Seller: dogstar_rising (722) 100%, Location: Astoria, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264312331318 RARE BOOKPLATE FROM HOKUSAI MANGA VOL. 13 Varmint Trap and Charming Landscapes Hokusai Manga: 伝神開手 (Denshin Kaishu) Transmitted From the Gods, A Revelation of All Things THIS PRINT IS AN EXTREMELY RARE, CLEAN EXAMPLE FROM HOKUSAI’S FAMOUS MANGA, PRINTED OVER 130 YEARS AGO FROM THE ORIGINAL BLOCKS. Nagoya ca. 1875; Publisher, Tohekido* Illustrations from this Meiji Era edition were all set in black, gray & pink pastel colors. Excellent bookplate. Approximately 15.8 x 22.7 cm. No issues, finest registry & impression. AN OBVIOUS EARLY PULL FROM THE BLOCKS OF MANGA 13 BY THE PRINTER’S AT TOHEKIDO. *From the publisher Tohekido, came new color blocks, designed and cut to be printed with Hokusai’s original key blocks; one in gray and one in salmon pink. So in truth this is the most complex edition of Hokusai’s Manga Vol. 13. Prints as clean and sharp as this don’t fall from trees. EXCELLENT REGISTRY. SHARP DETAILS. EVENLY PRINTED. AN OBVIOUS EARLY PULL OFF THE BLOCKS! VERY LITTLE TO NO TONING TO THE PAPER. WONDERFUL WARM COLORS. CHOICE!!! It is no exaggeration to state that the Manga stand as one of the great achievements of world art. A clean bookplate from this edition of Manga Vol. 13 is very scarce and in great demand. ————————————————— KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849) Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japan’s most cherished artists. His works are full of cheerfulness, humor and optimism. He had a refined knack of both capturing and creating the true nature of his times. His works will never need an explanation, nor a philosophy, nor a reaction to any condition. The message is a large splinter, embedded in the art of art—creation! ————————–—————— 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 then priced 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—a suit from a bad tailor). So remember, once this action is done it can’t be undone. When considering the fact that the art is forever fresh and alive, 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.