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Item:264302222355ICONIC, WOODBLOCK BOOKPLATE FROM HOKUSAI’S MANGA VOL. 2 Hokusai Manga: 伝神開手 (Denshin Kaishu) Transmitted From the Gods, A Revelation of All Things. The title slip from the book that this particular example was extracted from reads, “Katsushika Hokusai Denshin Kaishu 2 All” (All is very significant, in that it marks a particular book as an early pull off the blocks—to be showcased in a complete set of all 15 books of Manga). Close examination reveals fine details that are normally lost in late Edo, early Meiji-era versions. Since this is absolutely NOT a reproduction from re-carved blocks, it is evident the ordinal blocks from Manga 2 were bold and solid. RARE BOOKPLATE. EXCELLENT REGISTRY AND IMPRESSION. SHARP DETAILS. EVENLY PRINTED. NO ISSUES. AN OBVIOUS EARLY PULL OFF THE BLOCKS! VERY LITTLE TO NO TONING TO THE PAPER. IMPECCABLE STATE OF PRESERVATION. NO THUMBING AT ALL. CHOICE!!! Tokyo ca. 1870’s (Meiji Period) Each leaf measures approx. 5.5” x 9.5” DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ADD A VERY RARE, CLEAN EXAMPLE FROM HOKUSAI’S FAMOUS MANGA VOL. 5, PRINTED NEARLY 150 YEARS AGO. THERE ARE VERY FEW IF ANY EXTANT EXAMPLES OF HOKUSAI’S MANGA FROM THE MARKETPLACE, MAKING THIS A HIGHLY PRIZED PRINT. ————————–—————— Several facts regarding hand-made washi paper: Tone, texture and thickness vary a lot when printing on hand-made paper that was produced by farmers during the winter months. As well, washi, being that it is hand-made paper, occasionally had large brown fibers or other materials that entered the water and paper vats used in production. These blemishes are of course not a misprint or damage. It seems that printmakers of that time were neither obsessive nor selective about the uniformity of each individual sheet of paper. After all, these books were never printed for elite collectors with safe-deposit boxes. In fact, they were intended to magnify the hearts and minds of Everyman. ————————–—————— BREIF HISTORY OF THE MANGA* The fifteen volumes of Hokusai manga combined include roughly 4,000 pages of illustration. The first ten volumes were published between 1814 and 1819. The next two came out more than ten years later, in 1832-1833, and 1834, respectively. The publication date for volumes 13 and 14 are unknown; the final volume was published posthumously in 1878, nearly 30 years after Hokusai’s death, but, unlike volume 14, carrying his signature.One volume of (Denshin kaishu) Hokusai manga [“(Transmitting the Spirit and Revealing the Form of Things) Random Drawings of Hokusai”] was probably all that was originally planned, but the book exploded on the scene and instantly became the all-time best-selling book in Japan up until that time. It was so popular and widely acclaimed over such a long period of time that 14 additional volumes of Hokusai’s manga were published during the next 64 years. The last three books of the series, however, were created after Hokusai’s death in 1849 at the age of eighty-nine. Two were comprised of unpublished sketches that had been collected by the publisher and the final volume contained a selection of previously published drawings by Hokusai and works by other artists. Many art historians find this last book problematic: a spurious attempt to cash in on the continuing popularity of Hokusai’s artwork in the late 19th century. *Credit Princeton University. ————————–—————— A bit of friendly advice on matting bookplate diptych prints before framing: All bookplates that I have up for auction haven’t been butchered down the center seam waiting to be pieced together. Since these images were never intended to be assembled as a single print no attempt has been made to do so. Personally, and for justifiable aesthetic reasons, I prefer to mat bookplate diptychs with a half inch or 1.2 centimeter space left between the two separate panels. It is also more archival, saving the print from harmful and messy taping or glueing at the seam. If you do attempt this, you may find that the two halves don’t even line up from top to bottom (end result—you’ll be wearing a suit from a tailor who’s not paid the dues). Remember, once this action is done it can’t be undone. When considering the fact that the art is forever fresh and alive as it is, what reason is there to meddle with it by reassembling it to your particular preferences (hubris perhaps?). Just a bit of friendly advise, but as always, I leave such matters to the discretion of the buyer.
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