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Hokusai Manga


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A stylish three-volume boxed set of Katsushika Hokusai’s renowned manga drawings, considered a precursor of contemporary manga

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In 1814, the great Japanese artist and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) published the first volume of a handbook of his sketches: Hokusai Manga. Originally designed as a reference for his students to emulate, it surpassed all expectations and became a bestseller, eventually expanding to 15 volumes and over 4,000 images.

This three-volume edition is an extensive selection of Hokusai’s sketches, which present all the themes, motifs and techniques found in his art. Although they are not based around an ongoing narrative, the caricatures, satirical drawings and multi-panel illustrations can clearly be seen as a forerunner of manga as it is understood today.

Volume 1 explores Edo Life, the everyday world of the city that would later become Tokyo, featuring people from all walks of life at work and at play. Volume 2 is devoted to The Wonders of Nature, including animals, birds and fish as well as landscapes, weather and scenes of natural beauty. Finally, volume 3, Flights of Fancy, is packed with mythical creatures, supernatural beings and all sorts of weird and wonderful imagery from the master’s imagination. This collection has enchanted and inspired artists and art-lovers for two centuries and is now ripe for rediscovery.

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'This beautiful set of three allows us to indulge in the elegance and beauty of [Hokusai’s] illustrations from 1814'

'The art in this book is as crisp as the original woodblock printings'
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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 14.8 x 10.5 cm

Extent: 1040 pp

Publication date: 1 November 2018

ISBN: 9780500294611

Contents List

Volume 1: The Life and Manners of the Day • Volume 2: The Whole Earth Catalogue Volume 3: Fanciful, Mythical and Supernatural

About the Author

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, which includes the iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.