Edo prints

  Design: Totoya Hokkei (17801850)  
  Title: Dōchū gafu jō  
  Size: 22.2 x 16.0 cm  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Dochu gafu jo


Originally commisioned and privately issued around 1830 by a group of poets called the Hanazonoren including their kyōka poems. This is a later public 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
top Volume 1

Title page on the inside of the front-cover:

Hokkei Dochu gafu title page

Red title in the middle column of the title page:

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

Frontispiece displaying the shop of publisher Eirakuya Tōshirō, the original owner of the woodblocks:

Hokkei Dochu gafu jo frontispiece

The characters on the noren read shosai (書斎, i.e., bookshop), those on the post outside the shop furuhon baibai (古本売買, i.e., second-hand books bought and sold).

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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