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Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 Hokusai Manga 北斎漫画 Vol 14 十四 編 (全)This volume of original woodblock prints by seminal artist 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 14 十四 編 (全) is 22.8 x 15.7cm with gray 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. Blue on title page cho. Inside rear wrapper advertisement page indicates a date soon after 1872. Wrapper has advertisements from the publisher (Forrer p. 106, graphic F.)
Wear to wrappers and pages. The paper is quite soft and lovely. A bit worn but a good impression.