Shaka goichidai zue [trans.: Pictorial History of Shakyamuni].
By Isai Yamada. Illus. by Hokusai Katsushika. 18 double-page & 17 single illus. 34; 38; 39; 35; 30; 27 folding leaves. Six vols. 8vo, orig. orange patterned wrappers, title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka: Kawachiya Mohe, 1845. One of Hokusai's major later illustrated books; it is a selection from the life story of Shaka. Hokusai made 35 illustrations for 27 episodes and 23 of these are possibly new iconographies in Shaka's biography. Fine set. ❧ Hillier, The Art of Hokusai in Book Illustration, pp. 236-37-"Hokusai does his best to conform to a semi-religious text without, one senses, the same enthusiasm that renders his illustrations to the Chinese-type novels so stirring." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5266)
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