18. Item #90649
Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 Hokusai Manga 北斎漫画 Vol 4 四編 (全) This volume of original woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (1760-1849) is bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji with a printed title label on the upper left of the front wrapper. The manga, or sketches, are in black, gray, and light peach with Japanese text on some pages. Single to multiple woodcuts per page depict people, buildings, animals, mythical creatures, natural elements, and designs. Originally conceived of as a one-volume epitome of designs, it grew to 10 volumes by the late 18 teens, then 12, then finally 15 volumes, finished long after the artist's death, comprising thousands of his images. For publisher information references see "Eirakuya Toshiro, Publisher at Nagoya: A contribution to the History of Publishing in 19th century Japan" by Matthi Forrer.
Vol 4 四編 (全) is 22.5 x 15.9cm with cream wrappers and 29 cho of original woodcuts. The inside front wrapper has a list of books being advertised (see graphic F p. 105, 148) and inside rear wrapper has a list of distributors (See graphic 47 p. 126) dating it to c. 1860-1875.
Wear and staining to wrappers and rips to inner wrappers. Toning to pages. Pencilled number on title slip. One cho split. Fair to good impressions.