Edo prints

  Design: Totoya Hokkei (17801850)  
  Title: Dōchū gafu ge  
  Size: 22.4 x 16.3 cm  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Dochu gafu jo


Originally privately issued around 1830 by the Hananozoren circle of poets including their kyōka poems. This is a later edition without poems - classified by Forrer (1985) as the II-D edition - released in two volumes by publisher Ōhashi Eisaburō on 5 April 1888.

Orange book cover with embossed repeated diamond shaped pattern of the Eirakuya Tōshirō firm.

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

Character Reading Meaning Translation
go five  
san three Fifty-three
tsugi station stations
hoku north  
sai room  
chū throughout Hokusai’s
ga drawing album of pictures
fu book along the highway
ge bottom Volume 2

Title page on the inside of the front-cover:

Hokkei Dochu gafu ge title page


Character Reading Meaning Translation
chū throughout  
ga picture Album of pictures
fu book along the highway

The images in the Dōchū gafu can be viewed on the website of the London British Museum here.


Provenance: Yagiya Bobongua store

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