Edo prints


  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Hokusai manga, Volume 3  
  Size: 22.8 x 15.6 cm  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Sumida Gawa Ehon 1

Enlargement


Originally released in 1815 in Nagoya by publisher Eirakuya Tōshirō, whose firm was called Tōhekidō. This is the second edition released by the same publisher on 1 September 1878.

Reddish-brown 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
       
san three  
hen volume Volume 3


Advertisement G (see Forrer, 1985, p.106) on the inside of the front cover:

Hokusai Manga Volume 3 Advertisement G

The title of this advertisement is (reading from right to left):

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
east  
heki wall  
temple Tōhekidō
sei manufacture  
hon book bookmaking
ga picture  
fu record picture book
moku eye  
roku record catalog

As far I am concerned the most interesting (series) titles of illustrated books and drawing manuals mentioned in this advertisement are the first six. Reading from right to left these titles are:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
hoku north  
sai room  
man random Random sketches
ga picture of Hokusai
       
hoku north  
sai room  
fu wealth  
gaku peak Hokusai’s
hyaku hundred One hundred views
kei view of Mount Fuji
       
hoku north  
sai room  
ga picture Hokusai’s
fu book Picture books
       
hoku north  
sai room  
ga picture Hokusai’s
en garden Garden of pictures
       
hoku north  
sai room  
shin new  
hina doll New models
kata shape of Hokusai
       
hoku north  
sai room  
  one  
ippitsu writing brush Hokusai’s
ga picture Manual of drawings
fu book in one stroke


This is the title page of the second edition of Hokusai manga Volume 3:

Hokusai Manga Volume 3 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
       
san three  
hen volume Volume 3

On the right of the page is the original publication date:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
bun text  
ka turn oneself into  
kinoto*) second calendar sign  
i boar  
shin new New publication of Bunka,
koku carve year of the boar (i.e., 1815)

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

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 3 seal

This is the colophon on the inside of the back cover:

Colophon Hokusai Manga Volume 3

The colophon starts with a short account of the publication of the whole series in the first three columns on the right. This is followed by the publication date of this second edition of Volume 3 in the fourth column from the right:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
mei light  
ji government  
ten  
ichi one  
nen year  
ku nine  
gatsu month  
ichi one  
jitsu day Published on
shutsu come out Meiji 11 (i.e. 1878),
han edition September 1st

In the left part of the colophon we have the name of the compiler:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
hen edit  
shū gather  
sha person Compiler
       
east  
kyō capital  
fu capital city  
       
ko individual  
jin person  
       
katsu arrowroot  
shika decorate  
hoku north The late Katsuchika
sai room Hokusai of Tokyo

followed by the name of the publisher:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
shutsu come out  
han edition  
jin person Publisher
       
ai love  
chi know  
ken prefecture  
hei level Commoner of
min people Aichi prefecture
       
kata one (of two)  
no field  
east  
shi four  
man Katano Tōshirō


The full contents of the first edition of Volume 3 of the Hokusai manga can be viewed 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

*) Kinoto combines ki (wood, one of the five elements) and to (yin).

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