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HOKUSAI, Katsushika.


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[Edo 1850, Suharaya]. Original grey stitched wrs., 2 vol.set grey covers, title slips faint, Takai Ranzan commentator and author, vol.1: pp.2-28; vol.2: pp. 29-49,title page supplied in facsimile, vol. 1, as is, 15.5 x 23 cm. Third Edition . *** **** *** . . . HOKUSAI ILLUSTRATES THE CONFUCIAN CLASSIC . . . ON FILIAL PIETY * The famous and celebrated Chinese Confucian classic, HSIAO-CHING [XIAO QING] was a well-know treatise in Japan, and it was imported from China centuries ago. The original classic was done in Chinese in one volumes with 18 chapters. . The contents are the teachings of Confucius on filial piety, given as a talk with his pupil Tseng Ts'an. It is thought that the work was written by some pupils of Confucius, listening to his master's talk with Tseng Ts'an. See Toda below. . *** TITLE: The alternate title as per Kerlin is EHON KOBUN KOKYO. The wood blocks were carved by Egawa Sentaro. The work was compiled by Goshatei Kizan. . *** THE ARTIST: KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI [1760-1849]: The work is signed Zen Hokusai I-itsu ga. . Hokusai was Japan's most famous Edo period illustrator of Japanese genre, landscape, scenery and of the daily lives and occupations of the commoners. His works are full of cheerfulness, humor, optimism and he had a knack of capturing the true nature of his time, people and life style. He was affectionately called the "MAD MAN ON DRAWING" by the Japanese. His works continue to fascinate the world over ! . *** THE ILLUSTRATIONS: The work has 25 illustrations in vol.1 and 2 in vol. 2. For exact collation see Kerlin & Toda below. . * EDITION: The first edition was issued in 1834, and is very difficult to obtain. The contents of the first and third editions of 1850, remain the same. See Dr. Lane who refers to the 1864 [second edition] on p. 308, item #241 per citation below. In any case the first and third editions are identical, in size, illustration count. . *** CONDITION: This set is bound in the original orange stitched wrappers, with the usual minor rubbing to the covers, dusty and a bit minor soil. . Contents a bit dusty, usual, but minor thumbing, some old worming mostly in margins, illustrations are by and large not affected. Vol. 1 a few pages have a few small worm holes, not major. Vol. 2 last two illustrations have 3.4 cm. worm in lower part of page. . With a facsimile of the title page stitched into volume one, new end papers inside front covers. . *** BIBLIOGRAPHY: . K. Toda: THE RYERSON COLLECTION OF JAPANESE AND CHINESE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, p.265, bottom of page. * H. Kerlin: CATALOGUE OF PRE-MEIJI JAPANESE BOOKS.see item number 281, * KSM [kyokun, kyoten] 1-493-1 * Jack Hillier.: ART OF HOKUSAI BOOK ILLUSTRATION: item #242, no. 142, p.108 plate 190 shows the title page of this book, now provided from this resource in facsimile. Text begins on p. 208-208. Per Hillier: ".a few brilliant improvisations, including the charming title-page, with opposing panels of crows on a plain ground and plovers in reserve on a black ground." He continues on p.208-209: "One of them [illustrations] is Basho, showing the great haiku poet standing on a dangerous cliff-ledge path leading to the infamous Hanging Bridge of Kiso. He is in the very pose, bent over a supporting stick, that Hokusai adopted in a famous self-portrait, and the haiku by Basho." Basho is illustrated as plate 191 on p.209. * Kraft: vol.2, no. 72 [1864 edition; vol. 3, NO. 110 * Richard Lane; HOKUSAI LIFE AND WORK, plate 315 on p.247; pp. 248, 308 #241. He also refers to the 1864 [second edition] on p. 308, item #241. It would appear the first and third editions are identical, in size & illustration count. . ***. Bookseller Inventory # 29012301

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