 2 copies per package) and € 20,- per book outside The Netherlands.