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Seller: dogstar_rising (643) 100%, Location: Astoria, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264301002027 ICONIC WOODBLOCK BOOKPLATE FROM HOKUSAI’S MANGA VOL. 11 (Denshin kaishu) Hokusai manga, vol.11 (伝神開手)北斎漫画, 十一編 (Transmission From the Gods) covering “all things in the universe.” Manga Vol 11 was First published in 1819 This edition: Late Meiji era (1890’s); Publisher, Tohekido 100% GUARANTEED TO BE A MEIJI ERA EDITION FAN PRINT Illustrations were all set in black, gray & pink pastel colors. Excellent bookplate. Approximately 15.8 x 22.7 cm. No issues, good registry & impression. As the original blocks were quite bold, even in a later edition such as this the blocks printed well without much loss of detail. Printed on silky-warm, hand-made washi paper. With absolutely no toning at all whatsoever (which is indeed quite rare). The generations that owned this volume of Manga 11 evidently took great care of it. Either that or it was just buried out of sight from even the notorious bookworms that have ravaged so many ancient books of Japan.—No toning, wrinkles or stains. GREAT STATE OF PRESERVATION. VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOKUSAI’S FAMOUS MANGA! OVER 125 YEARS OLD. It is no exaggeration to state that the Manga stand as one of the great achievements of world art. A clean bookplate from Manga Vol. 11 is quite a rarity and in great demand. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OFFERED If this is not for you then WITH THE HOLIDAYS APPROACHING what better gift than an authentic woodblock print by one of Japan’s most cherished artists—and over one hundred years old. It will only appreciate with time! ————————–—————————–— 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.

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