The Hokusai Sketch Books: Selections from the Manga by James A. Michener
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Tokyo. Charles E. Tuttle Company. 1958. First edition. Hardcover, clothbound w. pictorial dust jacket. Boards covered in ochre and charcoal silk with gold English lettering on spine and Japanese lettering in charcoal on front board. Book condition: Fine, some edge wear and slightly worn cover, flap clipped. Jacket condition: Good, mild toning and wear, small tear in hinge. Issued with slipcase, slightly worn. 286 pp. (ill. in colour).
Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist of the Edo period best known for his iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. The Hokusai Sketch Books: Selections from the Manga—of which the first manuscript was lost in a Pacific Ocean plane crash en route to publishers in Japan—is a collection of the 187 full-page plates and hundreds of text decorations by the iconic artist. It provides a glimpse into Hokusai's creative process and his keen observational skills as he captured moments of daily life, as well as his imaginative interpretations of various subjects.