More explanations & details to follow at a later date, but much time has been spent cruising for printmaking technique/process books which include actual sample prints (not reproductions). Stumbled across the site of one George C. Baxley, primarily devoted to stamps but with a serious side interest in Japanese art, and thus Japanese wood-block printing. The site is a little tricky to navigate, but that's due to the tremendous amount of information included. Many of the process books he has on offer are reproduced in full, along with significant sections of text. A great site for anyone wanting a quick introduction to the medium.
Anyone out there with technique books that include actual prints, especially pre-1950, any language, please get in touch. Or just send them.