Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849
Warriors Illustrated: China and Japan
(Wakan ehon sakigake sho-hen)
ehon, 1 vol. complete; with worn black/brown cover with title slip Ehon Sakigake, zen (replaced); the title page with a longer title, Wakan ehon sakigake sho-hen, and signed Zen Hokusai Aratame Gakyo-rojin Manji Iitsu; dated on the colophon Tenpo shichi Hinoe-Saru-nen (Tenpo 7, 1836, 'younger brother fire-monkey': the zodiac and elemental combination for that year), shogatsu hako (published in the 2nd month), published by Wanya Kibei
ehon 8 7/8 by 6 1/8 in., 22.6 by 15.6 cm
This volume is the first from a warrior trilogy illustrated by Hokusai. The second, Ehon musashi abumi (Picture Book- The Stirrups of Musashi), was published in 1836 only one month after Wakan ehon sakigake. The third, Ehon wakan no homare, although signed by Hokusai 'in his seventy-seventh year,' (1835), was actually published posthumously in 1850. Hokusai wrote the introduction to the preface of this first volume himself.
Jack Hillier, The Art of Hokusai in Book Illustration, 1980, p. 226-228, nos. 209 & 210
Jack Hillier & Lawrence Smith, Japanese Prints: 300 Years of Albums and Books, 1980, p. 6 & p. 32, no. 109
Jack Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book, 1987, vol. II, p. 888, no. 590
Gian Carlo Calza, Hokusai: Il vecchio pazzo per la pittura, 1999, p. 374, no. VI.8
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