Shaka goichidai zue [trans.: Pictorial History of Shakyamuni]. By Isai Yamada. Illus. by Hokusai Katsushika. HOKUSAI.
Shaka goichidai zue [trans.: Pictorial History of Shakyamuni]. By Isai Yamada. Illus. by Hokusai Katsushika.
Shaka goichidai zue [trans.: Pictorial History of Shakyamuni]. By Isai Yamada. Illus. by Hokusai Katsushika.

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.”.

Price: $1,500.00

Item ID: 5266

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