Ten Thousand Sketches by Hokusai: Ehon (book), volume X, c. 1819-1820
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.
Pencil inscription on page two, "First edition." Loose note on the inside cover.
Black, blue and orange ink woodblock prints on paper, bound as an ehon (book).
Volume X 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 X includes 56 illustrations with black, blue and orange inks. The images depict demons, travelers, a magician, cooking, ocean and mountain landscapes, peasants, dancing, musicians, birds, male and female portraits, a mystical scene of rats as working peasants, and many mystical scenes. Page 1 - 2 and 59-61 are text. 61 pages. Black binding.
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