Antique Hokusai Woodblock Print Ukiyoe Manga Samurai Bushidō Bashō Zen Fuji

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Seller: dogstar_rising (657) 100%, Location: Astoria, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264337264435 Good bookplate from vol. 7 of Hokusai’s famous Manga Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) the Manga: 伝神開手 (Denshin Kaishu) Transmitted From the Gods, A Revelation of All Things Originally published in 1817 Edo Era (Bunka 14)The bookplate is from a slightly later edition, printed from the original 1st edition printing blocks. Place of publication: Nagoya-shi (Aichi-ken) or Edo (present day Tokyo) Title: 武州 武蔵国 (Musashi no Kuni, Kasumi ga Seki) Tokyo, Musashi no Kuni, Wall of Mist Edo (Present day Tokyo), the Musashi no Kuni District, Kasumi ga Seki (Wall of Mist). It is evident that Hokusai had a wall of mist in mind when he set out to draw this landscape. This area of Tokyo is still called by the same name and is lined with government ministries. In overall nominal condition with a solid impression. There is some fading and soiling. Corners of each page are smudged from over a 150 years of being admired, i.e., thumbing. This book was definitely enjoyed throughout its long history. Not the greatest state of preservation, but clearly an early pull off the blocks. Similar to the volumes in the archives of The British and Smithsonian museums. Volume 7 contained 33 folded sheets (cho) with tri-color illustrations (black sumi, light black sumi, and light vermilion) and text. The book had many pages that were badly damaged, therefore I decided to break it up and put many of the best quality bookplates up for auction. In the tradition of the poet Matsuo Bashō, volume 7 of Hokusai’s world renowned Manga, is his own version of the travel diary. It is unique from any other of the Manga in that it represents people, events, and in one instance cranes, in ‘specifically named’ landscapes. And to set the stage, the first page is a drawing titled, “Matsuo Bashō.” Bashō spent much of his life traveling throughout Japan. His travel diaries included haiku poems. A blasted star, his work fathoms the heavens. The images from volume 7 are a part of the original series of fifteen volumes of Hokusai’s famous Manga. Hokusai’s reputation in the West was in part made by this creative series of picture-books (e-hon); fifteen volumes in all, thirteen of which were published during his lifetime.These volumes were considered teaching handbooks (e-dehon), covering ‘all things in the universe.’ But in fact, they are so much more. Staying true to the elements of drawing, any straightforward representation of nature was cut off by the necessity to articulate plastic demands, brought together by the artist in the dance of intelligence among these many forms. The endless wealth of humor and variety of subject matter covered in these many volumes, need no explanation, or philosophy, or reaction to any condition. The message is a large splinter embedded in the art of art—creation. WELL OVER 150 YERAS OLD, THIS A CHANCE TO OWN AN ARTIFACT OF THE WORLD’S HISTORY. Price reflects both the state of preservation and how widely recognized the image is. I work hard to provide fast and courteous service, as my aim is complete customer satisfaction. Thank you for visiting my store. In other words, bid with confidence.

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