1870. Item #90844
Katsushika HOKUSAI 葛飾北斎 「武者絵本、[MUSHA-EHON WARRIOR BOOKS」 EHON SAKIGAKE 絵本魁; EHON MUSASHI ABUMI 絵本武蔵鐙; EHON WAKAN NO HOMARE 絵本和漢誉... Toukyou, Suzuki Tadashi 鈴木忠. n.d.... c. early Meiji [1870s?] 23.5 Ｘ15.5 CM in three matching volumes, bound in green, string bound fukuro-toji, with the original title labels. Suzuki Tadashi is described as the owner of the blocks. The blocks were originally cut and the first volumes issued in 1836. The third volume also appears to have been slated to appear as a trilogy at that time but its appearance was delayed until 1850... Much has been made of the fact that Egawa Tomekichi, Hokusai's preferred craftsman, cut the blocks for these books as well as the 100 VIEWS OF FUJI and the Hokusai contributions to the TOUSHISEN... and for good reason. His fine and detailed work is superb and still keeps much of its beauty even in these later issues from the blocks.
The set is in very good condition, restrung..... A very worthwhile edition in original woodcut. The warrior books have become quite difficult to find in any edition - they did not receive the huge volume of reprintings that the MANGA did, for example.
As a set, complete.