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HOKUSAI: ONE HUNDRED POETS

Morse, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0807612138 / ISBN 13: 9780807612132
Published by George Braziller, Inc., New York, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hokusaid, Japan's greatest 19th century artist, left one major project unfinished upon his death in 1849: The prints he intended to accompany and illustrate the 13th century Japanese anthology, "One Hundred Poets," in which each poet was respresented by a single poem. At the time of his death, Hokusai had completed only 27 of the 100 he envisioned, with drawings or designs for at least 64 more partially finished. This book brings together for the first time all 89 of "One Hundred Poets" subjects available. First Printing, First Edition. An oblong quarto (14 x 10 inches); 222 pages in dark-orange, cloth-covered boards with gold lettering on front cover and spine. 41 full color plates and 70 black & white illustrations. With an introduction and commentary by Peter Morse. Includes a bibliography and index. A small, neat inscription to previous owner on fep and a touch of foxing and soiling on text edges, o/w boards and text are complete, clean and unmarked, tight and square, not remaindered. The dustjacket shows an irregular, nickel-sized area where the finish has been damaged (probably removal of a price sticker), two small holes scratched in the jacket on the fold between the dj's front panel and spine, and three small tears along the dj's top edge as well as minor wear and chipping at the spine ends. That said, the dj is 99% complete with minimal damage to the pictorial front panel. A very decent reading/study copy of a relatively scarce edition. [Sorry, given this book's large size and weight, we cannot accept priority/express orders or orders from outside the U.S.]. Bookseller Inventory # 005437

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Title: HOKUSAI: ONE HUNDRED POETS

Publisher: George Braziller, Inc., New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition.

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This lavishly illustrated, oversized (17" x 10") book brings together the last major print series of the celebrated Japanese artist Hokusai (1760-1849) and the Japanese poetry that inspired these beautiful prints. Whether showing semi-nude women abalone divers struggling with their catch while a male crew of shriveled old salts leers from a nearby boat, or the carefree rapture of a leisurely group of men and women observing cherry blossoms at their peak, Hokusai captures, with drama and delicacy, sublime and ridiculous states. The artist's simplicity, though deceptive, is also remarkable: he illustrates a poem about a lovers' seaside tryst with a magnificently imposing yet unadorned sailing vessel, its small window offering a coy glimpse of the fortunate couple inside. Each of the 111 color prints (as well as 41 black-and-white sketches of projected prints apparently never completed) is accompanied by the poem, in Japanese and English, a biographical note on the poet and by Peter Morse's comments on literary and artistic intention and execution.

About the Author:

Peter Morse is Research Associate at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. A renowned connoisseur of Japanese prints, he is currently completing the catalogue raissoné of Hokusai's work.

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