Edo prints

  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Hokusai manga, Volume 6  
  Size: 22.7 x 15.7 cm  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Sumida Gawa Ehon 1


Originally released in 1816 in Nagoya by publisher Eirakuya Tōshirō, whose firm was called Tōhekidō. This is a later impression of the original edition.

Dark green book cover with embossed repeated diamond shaped pattern.

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

Character Reading Meaning Translation
den transmit  
shin god  
kai opening Transmitting the essence
shu hand and enlightening the hand
hoku north  
sai room  
man random Random sketches
ga drawing of Hokusai
roku six  
hen volume Volume 6
zen all All in one

Advertisement C4 (see Forrer, 1985, p.101) on the inside of the front cover:

Hokusai Manga Volume 6 Advertisement C4

The title of this ad is displayed in the first column on the right:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
o tail  
wari stretch  
heki wall  
temple Tōhekidō of Owari
han edition copyright
ga picture  
fu record picture books and
e picture  
te hand  
hon book drawing manuals
moku eye  
roku record catalog

Among the book titles in this list the Ippitsu gafu (一筆画譜) is mentioned in the second column from the right at the top of the page while the Hokusai manga (北斎漫画) are mentioned at the bottom of the page.

Advertisement 21 (see Forrer, 1985, p.115) on the inside of the back cover:

Advertisement 21 Hokusai Manga Volume 6

The first column on the right is an ad for a two-volume atlas of Japan sold by publisher Eirakuya Tōshirō in Nagoya. The two columns on the left contain the addresses of publisher Eirakuya Tōshirō in Nagoya as well as of his branche store in Tokyo.

The images in Volume 6 of the Hokusai manga are displayed on the website of the British Museum here, as well as in the recently published book by Forrer (2014) containing photographic reproductions of all fifteen original Hokusai manga volumes, including explanations of each image.


Provenance: Shukado

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