Ten Thousand Sketches by Hokusai: Ehon (book), volume I, 1815
Ink on Paper
9 in. x 6 1/4 in. (22.86 cm x 15.88 cm)
A gift of 16 volumes - 15 volumes of the Manga and an additional copy of Volume X.
Black, blue and orange ink woodblock prints on paper, bound as an ehon (book).
Volume I from Hokusai's set of Manga, intended as primers for aspiring artists. In this series of 15 volumes, designed from around 1813 through his final years, Hokusai produced a veritable pictorial encyclopedia of Far Eastern life and legend. The series was originally intended as a set of copybooks for art students but soon made the artist's name known throughout Japan and, eventually, throughout the world. Volume I includes 50 illustrations with black, blue and orange inks. The images depict people, landscapes, birds, animals, bugs, and plants. Page 1 and 2 are text. 53 pages. Blue paper cover, title slip worn away, light printing.
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