Edo prints

  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Hokusai manga, Volume 11  
  Size: 23.8 x 16.1 cm  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Manga Volume 11


Originally released around 1828 in Nagoya by publisher Eirakuya Tōshirō. This is a later edition of superb print quality released in 1877 by Tokyo publisher Yoshikawa Hanshichi who purchased the blocks from Eirakuya Tōshirō.

Black book cover with embossed Chinese 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
ichi one  
hen volume Volume 11
zen all All in one

The full contents of the first edition of Volume 11 of the Hokusai manga are shown on the website of the 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.


Provenance: Yagiya Bobongua store

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