by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Hokusai's Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - Around 1805 - 1806, Hokusai designed a wonderful Tokaido Road series in an unusual vertical format. Most images focus on the figure rather than the landscape, showing travelers up close as they journey along the Tokaido or pause for a break along the roadside. Beautifully detailed, these lively scenes offer an intriguing view of the sights and experiences encountered along this famed route, bordered with pink clouds.
This Complete Set - This complete set includes 55 lithograph reproductions, comprised of the 53 stations plus the starting point, Nihonbashi, and the ending point, Kyoto, along with a lithograph portrait of the artist and a table of contents in Japanese. The prints are backed with paper and mounted side to side and back to back, accordion style. The cloth covers feature an image based on a design from Hokusai's famous "Thirty-six Views of Fuji." Originals from this early series by Hokusai are rarely seen on the market. A nice way to acquire a complete set of this classic Hokusai series.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Size - Each image 9 1/8" x 7 7/8" + margins as shown; page size 11 7/8" x 8 5/8"; overall size 12 1/8" x 9" x 3/4"
Condition - Prints with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Four prints, the portrait, and table of contents have large stains. One print has small losses, repaired with backing. Table of contents has a loss at edge. Cover and attached portrait are separated from rest of album. A few tears at folds. Please see photos for details.
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