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Hokusai
Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849
Sketches of Iitsu
(Iitsu manga)

ehon; with later title slip, Iitsu Manga on the cover, and Gakyo Rojin Hitsu, Iitsu Manga on title page; dated on the colophon, Tenpo juni ushitoshi (Tenpo 12 [1841], year of the ox), Hokoku (expanded edition); along with publishing information, Toto (Eastern Capital), Nishimura Yohachi, Iseya Sanjiro, Fujiya Sobei; on back page inscribed in sumi ink by collector, ?-tukamachi (place), Kitamoto Toyojiro with seal Kitamoto shozo; with light blue replaced cover and title slip, Iitsu Manga, with protective chiitsu brocade cover with bone clasps, with descriptive inscription on inside, Kiseru kanagu tzuroku (metal pipe design catalogue), 1841
4 3/4 by 3 3/8 in., 12 by 8.5 cm
This miniature ehon of craftsmen's designs is a reduced version of one of the three volumes entitled, Imayo Kushi-kiseru Hinagata ('Models for Combs and Pipes of Today'), published in 1823. See Jack Hillier, The Art of Hokusai in Book Illustration, 1980, pp. 181-184 for discussion and comparisons.
price: $ 1,100