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Hi All,

 

I may have an opportunity to buy an original Hokusai Manga.

 

What should I be careful of and looking out for?

 

Cheers,

Greg

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Hi Greg, may be it's more a sketchbook than a manga. Ask the seller for pics.

 

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Hi Greg,

 

There are several impressions of the Hokusai Manga, which extended to 15 volumes, from 1815 to 1878.

 

There are later impressions in both Meiji, Taisho and Showa era.

 

The early impressions are woodblock printed, often in Fukurotoji format.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_books

 

Here are some examples:

 

https://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/851646?fbclid=IwAR03GnvVPxyMU4M3XhavsE2fJNZ9g1z5VQqFjnUVQF2CdEsjdoQ3lNPHgGg

 

https://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/851648?fbclid=IwAR1fQQafBOFX2EWNXCTOakUgb3NpzFdCHGJDDyK4gYBBE9qCbktG01DuFmY

 

Watch out for insect and water damage.

 

:)

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Thank you for your replies.

The seller indicted that the prints are only in black and white.

I guess that likely means the prints are not original??

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The Hokusai manga were originally sketches made with black ink.

 

Later hands may have added colour to editions, possibly to increase sales, but this is not how they were intended.

 

Clue:

 

It's all in the weave of the Paper.

 

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