Edo prints

  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Ippitsu gafu: Book of pictures drawn in one stroke  
  Size: 23.8 x 16.0 cm  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Ippitsu Gafu


Originally published in 1823 in Nagoya by publisher Eirakuya Tōshirō. This reprint was issued in 2008 by publisher Unsōdō in Kyoto as part of a five volume set called “A collection of Hokusai drawing manuals” (北斎絵手本集成, which is pronounced as Hokusai etehon shūsei).

Dark-blue book cover with title printed in light-brown on a white slip:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
den transmit  
shin god  
kai opening Transmitting the essence
shu hand and enlightening the hand
ippitsu stroke  
ga drawing Book of pictures
fu book drawn in one stroke

The contents of the Ippitsu gafu are displayed on the website dedicated to the Gerhard Pulverer Collection here.


Provenance: Unsōdō

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