18. Item #90655
Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 Hokusai Manga 北斎漫画 Vol 10 十編 (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. The original, complete set has 15 volumes and comprises 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 10 十編 (全) is 22.5 x 16cm with dark blue wrappers and 29 cho of original woodcuts. Inside front wrapper has a list of books being advertised (see graphic F p. 105) and inside rear wrapper has a list of distributors (See graphic 47 p. 126) dating it to c. 1878. Woodcuts, preface, and main title page correspond with NDL online copy from Meiji 11 . Overall condition is very good or better. Impressions are fair to good.
Slight wear to wrappers with penciled number on title slip. Toning to pages. Inside rear wrapper has a tear and is coming unglued at top.