itchou 一丁
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Lit. one chou 丁. One folded page of a printed book during the Edo period. Because only one side of a sheet was printed the sheet was then folded in half with the printed surface outwards. The loose edges of the folded sheets were sewn together at the spine leaving the fold uncut on the outside, which might be considered the reverse of Western practice. The number of chou in a traditional printed book was thus equal to the number of folded sheets of paper assembled before binding.


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