Edo prints

  Design: Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850)  
  Title: Snake and melons  
  Series title: Comparison of Japanese books  
  Size: 20.8 x 19.0 cm (chūban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokkei Snake And Melons


Special effects: embossing (kara-zuri) on the paper lining of the tray.

Originally this surimono was privately commissioned and published in 1809. This edition was published from newly carved blocks by Adachi in Tokyo as is certified by the embossed text ‘Adachi’ in the bottom right corner of the print.

Artist’s signature in bottom left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ō satisfy  
ju request Upon request,
hoku north  
kei valley  
ga picture picture by Hokkei

Series title in white cartouche in top right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
wa japanese style  
sho write  
ra   Comparison of
be   Japanese books
cho publish  
mon hear  
shū gather Famous collection


Provenance: Paradise Bound

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