Edo prints


  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Hokusai manga, Volume 12  
  Size: 24.5 x 16.0 cm  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Manga Volume 12

Enlargement


Originally released around 1834 in Nagoya by publisher Eirakuya Tōshirō, whose firm was called Tōhekidō. This is the third edition released by the same publisher on 1 September 1878.

Purple book cover with embossed repeated diamond shaped 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
       
ten  
ni two  
hen volume Volume 12


This is the title page of the third edition of Hokusai manga Volume 12:

Hokusai Manga Volume 12 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
       
ten  
ni two  
hen volume Volume 12

On the right of the page is the date that the blocks were cut:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
ten heaven  
ho preserve  
kinoe*) 11th calendar sign  
uma horse Blocks cut in Tenpō,
koku carve year of the horse (i.e., 1834)

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


This is the seal on the verso of the title page of this volume:

Hokusai Manga Volume 14 seal

The full contents of the first edition of Volume 12 of the Hokusai manga are shown on the website of the 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: Utagawa123

*) Kinoe combines ki (wood, one of the five elements) and e (yang).

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