18. Item #87467
[EHON] HOKKEI/HOKUSAI. DÔCHÛ GAFU 2 vols. Nagoya: Eirakuya Tôshiro, n.d. [c.1865-70]. String-bound, Japanese style, in orange covers embossed with the Eirakuya design and a printed paper title label, 22.7 x 16.2 cm., together in a clasped chitsu case. A very pleasant copy, printed in light colors, of an interesting book with a long and complex bibliography - so complex that Matthi Forrer devoted the first chapter of his book on the Eirakuya Toshiro publishing firm to its explanation. The copy at hand would appear to be the second Eirakuya iteration, hence the fourth edition, after the first private printing around 1820, followed by the second edition [first commercial] by Eirakuya, and the third edition by Kogetsudo Bunsuke. Among the changes effected through the years was the addition of a preliminary double-page plate by Hokusai. The original designs by his student Hokkei were repackaged as Hokusai's work thereafter. Our copy has, as a bit of an anomaly, a bound in copy of the A1 Eirakuya ad page, which originally appeared in about 1820 and could have no real connection to this edition of some 45 to 50 years later. In any event, an interesting anachronism. The printing is fair to good throughout, and its condition is quite good overall. Complete, and by no means a common book in decent condition and impression such as this.