18. Item #90656
Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 Hokusai Manga 北斎漫画 Vol 11 十一編 (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 11 十一編 (全) is 22.7 x 15.7cm with pink wrappers and 29 cho of original woodcuts. Bound Japanese style, fukuro-toji with a printed title label on the upper left of the front wrapper. One side of cho 2 has blue in script and in the image. Inside front wrapper has advertisements from the publisher (Forrer p. 106 and 148, graphic G.), and inside rear wrapper has colophon which dates this to 1878. Woodcuts, preface, and main title page correspond with NDL online copy from Meiji 11 . Second edition (Forrer p. 215).
Threads are broken in places; small sticker on front wrapper with penciled number and penciled number on title slip. Toning to pages. One side of cho 19 is worn through forming a hole. Overall good condition with edge-worn covers. The impressions are about fair, with some a bit better.