18. Item #90658
Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 Hokusai Manga 北斎漫画 Vol 13 十三 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 13 十三 編 (全) is 22.7 x 15.7cm with sienna 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. No advertisements or colophon but woodcuts, preface, and main title page correspond with NDL online copy from Meiji 11 .
Threads are split in 2 places and pages are loosening at lower edge of spine. Slight toning to pages. Green on both sides of title page cho. Number handwritten on title slip. Otherwise very good condition.Has the Eirakuya pattern on the covers. The wonderful impression of the elephant is lovely, other prints are about good. Nice version.