Antique Hokusai Woodblock Print Ukiyoe Manga Samurai Bushidō Bashō Zen Fuji

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Seller: dogstar_rising (663) 100%, Location: Astoria, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264336023085 BOOKPLATE FROM HOKUSAI’S MANGA VOL. 14 狸 たぬき (Tanuki) Raccoon Dogs Hokusai Manga: 伝神開手 (Denshin Kaishu) Transmitted From the Gods, A Revelation of All Things A ONE-OF-A-KIND EXAMPLE FROM HOKUSAI’S FAMOUS MANGA, PRINTED OVER 140 YEARS AGO—UNIQUE PALETTE! I doubt there are many extant copies that have lasted so many years of attrition (bugs, humidity, earthquakes, fire atomic bombs, fire, etc.) with such exquisite, soft colors. IMPECCABLE STATE OF PRESERVATION Nagoya ca. 1878; Publisher, Takano Wonderful bookplate. Good registry & impression. Unique printing with warm pastel colors. No toning to the paper (which is quite rare for being over 140 years old). No thumbing, soiling or worming. Printed on to tissue-thin, hand-made washi paper. Note: if you are planning on framing this delicate print, I recommend a warm-toned backing to enhance the depth of this image. If this bookplate is backed by paper that is too white, it may detract from the soft delicacy of this unique printing. The blocks may have been retooled, as they often were when acquired by the next publishing house, but this bookplate is NOT a reproduction from re-carved blocks! Leaf size approx 5.5” x 9” ————————————————— 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! ————————–—————— ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, EXCEEDINGLY STRONG EXAMPLE — REPRESENTING THE FINEST CALIBER OF HOKUSAI’S OPUS. RARE AS RARE GETS. AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED—YEARS OF SOUND ARTISTIC UNDERSTANDING AND A PASSIONATE INTEREST IN THE AESTHETICS AND HISTORY OF HUMANITY HAVE BROUGHT MUCH INSIGHT INTO THESE RARE ARTIFACTS. My prices are extremely reasonable and far below what one would be expected to pay for this caliber of art in a gallery or at auction. COMBINED SHIPPING: If you have payments due on more than one item, please wait for me to send you an invoice. I will adjust the cost of shipping fairly. I work hard to provide fast and courteous service, as my aim is complete customer satisfaction. Thank you for visiting my store. ————————–—————— 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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