Edo prints


  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Hokusai manga, Volume 1  
  Size: 24.4 x 16.3 cm  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai manga Volume 1

Enlargement


Originally released in 1814 in Nagoya by publisher Eirakuya Tōshirō, whose firm name was Tōhekidō. This is a later impression of great print quality by publisher Yoshikawa Hanshichi of the third edition released by Eirakuya Tōshirō in 1828.

Orange book cover with embossed Chinese pattern.

Title printed in red on a white slip on the book cover:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
katsu arrowroot  
shika decorate Katsushika
       
i change  
itsu one one year old again
       
i leave behind  
boku black ink brushwork
       
hoku north  
sai room  
man random Random sketches
ga drawing of Hokusai
       
shō first  
hen volume First volume


This is the title page of the third edition of Volume 1 of the Hokusai manga:

Hokusai Manga Volume 1 title page

Volume title in the large middle column of this title page:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
hoku north  
sai room  
man random Random sketches
ga drawing of Hokusai
       
shō first  
hen volume First volume

On the right of the page is the publication date:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
bun text  
sei government  
tsuchinoe*) 5th calendar sign  
ne rat  
haru spring Reprint of Bunsei,
sai again year of the rat (i.e., 1828),
han printing spring

and the firm name of the publisher is on the left:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
bi tail  
positive  
       
east  
heki wall Tōhekidō
temple of Biyō

Seal on the verso of the title page:

Hokusai Manga Volume 1 seal

The full contents of the original edition of Volume 1 of the Hokusai manga are shown on the website of the London British Museum here, as well as in the book by Forrer (2014) containing photographic reproductions of all fifteen Hokusai manga volumes, including explanations of each image in French.


References


Provenance: Yagiya Bobongua store

*) Tsuchinoe combines tsuchi (earth, one of the five elements) and e (yang).

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